Wilco Drummer Glenn Kotche Discusses His Multiple Percussion Approach To Drumset At PASIC 2013

Chicago-based percussionist and composer Glenn Kotche has been called 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). With three solos records currently out, including the 2006 album Mobile (Nonesuch Records), Kotche will release his fourth studio album in 2013. He has written pieces for world-renowned ensembles, including Kronos Quartet, the Silk Road Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, So Percussion and Eighth Blackbird. His compositions have been performed at venues as wide-ranging as Chicagoland’s Ravinia, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York, and Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, Brazil.

In addition to his work as a composer and solo percussionist, Kotche is a member of the groundbreaking American rock band Wilco, with whom he has played since 2001. With Wilco, he has appeared on the albums Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Kicking Television, Sky Blue Sky, Wilco (The Album), The Whole Love, and the Grammy-winning A Ghost is Born. In 2010, Kotche and his Wilco bandmates started their own music festival, Solid Sound, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). Kotche contributed a permanent sound installation to the museum’s collection, created for the 2011 festival.

Beyond Wilco, Kotche records and performs regularly along with Darin Gray in the longtime rhythm duo On Fillmore. Together they have released four records, the most recent being Extended Vacation (Dead Oceans). He is also a member of the trio Loose Fur, along with Jim O’Rourke and Jeff Tweedy. Advertisement

Kotche has twice appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer (August 2007 and April 2012) and once on the cover of Percussive Notes, the official publication of the Percussive Arts Society, is currently a board member of PAS.

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