About the ensemble
A group of four percussionists. The feeling for rhythm is in their blood, as is the feeling for the theatrical. This is what makes Percossa so unique: dance, acrobatics, mime, shadow play, magic — all accompanied by virtuoso percussion pieces.
Yet, percussion is not the primary purpose of a performance, but only serves as a means to an end. This is why Percossa is sometimes called a “theater without words”. Percossa’s musical force explodes to breathtaking proportions by its theatrical setting.
A bit circus and a bit rock concert. Full of unrestrained energy and universal humour. And always delivered in a manner that is both original and openly obstinate.
Giving children a chance to encounter the orchestra
All over the world, orchestras are working hard to find new and young audiences. Children these days find themselves immersed in music, yet have trouble actually listening to it, experiencing its force that is capable of sweeping one off ones feet. One of the perceived obstacles for appreciating orchestral music is its supposed complexity.
But all you need to appreciate classical music are ears, and an open mind – things every child already has. And, of course, the opportunity to actually see and hear an orchestra. Children have a natural curiosity for artistic complexity and beauty but that curiosity may vanish if it isn’t nourished.
With Rhythmix we believe we are giving children the chance to encounter the orchestra and its musical richness. With music education in schools dwindling, and children being children, it is of the utmost importance to let them engage and interact with the music. That’s how they learn about, and appreciate, orchestral music, without them even noticing this is educational. All they are doing is having fun. Percossa, with its rhythmical background and its humour, functions as a net, dragging along any children who think the lea ming curve of classical music is too steep.
This might be the first and last time they visit an orchestra. But Rhythmix has given these kids a chance to form their own taste and opinion.
In the Netherlands Rhythmix has now been received with great success in almost all major concert halls and performed with some of the major Dutch symphony orchestras. Percossa is ready to take this fantastic production abroad and is able and willing to do the presentation of this exciting educational programme in the language of your country.
Rhythmix has been developed in close cooperation with conductor Hans Leenders who, therefore, is the preferred choice to lead the concerts.
Everyone is invited
Rhythmix is an immersing concert aimed at children at the age of 8 to 12 but highly suitable, for instance, as a Sunday Morning Concert as well. The orchestra and the four percussionists of Percossa play so compellingly that it’s impossible to stay still in your seat. Which is fine because everyone is invited to join in. The children – and their (grand-)parents – sing songs and play body percussion along with the orchestra, making them really experience the music.
Making kids really experience the orchestra
It is quite a challenge to listen to what’s happening in the orchestra. Rhythmix is a playful encounter with the sounds of the orchestra combined with the contagious rhythms and humour of Percossa.
The Contemporary Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
- With music education in schools dwindling, and children being children, it is of the utmost importance to let kids engage and interact with music.
- Received with great success in almost all major concert halls and performed with some of the major Dutch symphony orchestras.
- For ages 8 to 12 but highly suitable as a Family Concert as well.
- An exciting educational programme in the language of your country.
Including Teaching Materials & Videos
In order for schools to prepare to visit a performance, Percossa developed special videos and teaching materials to enable the children to play and sing along with the orchestra.