LIVE: Glenn Kotche @ MASS MoCA’s Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival, 8/1/14

August 13th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Glenn Kotche

Glenn Kotche

Review and photograph by Joel Reed

In addition to his thirteen years as Wilco’s drummer, Glenn Kotche has composed music for Kronos Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, eighth blackbird and other groups, and so joins the National’s Bryce Dessner and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood in the small group of composer-musicians with solid credibility in both rock and new music worlds. He’s a natural then for the summer Bang on a Can residency at MASS MoCA in North Adams. In the days before his solo performance on Friday, August 1 he had been teaching the fellows of the summer institute, and three of his compositions were on the program for the festival’s concluding marathon concert on Saturday, August 2.

The last time I saw Kotche perform solo was at one of the Solid Sound festivals, where he played to a standing crowd in MASS MoCA’s 1000-people capacity Hunter Center, and before that, at the Morgan Library’s formal theater. It was a treat then to sit at a cafe table among the 200 people on the deck behind the museum, and Kotche, nodding to friends and students in the audience during his set, seemed to enjoy the setting as well.

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Glenn Kotche, What Do You Listen to When You Clean the House?

June 23rd, 2011, 12:30 pm by Greg
Glenn Kotche of Wilco

Glenn Kotche of Wilco at last year's Solid Sound Festival

“A lot of times I just have it on shuffle. That could be everything and anything from indigenous field recordings from the ’30s and ’40s in Africa to Stevie Wonder, Coltrane, Miles, Deerhoof, the Band, Dylan, Neil Young. A lot of classical music, John Luther Adams, Steve Reich. It’s kind of all over the place.”

Drummer Glenn Kotche and his bandmates in Wilco are back at MASS MoCA in North Adams this weekend, presenting the second annual Solid Sound Festival. Wilco is slated to perform at 9:15pm on Friday and 8:45pm on Saturday. Kotche is also scheduled for a solo performance at 12:15pm on Sunday.

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