The Ultimate Environmental Piece (2015-2016)

The Concept  

Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer's Site-determined Work Performed in City Park by 99+

The Project

Sorting through many possibilities after their appointment as Ensemble-In-Residence, Third Coast Percussion knew a "must-have" was to produce Inuksuit during their 5-year tenure. John Luther Adams, native Alaskan and nature lover, took inspiration from the stacked stone way finding markers that dot the Arctic tundra, markers made and used by the Inuit. Third Coast took inspiration from the idea of recruiting, organizing, rehearsing and performing with up to 99 peers and volunteers to pull off a massive, free flowing concert on the banks of the St. Joseph River. The only piece played during a free concert in Mishawaka's renovated Central Park, it will reach across the river and down to Beutter Park for an afternoon of soundsnotated in the score in sections with names like "Clangs" and "Waves"and sounds from the natural setting (hence the term "site-determined").

Michiana youth from Concord Community Schools and Penn High School, as well as Notre Dame students, faculty and staff, and nearly 20 colleges and universities from Ball State to Yale participated in the Indiana premiere of Inuksuit. This unique event that redefines what is music, sound and noise will forever be associated with Third Coast's third summer residency at the University of Notre Dame. 


The Sounds That Will Destroy Me (2014-2015)

The Concept  

In-depth work with University of Notre Dame Department of Engineering

The Project

Glenn Kotche, internationally acclaimed composer and drummer for the Grammy-winning band Wilco, composed “Wild Sound” for Third Coast Percussion. Notre Dame engineering students and faculty custom designed instruments Summer 2014 to debut at the October 3, 2014 Presenting Series performance of Third Coast with Mr. Kotche. Creatively multi-purposed, the instruments are built, performed and then destroyed on stage. The sounds of creation and destruction are woven into the musical composition every performance-art experience into the future.


The Science of Music (2013-2014)

5th Graders get steamND

The Concept  

Focused, long-term community building residency with South Bend Community School Corporation to create a pilot K-12 curriculum integrating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the performing arts: ndWAVES (Wonder Arts Vibration Energy Science).

The Project

How science and math work in our daily lives is not always obvious—so for too many school-age kids--especially middle school--STEM becomes the unwanted vegetable left on the plate, while the arts are dessert:  you might like it, but you don’t need it. The University of Notre Dame, Third Coast Percussion, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and local South Bend schools are teaming up to change this.




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Contact Information
Sean Martin
Associate Director of Programming and Engagement
Phone: (574) 631-2808