A Great Many is a new work for six percussionists and clarinet that represents the latest collaboration in 10-year relationship between composer Aaron Siegel and Mantra Percussion. This fruitful relationship started with the premiere and subsequent recording of Science is Only a Sometimes Friend, for eight glockenspiels and organ, which was selected as one of Time Out New York’s Ten Best Classical Albums of 2011. Mantra has premiered several other works for percussion during the intervening years, including The Light Come Down, a collaboration with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and the full-length opera Brother Brother, at Abrons Arts Center in 2014. A Great Many, was commissioned by Chamber Music America in 2017 as a feature for clarinetist Christa Van Alstine and subsequently performed at the Vancouver New Music Festival and at the Ecstatic Music Festival.
Composed by Aaron Siegel
Performed by Mantra Percussion (Joseph Bergen, Albert Cerulo, Christopher Graham, Michael McCurdy, Joseph Tucker, and Mark Utley)
Featuring Christa Van Alstine on B-flat and Bass Clarinets