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Glenn Kotche

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Chicago-based percussionist and composer Glenn Kotche has been called one of the most exciting, creative and promising composers and performers in modern music, receiving international attention for his "unfailing taste, technique and discipline" (Chicago Tribune). He has released four solo albums including his most recent Adventureland (Cantaloupe Music, 2014).  Kotche has been commissioned by renowned ensembles and organizations including Kronos Quartet, The Silk Road Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Eighth Blackbird, So Percussion, Third Coast Percussion, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Rider, National Sawdust, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Norway’s 1B1 String Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony, Slagwerk Den Haag and Roomful of Teeth. 

In addition to his work as a composer and percussionist, Kotche has played on over 90 records as drummer or percussionist in a wide range of genres.  He is a member of the groundbreaking Chicago-based rock band Wilco since 2001.  With Wilco, he has recorded six studio albums including the seminal Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the Grammy-winning A Ghost is Born and garnered 5 Grammy nominations.

Kotche holds workshops and residencies at universities, museums and other institutions and has also created several sound installations, including Earth Drums at New York’s Art Park and Spy On Wall housed at MASSMoCA. He resides in Chicago with his wife and two children.