A highlight from last season was our invitation-only performance of Earle Brown's extraordinary Calder Piece on January 9, 2016 at the Friends Seminary in New York City. Brown's work was composed between 1963-66 in collaboration with Alexander Calder who created his mobile Chef d'orchestre specifically for the piece. Calder Piece employs some 100 percussion instruments in a performance where the movement of the sculpture is "read" by the players, responding to the varying configurations of its elements. At times the mobile acts as an instrument itself with the percussionists approaching it and striking its parts. Regarding performances of the work, Brown wrote that, "The piece is one of a kind, and the music must never be independent of that particular mobile." Talujon was thrilled to be invited by the Calder Foundation and the Earle Brown Music Foundation to present a performance of this rarely heard landmark work on the actual Calder mobile.

Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an "edgy, unflagging energy", Talujon has been mesmerizing audiences since 1990. For well over two decades, Talujon has committed itself to the growth of contemporary percussion music through diverse performance, commissioning, educational, and outreach activities.

Highlights of Talujon’s recent engagements include appearances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Carnegie Hall, ISSUE Project Room, Miller Theatre, and New York Historical Society. International performances include Taipei’s Lantern Festival, Italy’s Sound Res Festival, and a tour with Steve Reich and Musicians. In addition to its diverse performance schedule, Talujon has conducted residencies, clinics, and master classes at institutions across the US, including Harvard, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Stanford, and the universities of Virginia, Oregon, and Buffalo. Notable commissions and premiers include collaborations with composers Dewa Alit, Nick Brooke, Chien Yin Chen, Louis Karchin, Alvin Lucier, Eric Moe, Steve Ricks, Ralph Shapey, Henry Threadgill, Ushio Torikai, and Julia Wolfe.

Locally, Talujon engages in a series of residencies in the New York City Public Schools though the Department of Cultural Affairs After School Adventures program, as well as through a collaboration with the Midori and Friends organization. The ensemble’s playing can be heard on the Cantaloupe, Tzadik, New World, Bridge, Albany, and Capstone record labels. Talujon proudly uses Mike Balter sticks and mallets and Black Swamp Percussion instruments.

Photography of Talujon by Richard Blinkoff