Composer Spotlight | Lukas Ligeti Works for Percussion
Born in Vienna, Lukas Ligeti arrived in the U.S. in the mid-90s living and working primarily in New York City until 2015. Ligeti studied composition at the university of music and performing arts in Vienna, Austria; holds a Ph.D. from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ligetie served on the faculty of UC Irvine, teaching in the PhD program ‘Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology’, and is now an Extraordinary Professor (Distinguished Visiting Professor) at the University of Pretoria.
Ligeti has been commissioned by ensembles around the world such as Bang on a Can, the Kronos Quartet, Ensemble Modern, Eighth Blackbird, Amadinda Percussion Group, the American Composers Orchestra, the MDR Orchestra, the Vienna Festwochen, and Armitage Gone! Dance. His works have been performed by the Orchestre National de Lyon, London Sinfonietta, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and others worldwide. As a drummer, he has worked with luminaries such as John Zorn, Marilyn Crispell, Gary Lucas, John Tchicai, Michael Manring, and Tarek Atoui, and he co-leads the trio Hypercolor as well. He has given solo concerts on four continents, performing on the Marimba Lumina, a MIDI controller designed by Don Buchla. A pioneer in the field of experimental intercultural collaboration, he co-leads Burkina Electric, the first electronica band from Burkina Faso; and he has collaborated with traditional musicians from such countries as Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, and India.
For marimba solo (2015), 28′
Drum set solo (2018), 8′
Premiere: September 2016, Constellation, Chicago, IL, Ian Ding
Lakoni in Kazonnde
For two drum-sets (2013) 7′
Commissioned by Ben Reimer and David Cossin
Premiere: June 16, 2013, Bang On A Can Marathon, Michael Schimmel Theater, Pace University, New York, NY; Ben Reimer and David Cossin.
for 4 players on 2 marimbas(1988), 5′
Subsequently performed by Kroumata (Sweden), So Percussion, Sandbox Percussion Group, Third Coast Percussion Group (USA), Synergy Percussion (Australia), and many others
for percussion quartet(2003), 13′
Premiere: October 22, 2003, Festival Musica Contemporanea, Bolzano, Italy; Studio Percussion Graz
Mamelles (or Marels)
for percussion quartet (2014), 3′
Premiere: March 1, 2014, Cluster Festival, Winnipeg, Canada; Architek Percussion
Omaggio a Shenandoah & Domenico Scarlatti
For two marimbas. (2002), 2′
The Calm Before…
for three percussionists (2015), 3′
Premiere: June 14, 2015, Roulette, Brooklyn, NY; New Jersey Percussion Ensemble
for percussion quartet (2002), c.17′