Sandbox Percussion—Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen—received a 2022 Grammy Nomination in the “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” category for their newest album Seven Pillars. Seven Pillars is a collaboration between composer Andy Akiho and Sandbox to create a “genre-defying audio and video collaboration for percussion quartet.” The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will take place Monday, January 31, 2022. Sandbox Percussion was featured in The New York Times in early December following their Grammy nomination. The Times’ Zachary Woolfe profiled Andy Akiho, the album’s composer, and interviewed Sandbox about working with Akiho and the development of Seven Pillars.
Doctorate of Music Arts students Steph Zimmerman and Nonoka Mizukami presented Inspiring A New Generation of Luthiers: A New Organology within the Curriculum of an American Conservatory in a live session on Early Musics in the 21st Century at the American Musicological Society Annual Meeting. Alongside Associate Professor of Musicology Susan Weiss, Zimmerman and Mizukami presented their findings on Peabody’s course, “The Archeology of Musical Instruments” as an improvement to long-standing organology in American conservatories.
Sandbox Percussion – Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen – premiered the Seven Pillars film anthology, 11 films that were commissioned to accompany their latest album of Andy Akiho’s music, on their YouTube channel on Thursday, October 21 at 8:00 pm EDT.
Lawrence Manchester (BM ’94, Percussion; BM ’95 Recording Arts and Sciences) won the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie as the score mixer for The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix). Earlier this year, he won the Cinema Audio Society Award for the same program.
All four members of Sandbox Percussion – Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen – have joined the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory.