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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 188: Paddling to the Sea with Third Coast Percussion

They got the beat. Yeah, they got the beat.


Third Coast Percussion (Peter Martin is second from left; Sean Connors is at far right). Courtesy of their website.

Third Coast Percussion makes amazing music by hitting stuff. Okay – it’s a little more complicated than that. But the Grammy-winning ensemble does spend a lot of time, both at Home Depot and with percussion mentors from other countries, searching for things to hit, bash, tap and so on. Their latest project, Paddle to the Sea, is a beautiful and moving distillation of all of that searching and bashing – one that has a rich history, dating back to a children’s book of the same name from 1941. In this episode, Third Coast’s Sean Connors and Peter Martin talk about Paddle to the Sea and what exactly a percussion ensemble is.


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Special thanks to Todd Reynolds for his music, Taskforce: Farmlab from Outerbourough.