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The innovative, groundbreaking Brooklyn-based quartet So Percussion have redefined this is of the word “percussion ensemble.” Though set up in 1999 to try out contemporary classical functions, they have caused an array of composers, music artists, and documenting artists in various other genres aswell. Furthermore to drums and traditional percussion equipment, Therefore Percussion have produced their own equipment and play from tea mugs and walnut planks to rose pots and amplified cactus. The group emerged jointly as graduate learners on the Yale College of Music, though Jason Treuting may be the only remaining unique member. Adam Sliwinski became a member of in 2002, Josh Quillen in 2006, and Eric Seaside in 2007. The group’s preliminary purpose was to execute the repertoire of 20th hundred years masters such as for example John Cage, Steve Reich, George Crumb, and Iannis Xenakis. After an encounter with David Lang, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and co-founder of New York’s Bang on the Can, their eyesight shifted and extended. Their 1st commissioned function was his three-movement The So-Called Laws and regulations of Character, in 2002. It had been recorded alongside Evan Ziporyn’s Melody Competition on the self-titled debut in 2004 for Cantaloupe Music. Subsequently, they started commissioning new functions from additional composers including Steven Mackey and Paul Lansky, in addition to Lang. In 2005 Therefore Percussion released a completely different connection with Reich’s classic structure Drumming. The four people performed all nine percussion tools, as well as the composer’s personal group of performers collaborated together. To be able to expand their focus even more, they started to compose their very own works, you start with Amid the Sound by Treuting. It had been released exactly the same yr with accompanying video clips by Jenise Treuting. They proceeded to go a stage further in 2007, creating their very own label, shhh Productions, release a projects beyond your parameters of the record cope with Cantaloupe Music. The debut launch for shhh was an audio/video bundle of a efficiency of composer Dan Trueman’s Five (And-a-Half) Landscapes, recorded by Therefore Percussion and Trollstilt with video artwork from Judy Trueman. In 2008 they started developing the Music for Trains task in southern Vermont. The task took place throughout a monthlong residency that focused around performances around Brattleboro and Bellows Falls, including their teach stations. These shows included pre-recorded mp3 players — to become listened to within the trains — sundry components gathered from the city, an on-stage sculpture by Ahren Ahrenholz, and video. This is implemented in ’09 2009 with the evening-length creation Imaginary City, motivated by Italo Calvino’s book Invisible Metropolitan areas. The project utilized source material in the six metropolitan areas that commissioned it and where it had been performed: Brooklyn, Houston, Cleveland, Helena, Denver, and Burlington. It included video by Jenise Treuting and was aimed by Rinde Eckert. That yr also found the creation from the Therefore Percussion Summer season Institute (SoSI), founded in ’09 2009, on Princeton University’s campus. Therefore Percussion’s first documented nonclassical cooperation occurred for the 2010 recording Treasure Condition with American digital band Matmos. This is merely the starting gambit within an ongoing sonic development. Collaborations and looks with performers as assorted as Dan Deacon, Bobby Previte, Medeski, Martin & Real wood, Glenn Kotche, the Dirty Projectors, among others adopted. The ensemble people had been also appointed co-directors of a fresh percussion department in the Bard University Conservatory of Music. Though it had been written to them in 2005, Therefore Percussion released their documenting of Lansky’s Threads in January of 2011. It had been the start of a prolific yr. In Sept, their reading of Reich’s Malletts was released within the composer’s WTC 9/11 recording on non-esuch, and their very own documenting of Mackey’s IT REALLY IS Time premiered by Cantaloupe. In Oct, Poor Mango, their documented cooperation with Dave Douglas, premiered for the trumpeter’s Greenleaf Music label, while they released their own functionality of Martin Bresnick’s Caprichos Enfaticos on Cantaloupe. It had been implemented in November by David Lang’s rating/soundtrack for the film The Woodmans. In March of 2012, Therefore Percussion commemorated Cage’s 100th birthday with some three American shows of his several works. Entitled WE ALL HAVE BEEN Moving in Different Directions, its heart was commensurate with his visual of indeterminacy; each evening’s display comprised different parts, and musical contributors Martin Schmidt, Deacon, Cenk Ergün, and Beth Meyers had been enlisted. A distinctive, limited commemorative documenting was packed and sold within an model of 300 copies. In Sept, the ensemble released Where (we) Reside in cooperation with guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Gray McMurray. In addition they staged multi-artist, media performances of the task. Therefore Percussion’s documenting of Trueman’s “notebook/percussion quartet with turntable” structure Neither Anvil Nor Pulley (which initial debuted in concert this year 2010) was released as an electronic download in 2013. Guy Forever (John Colpitts, aka Child A huge number) enlisted Therefore Percussion as co-billed collaborators for his springtime 2014 discharge, Ryonen.

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Full Name So Percussion
Music Songs Water, Needles, I. Prelude -, Music for Wood and Strings:, Go, part I, II. Recitative -, Aluminum, sweetness, What the Hell, Treasure, July, June, tune, Steve Reich: Mallet Quartet I. Fast, III. Chorus -, IV. Aria -, dreamer, part III, Work Slow Life, Fire Escapes, X. Chorale Prelude, March, Recitative, May, part II, White, oscillation, pot melody, Drumkit Quartet #1, VIII. Recitative -, titles
Albums Glenn Kotche: Drumkit Quartets, Neither Anvil nor Pulley, Where (we) Live, Amid the Noise, Treasure State, Drumming (So Percussion), Paul Lansky: Threads, Steve Reich - Drumming, Bresnick: Caprichos Enfaticos, Threads, Music for Wood and Strings, So Percussion, Lang: The Woodmans - Music from the Film, Bobby Previte: Terminals


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#Fact
1 He is recognized as a virtuoso on the hi-hat. For this reason, Peter Gabriel recruited him to play the hi-hat on his 1986 song "Red Rain". Copeland is the first musician heard on the record.
2 Co-founder, w/Miles A. Copeland III, of Ark 21 Records in 1997.
3 Step-cousin of Courteney Cox.
4 Attended The American Community School of Beirut in Lebanon as a child.
5 Lives in Los Angeles.
6 Has six children. With his first wife, he had three sons (Sven, Jordan, and Scott). With his current wife, he has three daughters (Eve, Grace, and Celeste).
7 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Police) on 10 March 2003.
8 On Sept. 1, 2002, he was presented as the drummer in a re-united version of The Doors. The band, also dubbed "The 21st Century Doors", features original band members Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, with lead singer of The Cult, Ian Astbury, on vocals.
9 He is fluent in Arabic, the main language spoken during his childhood.
10 Brother of Ian Copeland
11 His brother Miles A. Copeland III was the founder of IRS Records, an A&M subsidiary, in the 1980s.
12 He was the founding member of The Police with future soloist Sting. The group had five #1 singles in the UK between 1979 and 1983 before breaking up in 1986.
13 Copeland's father, Miles Copeland, was a trumpeter in Glenn Miller's Air Force Band, and later became a founding agent in the CIA.
14 Lived in Egypt and Lebanon for a time when he was young due to his parents' careers (his father was in the CIA and his mother was an archaeologist.)


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee 2005-2007 TV Series 15 episodes
Pucked 2006
Love Wrecked 2005
Fish Eye 2005 Short
Riding the Bus with My Sister 2005 TV Movie
Dead Like Me 2003-2004 TV Series 29 episodes
Desperate Housewives 2004 TV Series 1 episode
Amazon Forever 2004
Evel Knievel 2004 TV Movie
I Am David 2003
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly 2002 Video Game
Breaking News 2002 TV Series
Me and Daphne 2002 Short
Deuces Wild 2002
On the Line 2001
Spyro: Year of the Dragon 2000 Video Game
Sunset Strip 2000
More Dogs Than Bones 2000
Boys and Girls 2000
Skipped Parts 2000
Brutally Normal 2000 TV Series 7 episodes
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! 1999 Video Game
Simpatico 1999
Made Men 1999
She's All That 1999
Legalese 1998 TV Movie
Futuresport 1998 TV Movie
Pecker 1998 music by
Very Bad Things 1998
Spyro the Dragon 1998 Video Game
West Beirut 1998
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1998 TV Movie
Good Burger 1997
Little Boy Blue 1997
Four Days in September 1997
Insiders 1997 TV Series 6 episodes
Gridlock'd 1997
The Leopard Son 1996 Documentary
The Assassination File 1996 TV Movie
Boys 1996
The Pallbearer 1996
Judgement 1995 Short
White Dwarf 1995 TV Movie
Tyson 1995 TV Movie
Silent Fall 1994
Surviving the Game 1994
Rapa Nui 1994
Decadence 1994
Fresh 1994
Horse Opera 1993 TV Movie
Airborne 1993
Raining Stones 1993
Bank Robber 1993
Wide Sargasso Sea 1993
Babylon 5: The Gathering 1993 TV Movie 1993 original score
Screen One 1992 TV Series 1 episode
Afterburn 1992 TV Movie
Fugitive Among Us 1992 TV Movie
Riff-Raff 1991
Highlander II: The Quickening 1991
Men at Work 1990
Taking Care of Business 1990
Hidden Agenda 1990
The First Power 1990
Shalom Salaam 1989 TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989
Noah's Ark 1989 Video short
The Jogger 1988/I
Talk Radio 1988
She's Having a Baby 1988
Wall Street 1987
The Equalizer 1985-1987 TV Series 51 episodes
Out of Bounds 1986
The Rhythmatist 1985 Documentary
Rumble Fish 1983

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee 2005-2007 TV Series composer - 15 episodes
Dead Like Me 2003-2004 TV Series composer - 28 episodes
Deuces Wild 2002 musician: percussion and piano
The Amanda Show 1999-2001 TV Series composer - 13 episodes
Skipped Parts 2000 musician: percussion, bass guitar and piano / score producer
Simpatico 1999 musician: keyboards, drums and bass
Pecker 1998 musician: piano, bass, drums
Gridlock'd 1997 percussion performer
The Pallbearer 1996 musician: percussion
Fresh 1994 orchestra - drums
Airborne 1993 musician: drums
The Equalizer 1986-1989 TV Series theme by - 37 episodes
Out of Bounds 1986 music score producer
The Great Heep 1986 TV Movie composer: additional music
Droids 1985 TV Series composer - 13 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dancing with the Stars 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Independent Lens TV Series documentary arranger - 1 episode, 2011 performer - 1 episode, 2011 producer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Ha-Shminiya 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare 2001 Video Game performer: "Alone in the Dark" Theme Song / producer: "Alone in the Dark" Theme Song / writer: "Alone in the Dark" Theme Song
Boys and Girls 2000 writer: "Straight Cold Player"
Skipped Parts 2000 performer: "Do The Shark" / writer: "Do The Shark"
Boiler Room 2000 writer: "Wait Gekko", "I Just Know"
Farscape 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Simpatico 1999 arranger: "My Old Kentucky Home" 1853 / performer: "My Old Kentucky Home" 1853, "Free of It All" 1999 / writer: "Free of It All" 1999
Pecker 1998 performer: "Straight Boys", "Don't Drop the Soap For Anyone Else But Me", "Pecker Man" / writer: "Straight Boys", "Don't Drop the Soap For Anyone Else But Me", "Pecker Man"
Very Bad Things 1998 writer: "Walls Come Down" 1998
Boys 1996 performer: "She's Not There"
Peter Gabriel's Secret World 1994 TV Movie documentary writer: "Across The River" - as Stuart Copeland
Afterburn 1992 TV Movie writer: "For One Moment"
Highlander II: The Quickening 1991 producer: "Bird Flight", "Destroy Shield", "Sunshield / Dam Escape"
The Jogger 1988/I writer: "Strange Things Happen"
Earth Girls Are Easy 1988 performer: "THROB" / producer: "THROB" / writer: "THROB"
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986 performer: "Strange Things Happen" / producer: "Strange Things Happen" / writer: "Strange Things Happen"
Out of Bounds 1986 performer: "OUT OF BOUNDS" / producer: "OUT OF BOUNDS" / writer: "OUT OF BOUNDS"
Club Paradise 1986 performer: "Gong Rock" / writer: "Gong Rock"
9½ Weeks 1986 performer: "Cannes" / writer: "Cannes"
Droids 1985 TV Series performer: "In Trouble Again" Opening Theme / writer: "In Trouble Again" Opening Theme
Bachelor Party 1984 writer: "Rehumanize Yourself"
The Cutting Edge Happy Hour 1983 TV Series performer: "Theme for Kinetic Ritual" - as Klark Kent / writer: "Theme for Kinetic Ritual"
Rumble Fish 1983 performer: "Don't Box Me In" / writer: "Don't Box Me In"
Urgh! A Music War 1981 Documentary writer: "So Lonely"
Top of the Pops TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1978

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1999 American Soldier #1 (voice)
Limboland 1994 TV Series 1994
Horse Opera 1993 TV Movie Jesse James
The Equalizer 1987 TV Series Pickpocket

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Island Fever with Stewart Copeland 2016 TV Movie executive producer
Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out 2006 Documentary producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out 2006 Documentary

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out 2006 Documentary

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out 2006 Documentary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crude 2009 Documentary very special thanks
Urban Strike 1994 Video Game special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dreadtown Documentary post-production Himself
Island Fever with Stewart Copeland 2016 TV Movie Himself
The Nation's Favourite 80s Number One 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
City Walk 2015 TV Series documentary
Hell's Kitchen 2014 TV Series Himself - Restaurant Patron
Tavis Smiley 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
The Us Festival 1982: The US Generation Documentary 2013 Documentary
Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police 2012 Documentary
Reincarnated 2012 Documentary Himself
The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Beware of Mr. Baker 2012 Documentary
How the Brits Rocked America 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Storage Wars 2012 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Invocation 2010 Documentary Himself
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Himself - Drummer, The Police
Rock'n'roll... Of Corse! 2010 Documentary Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2009 TV Series Himself - Interview
The Crossroads with Martin Anthony 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... 2009 TV Series Himself
Better Than Therapy 2008 Video Himself
The Police: Certifiable 2008 Video Himself
One Giant Leap 2: What About Me? 2008 Video documentary Himself
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Breakfast 2007 TV Series Himself
Just the Two of Us 2006-2007 TV Series Judge
Durch die Nacht mit... 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Zibb 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
'Rumble Fish': The Percussion-Based Score 2005 Video short Himself
SingStar Party 2004 Video Game Himself (as the Police)
I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Big Sound 2001 TV Series Himself
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Behind the Music 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Searching for Roger Taylor 2000 Documentary Himself
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 1 - Sundance 1999 Video documentary Himself
Music Bridges Over Troubled Waters 1999 Documentary Himself
Warp 1999 TV Series Himself
I Want My MTV 1996 Video Himself
She's Having a Baby 1988 Himself (uncredited)
The Police: Every Breath You Take - The Videos 1987 Video Himself
No 73 1985 TV Series Himself
The Rhythmatist 1985 Documentary Stewart Copeland
The Police: Synchronicity Concert 1984 Video documentary Himself - Drums, Vocals
The Young Ones 1984 TV Series Himself - Ken Bishop's Nice Twelve
Late Night with David Letterman 1984 TV Series Himself
Cheggers Plays Pop 1983 TV Series Himself
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar 1982 TV Series Himself
Police: Around the World 1982 Video Himself
Urgh! A Music War 1981 Documentary Himself - Police
Beat-Club 1980 TV Series Himself - Musician
Punk and Its Aftershocks 1980 Documentary Himself (as The Police)
Top of the Pops 1978-1979 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Police

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Schola: Sakamoto Ryûichi ongaku no gakkô 2010 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 2 2007 TV Series Himself
Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out 2006 Documentary Himself
The Filth and the Fury 2000 Documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1979-1995 TV Series Himself - The Police / Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Desperate Housewives (2004) · Danny Elfman
· Steve Bartek
· Steve Jablonsky
2004 BMI Cable Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Amanda Show (1999)
1998 Hollywood Discovery Award Hollywood Film Awards Music in Film Visionary
1993 CableACE CableACE Awards Original Score Afterburn (1992)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) Dead Like Me (2003)
1984 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Score - Motion Picture Rumble Fish (1983)


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#Quote
1 I have the most enormous gong in the world; it's bigger than Neil Peart's, and it's bigger than John Bonham's. If Neil has a revolving kit, then I have a bigger gong. I play other instruments as well, mind you, but drums are my main thing.
2 I didn't say I was religious. I'm a big fan of the Old Testament and the perfidy it contains. I read very little fiction.
3 [in 1980] We've broken all existing records as far back as The Beatles, at this point, in terms of speed of record sales, the kind of hysteria. There hasn't been such a clear lead for one group, ahead of all the rest. The last group who had a clear lead were Queen, but we're bigger now than Queen were then. We're probably bigger than Led Zeppelin too, because they never had any teen appeal or hysteria. I suppose the Bay City Rollers had hysteria, but they didn't have any music.
4 I have great respect for rap artists. In fact, not for the rap artists, but the people who make the music over which they rap. Rap music - the music itself is incredible - but [the people that make the music] are hardly ever credited. The guy who gets the credit, whose picture is on the album cover, is the guy who's making the unpleasant noise with stupid lyrics that don't mean anything to me. But the music underneath it is really important and really creative. Those guys never seem to be credited.
5 In our day, we were The Beatles of the '70s or the '80s or whichever...and we were the biggest thing since whatever and then six months after we broke up, Duran Duran were the biggest. After that, somebody else was and, six months ago, Oasis were the biggest. Now the Spice Girls are. So it's kind of hard to take any of that seriously.
6 The film composer has the widest skill set of any musician because he has to go to places that his instincts wouldn't take him. I learned all kinds of useful stuff that I now apply to my own artistic vision.
7 I was not a big fan of opera. I didn't really "get" the first few I saw until I saw a David Hockney production of "Tristan". That was en education as to what it's all about with opera: the power, the majesty, the kick-ass of a big orchestra and a big story.
8 I am a crusader, educating musicians who have the depth of talent for large-scale enterprises. I encourage them. It's really a lot of fun. It's magnificent when you hear the orchestra pump it out. Learning to score a chart is easier than learning French. There are fewer words and, being musicians, the people I'm talking about already have that covered.
9 When I was a film composer under a deadline those instruments would gather dust. And any time I spent hooting away on my bass clarinet just for the fun of it felt like time wasted. Then I came to the realization that it's not goofing off, that's what I'm here for.
10 Classical music was always going through my head. Even when I listened to Hendrix [Jimi Hendrix] I imagined strings around him. I was never into opera, though. I had a problem with the singers. That exaggerated vibrato. It obscures the melody. Then I saw Wagner [Richard Wagner]'s "Parsifal" and I got it - overwrought dramatic subjects and overwrought dramatic music sobbing with emotion. When the opportunity to write one came, I thought, "There's nothing wrong with opera that a good opera wouldn't fix".
11 Smile my friends, in show-biz you have to take the rough with the smooth.

#Trademark
1 Virtuoso technique on the hi-hat
2 Plays drums utilizing the traditional grip, where the right hand uses an overhand grip of one drumstick, while the left hand uses an underhand grip of the other stick. This is a rarity among rock drummers, almost all of whom use match grip, or an overhand grip on both sticks.
3 Ever-present suede leather gloves when playing his drums

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