* Purdue Convocations
* Ethos Percussion Group

March 21, 2007

Ethos Percussion Group to combine chamber music, global rhythms

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The innovative Ethos Percussion Group will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in Purdue Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.

The performance is presented by Purdue Convocations as part of its Classics Series.

Ethos members Trey Files, Eric Phinney, Yousif Sheronick and David Shively are accomplished classical and world music artists, each with a distinctive background and musical perspective. Their substantial combined expertise is the source of Ethos' innovative programming, which integrates global instruments and playing styles into the conventions of Western chamber music to create a visually and aurally compelling experience, said Todd Wetzel, director of Purdue Convocations.

Individually, the members of Ethos have performed with Philip Glass, Branford Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, New World Symphony, New Music Consort, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Sospeso, New York City Ballet, De La Guarda and Mabou Mines. Between the four of them, they have worked as rock drummer, chamber musician, high school percussion ensemble director, Broadway musician, instrument builder and sound designer; and they have studied North Indian tabla, West African drumming, jazz, world music, rock and more.

The ensemble's critically acclaimed performances regularly feature numerous commissions and world premieres; traditional rhythms from India, West Africa and the Middle East; and landmark works by composers such as John Cage, Lou Harrison and Steve Reich.

The Purdue performance will include "Suli ti Nani" (2004), by Michael Markus; "Double Music" (1941), a collaboration between John Cage and Lou Harrison; "Drumming" (1971), by Steve Reich; "The Guiros Talk" (2006), by Dafnis Prieto; and "Rite Rhythm" (2000), by Samir Chatterjee.

Since the group's founding in 1989 by Michael Sgouros, Ethos has remained committed to advancing the percussive arts in education as well as performance. In addition to presenting clinics and master classes at institutions such as the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music and Berklee College of Music, Ethos has worked with thousands of students in New York City's public schools through concert and classroom activities. Ethos is an ensemble-in-residence at La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts, and in 2004 the group formed a satellite organization dedicated exclusively to arts education known as World Beat.

Tickets to the Ethos Percussion Group performance are $26 for adults and $16 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster outlets.

Members of the public are invited to a free hand drum workshop and drum circle with members of the Ethos Percussion Group at 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Lafayette Theater, 600 Main St., Lafayette. Participants are asked to bring their own hand drum, and no experience is required.

Source: Kerry Schutt Nason, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, (765) 494-5045,

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Ethos Percussion Group members Eric Phinney, Yousif Sheronick, David Shively and Trey Files will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in Purdue Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. (Photo courtesy of Peter Serling)

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