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Sandbox Percussion & Gabriel Cabezas

Friday, February 12

World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Time for fresh new music! Cellist and Astral Artist Gabriel Cabezas returns to LiveConnections for a daring collaboration with the extraordinary Sandbox Percussion. The quartet and Cabezas will perform a world premiere by composer Alyssa Weinberg, as well as Steve Reich’s “Drumming,” a solo cello work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, and Andy Akiho’s “21” for marimba and cello.

Hailed as “an intense player who connects to music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello” by The Oregonian, Gabriel Cabezas is one of America’s most sought after young musicians.

LiveConnections curates and presents six concerts annually, showcasing collaborative music designed for adventurous music-lovers. Join us for dinner and some of the most engaging new music around!

$18 general admission
$13 students with ID
(prices include service charges)

Press Release

January 18, 2016 — LiveConnections pairs a rising classical music star, cellist and Astra Artist Gabriel Cabezas, with the innovative Sandbox Percussion ensemble for the fourth concert of its 2015-2016 LiveConnections Presents concert series on Friday, February 12. Cabezas, who was recently on tour with Ben Folds as part of yMusic and has been hailed as “greatly gifted” by the Chicago Tribune, will join the talented Sandbox Percussion for a concert of new music. [Read more]


Remember when Gabriel Cabezas performed in a LiveConnections concert in February 2014 with dancer Chloe Felesina?

About the Artists

Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music. Last season, Sandbox gave a TEDx talk in Brooklyn with the composer-collective Blind Ear Music that showcased a computer program that enables a composer to compose music for live performers in real-time. Through a collaboration with the Yale School of Drama, Sandbox premiered composer/sound designer Palmer Hefferan’s effervescent multimedia piece, “Forming the Year’s First Sky” – a multi-movement work that combines intricate movement and lighting with music in a live concert setting. For more information about Sandbox Percussion, visit http://www.sandboxpercussion.com. [Image: Courtesy of the artist]

Hailed as “an intense player who connects to the music naturally, without artifice, and [who] brings a singing line to the cello” (The Oregonian), cellist Gabriel Cabezas is one of America’s most sought after young musicians. Combining a superb technique, intellectual curiosity and a pioneering musical spirit, Cabezas is at home in front of an orchestra, performing with a singer-songwriter or sharing the stage with a dance troupe. What drives him is the delight of artistic collaboration, the need for genuine communication with audiences and the search for new musical experiences. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2014 National Auditions, he has been featured as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, New World Symphony, Nashville Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de C osta Rica, among others. To learn more about Gabriel, please visit http://www.gabrielcabezas.com. [Image: Vanessa Briceño]