Chamber quartet Sandbox Percussion will perform composer and violinist Matt McBane’s Bathymetry in its entirety in this celebratory world premiere performance featuring an opening set by Matt McBane.

December 16, 2022
7:30 pm
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Chamber quartet Sandbox Percussion will perform composer and violinist Matt McBane’s Bathymetry in its entirety in this world premiere performance featuring an opening set by Matt McBane. Bathymetry–a reference to how bass synthesizers affect percussive sounds, mimicking how the ocean floor shapes the waves above–draws from western classical minimalism and incorporates modern electronic music production. McBane first became interested in the ocean floor as a teen surfer, and this album sees him recreate that mysterious underwater world. Created for analog synthesizer and percussion, Bathymetry also utilizes a mix of found instruments like mixing bowls, ping-pong balls, and glass bottles in a nod to Youtube ASMR videos. McBane’s use of a singular synthesizer acts as a unifying line throughout Bathymetry, shaping each movement like the tide on sea glass. Journey through Earth's final frontier with Sandbox Percussion in this world premiere performance of Matt McBane’s Bathymetry as they explore the various ways sound can shape and move us. 

Bathymetry is out now via Cantaloupe Music.


Matt McBane is a composer, producer and violinist whose music draws on classical minimalism and avant pop; analog synthesizers and fiddle music; orchestras and found percussion; number patterns and emotional nuance. He has been described as “a natural composer, a fresh voice” by the Los Angeles Times. His newest album, ‘Bathymetry,’ is a composition for percussion and analog synthesizer with Sandbox Percussion (2022 Grammy nominees) to be released November 2022 on Cantaloupe Music. His next big project is an album-length composition for cellist Ashley Bathgate and Mantra Percussion to be premiered in 2023.  

He has written for ensembles including Wild Up, So Percussion, Aizuri Quartet, Bearthoven, Calder Quartet and NOW Ensemble, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Brooklyn Festival, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Bang on a Can Marathon (NYC), Le Poisson Rouge (NYC), and many others. His music was featured in the 2022 Hulu/BBC show ‘Conversations with Friends.’ His 25-min suite for bluegrass string band, ‘Drawn’ was released on the Jake Schepps Quintet's album ‘Entwined’ which was called an album of the year by Colorado Public Radio.

Matt is the violinist and composer for his instrumental band, Build, which released two albums on New Amsterdam Records and has been described by New York Magazine as a “rocking post-classical quintet which takes inspiration from minimalist chamber music, instrumental rock, modal jazz, and more.” Matt is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Carlsbad Music Festival, widely known for its programming of “adventurous music by the beach.” He holds degrees from Princeton University and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and is currently finishing his PhD at Princeton.

Described as “exhilarating” by The New York Times, and “utterly mesmerizing” by The Guardian, GRAMMY®-nominated ensemble Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading proponent of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.

Sandbox Percussion’s 2021 album Seven Pillars was nominated for two GRAMMY® awards. This evening-length work by Andy Akiho with stage direction and lighting design by Michael Joseph McQuilken is Sandbox’s largest commission to date. 

Sandbox Percussion was appointed ensemble-in-residence and percussion faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2021, where they have created a curriculum with entrepreneurship and chamber music at its core. In 2016, Sandbox Percussion founded the annual NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar - a week-long seminar that invites percussion students from across the globe to rehearse and perform some of today’s leading percussion chamber music repertoire. 

In 2020, Sandbox Percussion released their debut album And That One Too on Coviello Classics. This season, they will release two albums, featuring the music of composers Matt McBane and Jerome Begin.

Sandbox Percussion endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Remo drumheads, and Black Swamp accessories.

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Dec 16

Matt McBane and Sandbox Percussion