2014 in Review

We just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to EVERYONE who supported us this past year.  The group has been so fortunate to share what we love with lots of people in 2014. We have been reflecting on the year, and wanted to share some of our favorite memories with you.

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We started the year as guest artists on the spring percussion ensemble concert at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where we performed Rancho Jubilee by Andrew Beal. Following this performance we began our collaboration with Dr. Brian Tinkel, professor of percussion at Mars Hill University, on two percussion quartets. In March we were fortunate to perform with Dr. Tinkel at the North Carolina Day of Percussion, hosted by the NC Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.  Our performance included the pieces What Hath II by Kate Neal and beFORe JOHN 3 39-The Dream of the Macichaeian by Aurél Holló.


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In April 10-can welcomed visitors at the entrance of The {Re}HAPPENING, an annual multidisciplinary experimental art event that honors the dynamic artistic energy of Black Mountain College and pays tribute to the groundbreaking innovations of that community of artists.  For this performance Corey created an original composition inspired by John Cage, who had a great impact on Black Mountain College.  Several weeks later, the Nief-Norf Ensemble hosted a performance of John Luther Adams Inuksuit, which featured the composer in residence.  10-can was thrilled to be able to participate, as well as work with the composer.

PErcUp 08 09

In May we presented performances and clinics at the PercUp! Festival.  We had a blast working with students, and continuning our collaboration with Dr. Brian Tinkel. Our last performance of the spring was at the Noteworthy Music Festival, a charity music festival started through the Bezos Scholars Foundation. 10-can performed a variety of works, including percussion arrangements of popular Daft Punk songs.

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Black Mountain College and 10-can met up again in October at the BMC Museum & Arts Center. Along with percussionist Joshua Dreyer, we performed works by Steve Reich, Elliot Cole, Mark Applebaum & John Cage.  In December we met up with percussionist Aaron Michael Butler at Asheville’s Downtown Books & News, where we gave the stand-alone premiere of Matthew Burtner’s Anugi Unipkaaq for solo-percussionist, percussion trio and wind. The piece was originally premiered by Morris Palter in 2002 as part of Burtner’s opera Winter Raven. We also played Burtner’s Siku Unipkaaq for two glockenspiel (four players) and computer sound.

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Finally, 10-can wrapped up 2014 with a two events. Our program 10-can Christmas featured arrangements of holiday classics for percussion instruments.  We finished the year by bringing Phil Kline’s piece Unsilent Night to Asheville with our friends at the Apothecary.  Unsilent Night is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs, and mp3s, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets every December.



  1. A very full year of eclectic and creative events. Go 10-can!

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