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Glenn Kotche


  • Daily Telegraph: Five Stars for Benefit Concert with Wilco's Glenn Kotche, John Stirratt

    Wilco's Glenn Kotche and John Stirratt joined Neil Finn and members of Radiohead for an Oxfam benefit concert at Dingwalls in London last night; the Daily Telegraph gives it a perfect five stars. It stemmed from Finn's new 7 Worlds Collide album, on which Wilco performs. Kotche recently spoke with LiveDaily about the new Wilco album; the Lexington Herald-Leader picks the track "You Never Know" as a song that will forever conjure the summer of 2009.

  • NY Times: Steve Reich Gives "Supple Account" of His Revolutionary Work

    Steve Reich & Musicians' performance capped off a marathon concert at Lincoln Center's newly renovated Alice Tully Hall Tuesday night for the Hall's Opening Nights Festival. Starting the concert off was Alarm Will Sound, followed by Bang on a Can All-Stars with Glenn Kotche, whose Mobile the New York Times describes as a "bright-edged, vigorously syncopated" piece. The Times says Reich and his ensemble gave "a supple account" of the composer's Music for 18 Musicians, "a pivotal work in Mr. Reich’s canon and a score that helps define the boundary between Minimalism and post-Minimalism."

About Glenn Kotche

Heralded by the Chicago Tribune for his "unfailing taste, technique and discipline," Chicago based percussionist Glenn Kotche's exploration of rhythm and space began in childhood in Roselle, Illinois. His interests and efforts landed him at the University of Kentucky's highly-regarded percussion program.
Following graduation, Kotche's various stints with groups and ensembles resulted in participation on more than 70 recordings to date. In 2001, he joined the rock band Wilco. Since joining as drummer/percussionist, Wilco's accomplishments include the gold-selling album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the Grammy-winning A ghost is born.

Beyond Wilco, Kotche is also one-third of experimental rock trio, Loose Fur, along with Wilco band mate Jeff Tweedy and post-classical composer/producer Jim O'Rourke, which released their self-titled album in 2003. He is half of jazz, experimental duo, On Fillmore, with bassist Darin Gray. Their latest recording, Sleeps with Fishes, landed them at the prestigious 2005 Percussion Pan Festival in Brazil.

Kotche has released two previous solo works, Introducing and Next. His third solo effort, “Mobile”, will be released in early 2006, on Nonesuch Records.

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  • Mobile


    Wilco drummer Kotche employs a wide range of percussive instruments—vibraphone, kalimba, mbira, drum kit, and more—on this solo set, which includes variation on Steve Reich’s Clapping Music. MOJO calls it “ambitious, accessible, and beautifully played.”



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