Doug Perkins photo c.Joe Mazza

Doug Perkins, Percussion

Doug Perkins has been described as “terrific, wide-awake and strikingly entertaining” by the Boston Globe, and has been declared a “percussion virtuoso” by the New York Times. He has appeared at venues of all types including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Millennium Park, the Alaskan tundra, Central Park Lake, and countless others.

Doug has commissioned and premiered over 100 pieces and works with such composers as David Lang, Steve Reich, Paul Lansky, John Luther Adams, Christian Wolff, Glenn Kotche, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Tristan Perich. He founded the percussion quartet Sō Percussion and the Meehan/Perkins Duo, and performs with Ensemble Signal, eighth blackbird, and others.

Doug’s acclaimed recordings as a soloist, conductor, producer, and member of the Meehan/Perkins Duo and Sō Percussion can be heard on the Bridge, Cantaloupe, Harmonia Mundi, New Focus, and New World labels. They have been called “brilliant” by the New York Times and named to numerous Top 10 of the Year lists. In addition to making recordings, Doug can also be found interviewing people all over the place for his podcast, Five Days with Doug, where he discusses life, hopes, and dreams with other creative leaders.

Lately, Doug has been organizing large-scale events that encourage new ways of experiencing live music. His production of Iannis Xenakis’ Persephassa in and around Central Park Lake and John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit in New York City were named Top Ten Performances in 2010 and 2011 by the New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York.

Doug is presently on the percussion faculty at the Boston Conservatory. He is also the Director and Founder of the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar. He served with eighth blackbird as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago. Doug was previously on the faculty of Dartmouth College.

Photo by Joe Mazza.