Ron Coulter Performs Xtensions at SUU

Published: October 25, 2016 | Author: Ashley Pollock | Read Time: 2 minutes

Ron CoulterSouthern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Ron Coulter, percussionist, composer, improviser, and researcher, will perform at Southern Utah University’s Thorley Recital Hall on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Xtensions is a solo percussion and electronics concert consisting of songs composed by Coulter. This performance is free admission and community members are invited to attend.

As a composer, Coulter has created more than 290 original compositions for various media encompassing numerous genres.  His compositions have been performed throughout North America, South America, and Europe. Through Coulter’s research, percussion music from the 1930s and ‘40s have come back for public consumption.

Of his work, Coulter says, “My work focuses on sound, experimentation, abstraction, maximal use of minimal materials, and highly idiosyncratic forms of expression realized via new compositions, free improvisations, and personal collaborations.  I am primarily a percussionist, however my artistic practice explores a broad sonic landscape, from extended techniques on conventional instruments to found objects, environmental sound to electronics, performance art to intermedia, and beyond.  My practice as a performer, composer, and improviser is inclusive and is enriched from my ongoing involvement in a wide range of musicking, including: jazz, popular, orchestral, various world musics, solo and chamber percussion music, free improvisation, electronic music, recording, and curation.”

He also uses his physical location when composing his works. Coulter said, “Geographic, physical, and situational realities are primary for my work.  In this way, my work is not superficially collaborative with the people, materials, and opportunities that I have access to, but rather it is truly responsive to, and reflexive with, all of these variables.  Thus, my art practice embodies the respect of the individual (person, object, location) and the interrelationships of individuals-in-collaboration within whatever context I find myself.”

Feel the sound resonate when you attend Xtensions on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the Thorley Recital Hall. For more information, please visit

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