Composer and percussionist Glenn Kotche is a force in both the classical music and rock worlds. His energetic performance, rhythmic intelligence, and inventive style sets him apart. Since 2001, he has been a member of the popular Chicago-based band Wilco, which just...
Glenn Kotche deserves a big, fat raise. The Wilco drummer, along with guitarist Nels Cline, made even the most low-key songs sound interesting Monday at Chicago Theatre for the second of the local band’s four-night Winterlude residency. While the pair’s efforts...
Date: May 18 & 19, 2019 Place: Odeum Expo Center, Villa Park, IL, USA Glenn Kotche Performance: May 18, 4pm More information: https://odeumexpo.com/event/chicago-drum-show-2019/
Mere mortals shouldn’t be able to move the way the extraordinary dancers of Ate9 Dance Company do. In the company’s Boston debut with artistic director Danielle Agami’s “calling glenn,” featuring original music performed live by Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche, the...
Balanchine and Stravinsky. Cunningham and Cage. Graham and Copland. Twentieth-century dance was dotted with memorable partnerships between musicians and choreographers that wrought magical, full-bodied, brilliant works. Today's composer-dancemaker duos, though, have...
As anyone who’s ever seen him live can attest, Glenn Kotche is an inventive player, not beholden to typical rock & roll tropes and unafraid to interject left of center approaches on stage. The Wilco/On Fillmore drummer seems to have an innate ability to seize a...
Wild Sound Part 4 Performed by the Vanderbilt Percussion Ensemble Directed by Ji Hye Jung https://youtu.be/N5jaT4LtqKo
New Glenn Work The Beautiful Confusion World Premieres March 3, Commissioned by UAB’s Albs Stephens Center for Third Coast Percussion
Tickets are available now for a special evening performance featuring Glenn, Third Coast Percussion and UAB alums Iron Giant as well as for a same day drum clinic featuring Glenn. It's all part of the Alabama Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion. Full...
“Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have a way of making knees crumble with their heaven-sent harmonies. Aided by an all-star backing cast that includes R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and Midlake’s McKenzie Smith, the 10 songs here are the perfect antidote...
Glenn will join Ate9 Dance Company on stage at Royce Hall, UCLA on November 11 at 8pm for their collaboration, Calling Glenn. More information and tickets are available here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-1ad7-ua4Y
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MASS MoCA | North Adams, MA | June 23-25, 2017
Glenn's collaboration with Ate9 Dance Company, 'Calling Glenn', will premiere of at The Moore Theater in Seattle, WA on March 3 at 8pm. Tickets available here.
Glenn will join the Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of his composition, 'Infinite Tree' at Orchestra Hall on May 21. He will then join the Philharmonic Orchestra at Studebaker Theater on June 3.
Glenn will join Third Coast Percussion at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, WI on May 6, 2017.
On Fillmore's new album, Happiness of Living, is out now on Northern Spy Records.
Listen to the new On Fillmore song, "Despidida Suspensa" – the second single from forthcoming album, Happiness of Living, out March 24 on Northern Spy Records.
Listen to the new On Fillmore track, "Jornada Inteira" – the first single from forthcoming album, Happiness of Living, out March 24 on Northern Spy Records.
The Colorado: Music from the Motion Picture on VIA Records Norman Cahn on February 28, 2017 at 6:00 am “[Polystylistics] … creates new possibilities for the musico-dramatic embodiment of ‘eternal’ problems—war and peace, life and death.” Today, composer Alfred...
Looking forward to a full weekend at Big Ears Festival March 24-26 in Knoxville, TN. Don't miss Glenn playing with Wilco on Friday, performing solo on Saturday and then with On Fillmore on Sunday. Tickets here. XBLU NOTE: Website http://www.onfillmore.com/...
Glenn is pleased to announced he proudly uses Meinl Percussion. Check out the products he's using now here. XBLU NOTE: Include specific instruments and products. Add new category for sponsorship or product endorsements that have featured article or video profiles? See...
The DePaul University Percussion Ensemble is to perform Glenn's piece, Clapping Music Variations directed by Michael Kozakis on Saturday, November 12 at 3pm at the DePaul Concert Hall in Chicago, IL. For more information, visit here.
Check out Glenn's Artpark installation, Earth Drums, in Lewiston, NY. Free and open to the public during park hours (dawn to dusk). For more information, visit here.
Check out this piece for a sneak peek into the process of making Wild Sound, Glenn's original composition which has musicians construct and deconstruct their instruments on stage as a part of the performance. Glenn will join Third Coast Percussion for Wild Sound next...
Chicago, mark your calendars. We're thrilled to announce that Glenn is one of this year's Composers-in-Residence for Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Glenn will join the orchestra on May 21, 2017 to perform a newly-commissioned piece, as well as a new arrangement of...
Ever wonder what kind of cymbals Glenn uses for Wilco? Check out this Sound Legacy video from Zildjian to find out. https://youtu.be/Urp_BY8Raos
"The result is an album so energized by the possibilities of contemporary music-making that it practically glows in the dark." Thrilled that The Colorado is the Q2 Music Album of the Week and is currently streaming on the site.
"Mr. Kotche drew evocative sounds from an array of instruments and provided suspenseful rhythms that lent tension to the film’s historic arc." Read more of The New York Times review of 'The Colorado' from Wednesday's New York premiere at The Metropolitan Museum of...
I am thrilled to be performing the world premiere of Anomaly Concerto for Percussion and String Orchestra with Norway’s fantastic 1B1 Orchestra at National Sawdust in Brooklyn next Thursday, May 12 at 7pm. The piece is a reimagined version of my String Quartet with...
As Artist-in-Residence, Glenn will premiere his commission for National Sawdust, Anomaly Concerto with 1B1, in Brooklyn on May 12 at 7pm. More information here. https://youtu.be/g_NIO5oB44g
Glenn is in great company at #82 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time". Check it out right here.
By Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim It’s a good thing the sirens that wailed through Zankel Hall on Friday didn’t signal an emergency: The auditorium was so densely packed at the start of So Percussion’s late-evening concert that it would have taken a while to evacuate....
Composer John Luther Adams and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche collaborate on a recording of Luther Adams' roiling percussion work Ilimaq. Luther Adams won a Pulitzer last year for Become Ocean, while Kotche has made some serious inroads into modern classical, and the two...
“Here is your audience instrument; you take it apart like chopsticks,” said the usher, handing me a couple of glued-together jagged pieces of wood along with my concert program. Audience participation, oh my. This concert was either going to be very good or, more...
As each ticket was torn to give entry to Thursday night's concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art, each bearer received what looked like miniature chopsticks joined at a serrated center. These sticks would be called into play midway through Glenn Kotche's "Wild...
The Wilco drummer returns with an album of pieces influenced by classical minimalism, including a work writen for the Kronos Quartet. Where his previous albums foregrounded himself as a virtuoso performer, Adventureland is about Kotche as a composer first...
Wilco drummer creates a solo record rooted in Steve Reich, the thumb piano, and a variety of rhythmic puzzles. Since the release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, "experimental" is a word that has been clinging like a lamprey to descriptions of Wilco's post-alt-country phase....
Fortune has smiled upon percussionist Glenn Kotche. His famous rock band has gotten to that exalted level of success where the record label gives the drummer a solo album. But this isnt just any drummer, nor is Nonesuch any old label. Kotche is a skilled improviser,...
Articles and Interviews
Wilco’s Glenn Kotche – Devilishly detail-oriented
At one point in the middle of this interview with percussionist, composer, and Wilco band member Glenn Kotche, I joke that we’re going to tag him with the description “The John Cage of Rock Drumming.” (“He’d be rolling,” Kotche responds.) But if you’ve ever seen the Chicago-based drummer/explorer in action—shaking Scandinavian chicken paddle toys, scraping cymbals with threaded rods, or making otherworldly sounds with his various “in-Glenn-tions”—you’ll know that such a seemingly incongruent comparison isn’t really that far off.
See, back in the 1930s and ’40s, Cage shattered the rules of “classical” composition by forgoing traditional music theory in favor of unconventional ideas like treating rhythm as melody (“Pulse”) and writing for silence and the randomness of environmental space (“4’33″”). Cage was also one of the first composers to explore the new sounds of the prepared piano (“Bacchanale”), which involves modifying the instrument with nails, screws, paper, and other items placed between the strings.
AteNine and Glenn Kotche Collaborate with Stunning Results
The Executive and Artistic Director of CAP UCLA, Kristy Edmunds has been in consultation with Danielle Agami, the Artistic Director and Choreographer of AteNine Dance Company for several years as to when the right time to present them at CAP UCLA would be. They both agreed that it would also have to include presenting the right work. CAP UCLA has a seating capacity of 1,800; a big undertaking for most companies to fill. AteNine Dance Company premiered calling glenn at the Moore Theatre in Seattle this past March. This was the work that Edmunds and Agami agreed had the required elements and the company performed to an almost full house. Agami’s calling glenn was a collaboration with musician, composer and Grammy winner Glenn Kotche of the Chicago based alternative rock band Wilco. It is said that Kotche is the rhythmic anchor of Wilco, and after experiencing his performance in calling glenn, it is clear why.
Glenn Kotche: Painting The Sky Blue Sky
But this is nothing new for the Chicago-based rhythmic explorer. In fact, much of Glenn’s career has revolved around this cross-pollination between the mainstream and the avant-garde. “I’ve always balanced the academic and the rock-drummer sides of my playing, since when I first started taking lessons in fourth grade,” Kotche explains. “I was active in school concert and marching bands, and I formed my first rock band at the same time.”
Drummer to Drummer: R.E.M.’s Bill Rieflin / Glenn Kotche of Wilco – Modern Drummer – July 2010 [download]
Top 10 Tracks to Download – Rhythm – March 2009 [download]
Wilco drummer, classical collaboration rises above – Chicago Sun-Times – November 2008
Curiosity/Creativity – Drumhead Magazine – Spring 2008 [download]
Wilco’s Glenn Kotche Painting the Sky Blue Sky – Modern Drummer – August 2007 [download]
The P.A. System Featuring Glenn Kotche – Spokane7 – February 2007
Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche finds a rhythm of his own on his new solo CD, “Mobile” – San Francisco Gate – February 2007
Wilco’s Glenn Kotche helps percussion take the lead – Tucson Weekly – February 2007
UK stages intimidate Wilco drummer – The Lexington Herald – September 2006
Glenn Kotche Interview – Centerstage Chicago – August 2006
Glenn Kotche – Mobile (Review) – Urban Pollution – June 2006
Nobody Suspects the Cricket – Signal to Noise – July 2006 [download]
Glenn Kotche – Mobile (4 1/2 Stars) – Modern Drummer – July 2006 [download]
Interview: Glenn Kotche – Pitchfork Media – June 2006
Glenn Kotche-Mobile (Review) – Pitchfork Media – May 2006
Glenn Kotche: Mobile (4 Stars out of 5) – Orlando Sentinel – April 2006
Glenn Kotche, Mobile (Review) – The Guardian Unlimited – March 2006
Glenn Kotche-Mobile (Review) – MusicOMH.com – March 2006
PASIC Turns 30 – Modern Drummer – March 2006 [download]
WILCO drummer returns to toast UK percussion – The Lexington Herald [download]
Spiel Ohne Grenzen – Sticks (Germany) – April 2005 [download]
WILCO’s Sonic Innovator – Modern Drummer – January 2005 [download]
The Man With The Drums – Blow Up (Italy)- February 2003 [download]