Beat Bus at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Neighborhood Night: Block Party
5:00pm 5:00pm

Beat Bus at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Neighborhood Night: Block Party

Bring the whole family to the Gardner for the last Neighborhood Night of the summer celebrating the Museum inside and out! Programming flows between the Museum and into Evan’s Way Park for a special evening of art and performance featuring Artist in Residence Laura Anderson Barbata in collaboration with the Brooklyn Jumbies stilt dancers. Join us for fun in the park, art-making in the Studio, gallery activities, performance in the Gardens, Palace and Calderwood Hall. Featuring special guest artists Elisa Hamilton, Afro-Latin youth orchestra MIC of Hyde Square Task Force, Grooversity, interactive percussion with Kadence Arts, Tempo International Rhythm Section, electric violinist Josh Knowles, YouthBuild Boston's Designery, food truck Tenoch Mexican, and more.

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Beat Bus 2.0 Debut
2:00pm 2:00pm

Beat Bus 2.0 Debut

A mobile vessel, the Beat Bus 2.0 brings community building and performance art to public spaces through electronic drumming. Encouraging participants to experiment with beats, harmonies, and melodies, the drumming cart will be be equipped with the tools needed to make music on the spot! The second integration of the concept, this project aims to be more accessible and mobile than in previous years. Finkelmeier will design and build the project at Hammer East, an artist collective space in East Boston, and premiere the project in August at the same location. It will be free and open to the public, encouraging all to explore their creativity through music! 

Beat Bus 2.0 is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City Program, with funding from The Barr Foundation and with additional support from The Boston Foundation. 

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Make Music Boston

Make Music Boston

Make Music Boston is a free, outdoor music festival June 21, the Summer Solstice. The festival features music of all genres and periods. Performances take place in parks, subway stations and squares. Single musicians, small and large bands, jam sessions, large-scale projects - all varieties of music making are possible. An international celebration, Make Music Day started in 1982 and has since grown to over 800 cities worldwide!

Kadence Arts is proud to present our fourth Make Music Boston event! Get involved as an artist, venue, or volunteer! 

A detailed listing, interactive map, and app will be available on June 1. Check for updates! 

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Times Two with Square Peg Round Hole and Verdant Vibes
8:00pm 8:00pm

Times Two with Square Peg Round Hole and Verdant Vibes

Acclaimed percussion driven, instrumental rock trio Square Peg Round Hole brings a set of music from their new album Juniper, while Providence based new music collective Verdant Vibes serves up recent compositions for ensemble and electronics.

 The Record Company / 960 Mass Ave. / Boston, MA 

$15 Suggested Donation

Check out Square Peg Round Hole & Verdant Vibes artist pages for more info about their music.

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Annual Project
8:00pm 8:00pm

Annual Project

Amid the Noise Boston

Composer: Jason Treuting 

Composer: Jason Treuting 

Kadence Arts will present the New England premiere of composer/performer Jason Treuting’s evening-length, multimedia, large ensemble work Amid the Noise on April 21, 2017. Pulsating drones, ambient noise textures, and subtly shifting rhythms bind this collection of nine pieces for mixed percussion, voices, and strings. Described as “a remarkably beautiful and atmospheric work” (All About Jazz), the performance would take place at La Laboratoire Cambridge, steps from the Kendall Square MBTA stop.

A patient study of musical spaces, the work’s modular structure and flexible instrumentation provide a unique opportunity to assemble a diverse team of outstanding musicians from Boston and the wider region. Participants will include: members of the Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble as well as Doug Perkins, Greg Jukes, Maria Finkelmeier, and Drew Worden. Mr. Treuting will make a special appearance performing a movement of the work alongside long-time collaborator Cenk Ergun. A string trio led by Beth Meyers rounds out this extraordinary collection of musicians. The band’s hyper-local-meets-standout-regional flavor cuts a distinctive profile, making for a compelling addition to Boston’s musical season.

A founding and current member of the influential quartet, Sō Percussion, Jason Treuting has appeared in performance throughout the world, from the Barbican to Lincoln Center, to the Concertgebouw, DOM Moscow, Walt Disney Hall, and elsewhere. His compositions, noted for their compelling rhythmic language and evocative expressivity, have been performed by artists including Shara Nova, the JACK Quartet, TIGUE, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and others.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. - Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata”

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Guest Artist Series
7:30pm 7:30pm

Guest Artist Series

Bonnie Whiting: Album Release

51'15.657" for a Speaking Percussionist
(John Cage's 45' for a Speaker + 27'10.554" for a Percussionist)
The Lilypad

51'15.657" for a speaking percussionist is Bonnie Whiting's realization of a solo simultaneous performance of  John Cage's 45' for a speaker and 27'10.554" for a percussionist. These are vintage pieces: music from the mid-50's and part of a series of timed works that he enjoyed mixing together and referred to in notes and letters as "the ten thousand things." A culmination of 14 months of work and study, Whiting's version is the first to feature one performer executing both pieces in their entirety. Cage subjected several of his lectures to chance procedures, and the result is his quirky and imaginative 45' for a speaker.  This particular version of Cage's percussion score is a fusion of traditional percussion instruments and  found-objects. This performance celebrates Whiting's debut recording on the Mode Records label.

Percussionists Maria Finkelmeier and Greg Jukes of Kadence Arts open. More information at

Percussionist Bonnie Whiting Smith performs excerpts from her solo simultaneous realization of John Cage's 45' for a speaker and his 27'10.554" for a percussionist.
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Beat Bus @ CityPOP Egleston
to Mar 24

Beat Bus @ CityPOP Egleston

Supported by a Boston Cultural Council Opportunity Grant, Kadence Arts founder, Maria Finkelmeier, will offer 4 Beat Bus workshops for free at CityPOP Egleston. Open to ages 7 - 16, join us for one of the workshops, or all four! Participants will learn about basic drumming technique and how to create music using the unique electronic bucket drumming system! 

March 22, 5 - 6:30pm
March 24, 5 - 6:30pm*

*workshop saved for Sociedad Latina 

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Times Two with Hub New Music and Dartmouth CML
8:00pm 8:00pm

Times Two with Hub New Music and Dartmouth CML

The "elegant and exacting (The Boston Globe)" Hub New Music shares the bill with members of the Dartmouth Contemporary Music Lab led by percussionist Amy Garapic (TIGUE) and soon to be announced special guest artist! 

Magnolia Loft / 128 Brookside Ave, FL 3  / Boston, MA 

$15 Suggested Donation

Check out Dartmouth CML & Hub New Music artist pages for more info about their music.

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Times Two with Audrey Harrer & Radical 2
8:00pm 8:00pm

Times Two with Audrey Harrer & Radical 2

Boston based harpist, singer, and songwriter Audrey Harrer joins classification defying percussion duo Radical 2. Together the two artists will explore song, the voice and the intersection of theatric, percussive, and electronic mediums.

 The Record Company / 960 Mass Ave. / Boston, MA 

$15 Suggested Donation

Check out Audrey Harrer & Radical 2 artist pages for more info about their music.

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Times Two with The Hands Free & Miki Sophia-Cloud
8:00pm 8:00pm

Times Two with The Hands Free & Miki Sophia-Cloud

Times Two kicks off its third season with a killer pairing, once again at The Record Co! New York based acoustic quartet The Hands Freeinhabits a borderless region somewhere between blue-grass and free improvisation. Comprised of James Moore (guitar/banjo), Caroline Shaw (violin/mandolin), Nathan Koci (accordion/brass), and Eleanore Oppenheim (bass), all established performers and composers in their own right, The Hands Free brings together a unique and joyful combination of creative voices. Sharing the bill is violinist Miki-Sophia Cloud, founding member of the acclaimed Boston string orchestra A Far Cry, who offers a rare solo set featuring recent works written for her.

 The Record Company / 960 Mass Ave. / Boston, MA 

$15 Suggested Donation

Check out The Hands Free & Miki-Sophia Cloud's artist pages for more info about their music.

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Times Two New Music Block Party
7:00pm 7:00pm

Times Two New Music Block Party

  • 3195 Washington Street Boston, MA, 02130 United States (map)
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Join Times Two and the vibrant new music scene of Boston in a relaxed summer block party. There will be snacks and drinks, music and interesting people. 

Find out more about the following groups and organizations:
Original Gravity Concert Series 
Castle of our Skins 
Hub New Music 
Music as a Second Language 
Brian Friedland 
Open Sound 
Boston Hassle
Marimba Cabaret
Weird Folk Fest
Times Two Series
 ...and more! 

And listen to sounds by these folks:
Lou Bunk 
Greg Jukes 
with a full set by The Ladles 

It's free!

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Inuksuit Boston
3:00pm 3:00pm

Inuksuit Boston

On June 12, the Arnold Arboretum and Kadence Arts host the Boston premiere of Inuksuit —a 75 minute work for percussion ensemble that is designed to heighten awareness of the sights and sounds that surround us every day. 

Composed by Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams and performed in major cities around the globe, this production will feature nearly 90 New England-based musicians. The performers will be dispersed throughout the conifer collection of the Arnold Arboretum, and audience encouraged to wander the area. Inuksuit is deeply influenced by John Luther Adams’ belief that “music can contribute to the awakening of our ecological understanding. By deepening our awareness of our connections to the earth, music can provide a sounding model for the renewal of human consciousness and culture.”

This event is free and open to all. Enter through the Bussey Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum.

Kadence Arts Staff: 
Producer: Maria Finkelmeier
Artistic Director: Amy Garapic
Project Assistant: Greg Jukes

Click here to read our Preview in the Boston Globe by David Weininger, 6/9/2016

Photo: Adam DeTour 

Kadence Arts Ensemble: 

Mike Anderson
Amy Lynn Barber
Justin Barish
Sarah Brooks
Brian Calhoon
Caitlin Cawley
Mark Haygood
Laura Jordan
Catherine Lee
Julian Loida
Ana Lorenzo
Rose Martin
Craig McNutt
Jeff Means
Noah Petti
Ben Pitt
Anna Provo
Dominic Ryder
Sam Schmetterer
Matt Sharrock
Greg Simonds
John Smigielski
Chris Swist
Nick Tolle
Mary Jordan
Aaron Trant
Danny Vozzolo
Clara Warnaar
Mike Williams
Lindsey Hartfelder
Sayun Chang
Daniel DeSimone

Matthew Bronson
Una Cheng
Carey Citak
Adam Dipersio
Maria Finkelmeier
Karl Grohman
Sarah Hale
Mike Hardin
Reyna Herrera
Jon Hess
Stephen Hutson
Bill Manley
Tim Nylander
Ayami Okamura
Jonathan Padilla
Dan Pessalano
Alex Pugsley
Kristi Pugsley
Scott Quade
Noah Rosen
Sam Solomon
Jeff Stern
Aaron Taub
Chris Vought
Gordon Williams
Nian Shee Yon
Michael Zell
Kyle Harris

Liz Anker
Lisa Anna
Megan Arns
Michael Avitabile
Beth Barber
Joshua Carrasal
Dan Whitelock
Ben Fraley
Amy Garapic
Marie Ghittman
Cindy Giron
Anthony Henry
Chris Homick
Matt Hudson
Darren Long
Jesey Meche
Don Metz
Dan Pfeiffer
Maria Price
Rachel Pfeiffer
Erin Rogers
Jessi Rosinski
Liam Sheehy
Alex Stening
Dennis Sullivan
Misha Thomas
James Vought
Eric Dill
Pam Wasko
Lindsey Kanaga
Katie Tingley

Project made possible by:

Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University 

Anonymous Gift 

Cricket Foundation 

Boston Cultural Council

Percussive Arts Society

and attendees of the March 24 fundraising concert & online contributors. 


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Ultimate Jam Session with the Beat Bus and Conservatory Lab Charter School

Ultimate Jam Session with the Beat Bus and Conservatory Lab Charter School

The Beat Bus and Conservatory Lab Charter School’s El Sistema program unite for The Ultimate Jam Session on The Greenway at Dewey Square, May 4th from 12 to 2pm! During this interactive performance, anyone walking by can lead the funk-rock band, grab an instrument and play with student musicians from Conservatory Lab, or learn simple percussion grooves on the Beat Bus’ electronically triggered bucket drums. 

An ArtWeek Boston Event!

More info here

Join us! 

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8:00pm 8:00pm

Times Two with Gutbucket & Doug Perkins/BoCo Percussion

We are thrilled to add this special concert pairing genre-bending legends Gutbucket with percussion hero Doug Perkins and BoCo Percussion. Celebrating the release of their sixth record Dance, Gutbucket brings their feverish presence and fierce rock intensity for a rare Boston appearance. Joining them is Doug Perkins and members of BoCo percussion playing new works by Ken Thomson, Ian Dicke and Steve Snowden.

The Record Company / 960 Mass Ave. / Boston, MA 

$15 Suggested Donation

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8:00pm 8:00pm

Times Two with TIGUE & BLK BX

times two kicks off our sophomore season with a killer pairing - Boston's "best kept secret" BLK BX and Brooklyn based, Ohio bread percussion band, TIGUE. Crazy rhythmic interplay meets soulful, visceral melodies, once again, at The Record Co! 

 The Record Company / 960 Mass Ave. / Boston, MA 

$15 Suggested Donation

More info here. 

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Opening Ceremony @ Outside the Box

Premiere of Outside the Box commission The Uncommons!

The piece is for 13 percussionists, and the vocals of Deepti Navaratna! We are excited to premiere this work to kick off a performing arts festival highlighting the talent of our city!

The Kadence Arts Percussion Crew: Maria Finkelmeier, Greg Jukes, Mike Hardin, Nate Tucker, Keith Aleo, Jeff Means, Nick Tolle, Laura Jordan, Ana Lorenzo, Dan Pessalano, Dani Fortner, Matt Samolis, and Ben Fraley.

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8:00pm 8:00pm

Collaboration with Dr. Ax

Concert collaboration with Dr. Ax: Sumner Truax & Drew Worden, a saxophone and percussion duo from Rochester, NY.

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