Performance Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 6 PM

Glenn Kotche and Victoire

Zankel Hall
Revered art-music percussionist, composer, and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche comes to Carnegie Hall for an evening of dynamic premieres of visceral music. With "unfailing taste, technique, and discipline" (Chicago Tribune), Kotche takes on a richly layered new work written expressly for him by John Luther Adams that melds the rigor of modern music with found sounds of the natural world and Alaskan field recordings. He is joined by Victoire, founded by “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York) Missy Mazzoli, to give the world premieres of new works for solo percussion and ensemble written by himself and by Mazzoli.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Glenn Kotche, Percussion
  • Victoire
  • Mellissa Hughes, Soprano
  • Martha Cluver, Soprano
  • Virginia Warnken, Mezzo-Soprano


  • GLENN KOTCHE Bells and Honey (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • MISSY MAZZOLI Vespers for a New Dark Age (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Ilimaq for Solo Percussion (NY Premiere)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Glenn Kotche

    Chicago-based percussionist and composer Glenn Kotche has been called one of the most exciting, creative, and promising artists in modern music. He has released three solo albums, including his most recent record, Mobile (Nonesuch Records, 2006), and will release his fourth solo work, Adventureland, on Cantaloupe Music on March 25.

    Kotche has collaborated with contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird and Kronos Quartet, and was a featured performer at the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival. Additionally, he was the headliner at the inaugural Wordless Music Series concert in New York and an artist-in-residence at SoundRes in Lecce, Italy.

    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, Kotche has recorded the critical and mass acclaimed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, as well as Kicking Television: Live in Chicago. He also recorded the Grammy-nominated records Sky Blue Sky, Wilco (The Album), and The Whole Love; and the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born. Kotche also created a variety of installations for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in 2010, 2011, and 2013 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.

    Beyond Wilco, Kotche records and performs regularly with the rhythm duo On Fillmore, who recently was the backing band for WNYC's Radiolab Live: Apocalyptical tour in fall 2013. The duo is set to release a new album on the Dead Oceans record label   later this year. Kotche is also a member of the trio Loose Fur, along with Jim O'Rourke and Wilco bandmate Jeff Tweedy.

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  • Victoire

    Victoire is a family of New York-based musicians helmed by composer-keyboardist Missy Mazzoli. This all-star, all-female band of voices, strings, keyboards, clarinets, and electronics performs Mazzoli's hypnotic blend of dreamy chamber pop and rich romanticism. Its debut album Cathedral City, released on New Amsterdam Records, envelopes the listener in a tapestry of classical influences, distorted guitars, multilayered vocals, vintage keyboard sounds, and stuttering samples. Cathedral City was named one of 2010's best classical albums by The New York Times, Time Out New York, The New Yorker, and NPR.

    In the past three years, Victoire has performed all over the world, in venues that include the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Millennium Park in Chicago, RADIALSYSTEM V in Berlin, Café de la Danse in Paris, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Joe's Pub, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. In 2011, the group embarked on its first European tour with The National, Efterklang, and Owen Pallett, and returned to Europe in 2012 for a tour of Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands with My Brightest Diamond. They also recently performed in Sweden as part of the MADE Festival and at BAM as part of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner. Victoire's recordings have been included in several films, most recently in the award-winning documentary Detropia.

    Victoire is Missy Mazzoli (compositions and keyboards), Mellissa Hughes and Caroline Shaw (voice), Olivia De Prato (violin), Eileen Mack (clarinet), Lorna Krier (electronics and keyboards), and Eleonore Oppenheim (bass). Members of Victoire are currently working on their second full-length album to be released in 2014. Visit for more information.

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  • Mellissa Hughes

    Soprano Mellissa Hughes enjoys a busy international career in both contemporary and early music. A dedicated interpreter of living composers, Hughes has worked closely with Steve Reich and Neil Rolnick, and premiered works by David T. Little, Ted Hearne, Caleb Burhans, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, and Frederic Rzewski.

    In the classical concert hall, she has performed Mozart's Vespers and Requiem under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner, Handel's Dixit Dominus with Sir David Willcocks, and the role of Dido under the direction of Andrew Lawrence-King. Equally at home in front of a rock band, Hughes has received widespread acclaim as lead vocalist of Newspeak, an amplified alt-classical band, and for her work with Missy Mazzoli's Victoire.

    In the 2013-2014 season, Hughes sings a solo recital for American Songbook at Lincoln Center, featuring contemporary American songs. She toured with John Zorn for Zorn@60 celebrations, singing his Madrigals and Earthspirit in Jerusalem and Paris, and at Alice Tully Hall in New York; last season, she performed the works in Montreal, Ghent, Warsaw, at the Barbican in London, and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She also starred in a Beth Morrison Projects / HERE production of Jonathan Berger's opera Visitations for the 2014 Prototype Festival at Roulette.

    Hughes's discography includes albums on the Nonesuch and New Amsterdam record labels, as well as Shelter, a video opera by Bang on a Can composers Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang, released by Cantaloupe Music. She has also provided supporting vocals for My Brightest Diamond, The National, and The Breeders.

    Based in Brooklyn, Mellissa Hughes holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Yale University.

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  • Martha Cluver

    Originally from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Martha Cluver received her bachelor's degree in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2003. Since moving to New York City in the fall of 2003, Cluver has been active in vocal performances and has built a career focused primarily on singing full time. Notable performances of contemporary operatic vocal works include concert versions of Morton Feldman's Neither with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, Czech Republic; Into the Little Hill by George Benjamin with Prague Modern in Prague; and the world premiere of La Douce by Emmanuel Nunes with Remix Ensemble in Porto, Portugal. In 2010, Cluver recorded Voice and Instruments by Feldman with conductor Brad Lubman and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. She has premiered new solo and chamber works written specifically for her by John Zorn and Caleb Burhans. Cluver has also performed most of Steve Reich's chamber works that include voice, and has recorded and performed Shelter by the Bang on a Can composers. She currently sings with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Roomful of Teeth, and the Antioch Chamber Ensemble, and is an in-demand choral singer around the New York City area. Her discography includes albums on the Naxos, New Amsterdam, Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, Mode, and Tsadik record labels.

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  • Virginia Warnken

    Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken is becoming known throughout the American musical community for her heartfelt interpretations of the works of Bach, Handel, and their contemporaries, as well as for her exciting and unique performances of avant-garde 20th- and 21st-century works. She is a founding member the Grammy Award-winning, alternative-classical vocal band Roomful of Teeth, which integrates Western and non-Western vocal techniques such as Tuvan throat singing, Inuit throat singing, yodeling, high Bulgarian-style belting, and Korean p'ansori, and collaborates with composers to forge a new repertoire for the voice that uses an expanded sound palette. Warnken has been featured as a soloist with Grammy-nominated ensembles Seraphic Fire and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, as well as with TENET, Carmel Bach Festival, Green Mountain Project, Clarion Music Society, Musica Sacra, Oratorio Society of New York, and Vox Vocal Ensemble. She has worked with conductors such as Masaaki Suzuki, Nicholas McGegan, Kent Tritle, Patrick Quigley, Steven Fox, Stefan Parkman, Julian Wachner, and more.

    In the 2013-2014 season, Warnken joins the highly distinguished roster of soloists of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans led by Nicholas McGegan. In recent seasons, she has appeared on the main stage of Carnegie Hall as the alto soloist in Bach's B-Minor Mass, Handel's Messiah, and Mozart's C-Minor Mass. Warnken is a fervent advocate of contemporary music, and has performed and premiered works by numerous prominent composers and non-classical pop/rock acts including Questlove and other members of The Roots, Louis Andriessen, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich. In addition to performing, Warnken also enjoys teaching and has taught privately and guest lectured at Yale University, Princeton University, Williams College, Wellesley College, Vassar College, Dickinson College, and others.

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Crammed Discs

Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with the Ecstatic Music Festival ®.
This performance is part of Signatures.

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