Wilco’s Glenn Kotche to Perform at Overture Next Week with Third Coast Percussion

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Contact: Sarah Knab | 608.258.4438

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GRAMMY®-winning Wilco Drummer Wrote Wild Sound for Third Coast Percussion

Glenn Kotche Will Perform with Chicago-based GRAMMY®-winning Percussion Group At Overture

“Extravagant…immediately engaging” -Chicago Tribune

Madison, Wis. – Overture Center is proud to present a new musical collaboration between Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion, a 2016 GRAMMY®-winning group from Chicago, and composer/performer Glenn Kotche of Madison-favorite band Wilco. Wild Sound can be seen in Capitol Theater for one night only on Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m.

Wild Sound challenges the distinctions that exist between music and noise, instrument and everyday object, performance and daily life. Composer Kotche created this new musical work for Third Coast Percussion combining field recordings from cities around the world, live performance, and the construction and de-construction of musical instruments on stage.

These custom-made percussion instruments were conceptualized by Kotche and designed and built by students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering. The field recordings in the work are drawn from Kotche’s international touring as drummer for the Grammy-winning rock band, Wilco. The field recordings create a narrative arc that draws the listener from the sounds of the natural world to the industrial sounds of modern urban life.


o   Projections of (What) Might: Glenn Kotche

o   Undiu: Joao Gilberto (arr. Glenn Kotche)

o   Nagoya Marimbas: Steve Reich

o   Drumkit Quartet #51: Glenn Kotche

o   Music for Pieces of Wood (arranged for 2 drumkits): Reich (arr. David Cossin)


o   Wild Sound: Glenn Kotche

Wild Sound: Third Coast Percussion with Glenn Kotche (Wilco) is presented by Overture Center as part of the Bell Laboratories Music Series and was commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program.

Tickets start at $35 ($20 for students with promo code DRUMMER) and are available in person at the Overture Center Ticket Office (201 State Street), online at or by phone at 608.258.4141.

“The glory of ‘Wild Sound’ is that the composition delivers the musical goods — there is a wide swath of shifting textures and timbres, rhythms and moods. It is infused with an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity.” -The Star Tribune

“‘Wild Sound’ is a deeply human, organic work at heart that, over and over, turns everyday sounds into music” -The South Bend Tribune

THIRD COAST PERCUSSION (Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, David Skidmore) is a GRAMMY®-winning, artist-run quartet of classically-trained percussionists hailing from the great city of Chicago. For over ten years, the ensemble has forged a unique path in the musical landscape with virtuosic, energetic performances that celebrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of musical possibilities in the world of percussion. The ensemble has been praised for “commandingly elegant” (New York Times) performances, and the “rare power” (Washington Post) of their recordings. The four members of Third Coast are also accomplished teachers, and since 2012, have served as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

GLENN KOTCHE is a Chicago-based percussionist and composer hailed as one of the most exciting, creative and promising composers and performers in modern music, receiving international attention for his “unfailing taste, technique and discipline” (Chicago Tribune). Kotche is a member of the Groundbreaking, GRAMMY®-winning American rock band Wilco, with whom he has played since 2001. After 3 solo records, including his 2006 album ‘Mobile’ (Nonesuch Records), Kotche released his 4th studio album Adventureland in 2013, featuring works Kotche has written for world renowned ensembles including Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars and Eighth Blackbird. His compositions have been performed at venues as wide-ranging as Chicagoland’s Ravinia, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, Brazil.

OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Madison, Wisconsin, features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies and hundreds of local artists engage people in nearly 700,000 educational and artistic experiences each year.  


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