Orphic Percussion is a Northern California-based percussion quartet dedicated to the creation and performance of new music. Orphic means “beyond ordinary,” a phrase that characterizes the ensemble and its mission: to commission and premiere new works by today’s most compelling composers; to broaden the audience for contemporary music; and to present concerts that are vibrantly communicative, musically expressive, and inspiringly virtuosic—or, quite simply—extraordinary.


"Colorful, dynamic, deeply musical, and visually enchanting, Orphic Percussion is a game-changer…one of the most thrilling concerts I’ve ever seen.”

—Dr. Dwayne Corbin
Director of Instrumental Music, George Fox University


PROGRAMS

Orphic offers two structured concert programs—Orphic: Beyond, with highly accessible music for a general audience; and Orphic: Unheard, featuring newly commissioned works written specifically for Orphic. In addition, Orphic can tailor programs to a presenter’s artistic vision or a venue’s logistical capabilities, offering additional possibilities such as a program made entirely of electroacoustic music, an evening of works by American composers, or a more gear-simple recital containing pieces only for mallet quartet (two marimbas/two vibraphones—no extra equipment).


ORPHIC: BEYOND

Orphic’s first program, Orphic: Beyond, showcases the ensemble’s commitment to audience-building through virtuosic, yet widely accessible, percussion music. This program takes its title from the meaning behind Orphic—“beyond ordinary”—in order to move “beyond” a traditional recital performance for a more communicative and expressive musical product. Orphic: Beyond also includes dialogue from the stage, for an inclusive, inviting concert experience.

title of work

DisArchitecture
Toccata
Quartet for Four Snare Drums
Musée
Celestial Dance
Boom
Vous Avez De Feu?
Muse of Fire

date

2011
2017
2000
2010
2019
1997
2007
2015

composer

Dave Hall
Prokofiev, arr. Samuel Chan
Kevin Bobo
Kevin Bobo
Stefan Cwik
Terry Longshore & Brett Reed
Emmanuel Séjourné
Alexis Alrich

length

10’
6’
6’
10’
8’
6’
3’
7’



ORPHIC: UNHEARD

The group’s latest (and more ear-bending) concert program, Orphic: Unheard, is the result of the quartet’s mission to commission and perform new music by living composers. Some pieces, such as the Tilburg, Alrich, Cannell, and Froelich, were written expressly for Orphic, while the Viñao and Maric were a result of collaborations with other leading ensembles—namely, the Colin Currie Quartet and The Percussion Collective. To end with a bang, Orphic co-composed a brand new drum quartet that closes the program, demonstrating the ensemble’s first foray into the territory of player-composers.

title of work

Muse of Fire
A Series of Accidents
New commission
Stress and Flow, mvt. 1
Jigsaw
Nascent Forms
New work

date

2015
2019
2019
2018
2019
2019
2019

composer

Alexis Alrich
Shaun Tilburg
Kenneth Froelich
Alejandro Viñao
Bryce Cannell
Dave Maric
Orphic Percussion

length

7’
7’
7’
6’
8’
17’
5’


"Brilliant! Top quality performance and instruction from top quality people. My students were able to open up and learn all they could because Orphic made themselves approachable and kind.”

—Dr. Brian Stackhouse
Director of Percussion, Southern Nazarene University