Left Edge Percussion, Terry Longshore, Director, begins its Spring 2019 touring season with a performance of Joseph Bertolozzi’s Tower Music Percussion 5tet at the Northwest Percussion Festival at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, ID.

The concert is April 6 at 1pm and also features works by Carlos Chavez and Steve Reich. Left Edge Percussion will also perform works by Terry Longshore, John Bergamo, John Luther Adams, Ivan Trevino, David Bithell, and Anna Socolofsky later in the weekend.

The quintet, premiered at Southern Oregon University by Left Edge Percussion is an adaptation by #Bertolozzi of his opus Tower Music. #TowerMusic is a work where Bertolozzi sampled the structures of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (girders, railings, etc.), and created music solely from the sounds of its surfaces, using no other instruments. The album reached the Billboard Top Twenty Classical charts when released in 2016.


Celebrate with me Monday, February 4, as WMHT-FM marks my 60th birthday with the broadcast of my work Suite Poughkeepsie for orchestra; Joel Eric Suben conducts SeattleMusic. Tune to 88.7 FM at around 1:40pm. It will also be streamed on 

This piece was originally premiered in 1999 by The Hudson Valley Philharmonic conducted by Randall Fleischer at The Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Village of Poughkeepsie in 1799. 

The album “The Contemplation of Bravery” by SEATTLEMUSIC, featuring 3 symphonic works of Joseph Bertolozzi, is one of his most popular recordings. 124 classical stations across the US and Canada placed it in rotation when it was released in 2002. In addition to Suite Poughkeepsie, it features the title track, commissioned by the US Military Academy at West Point for their Bicentennial.

TOWER MUSIC PERCUSSION 5TET – Last performance before tour

Here’s your last chance to hear Left Edge Percussion perform Joseph Bertolozzi‘s Tower Music Percussion Quintet live before their Spring 2019 tour.

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University  491 S Mountain, Ashland, Oregon 97520, hosts the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Terry Longshore, Friday Nov. 30, 2018 at 7:30pm PST.

Works to be performed include:

– “Apple Blossom” by Peter Garland

– Three movements from “Strange and Sacred Noise” by John Luther Adams:
“triadic iteration lattices”
“solitary and time-breaking waves”
“…and dust rising…”

– “Palta” by Bob Becker featuring Terry Longshore, cajón soloist

– “The Gilded Cage” by Susan K. Powell

– “Catching Shadows” by Ivan Trevino

Selections from “Tower Music – Percussion 5tet” by Joseph Bertolozzi, performed by Left Edge Percussion

– “5x5x5” by John Bergamo


Photo by Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University’s post in SOU Percussion Ensembles



“…a towering achievement in sound”

That’s the headline from a review of the successful premiere on Nov. 8, 2018 of Tower Music 5tet at Southern Oregon University, performed by Left Edge Percussion under the direction of Dr. Terry Longshore. Here’s a link to the whole article: “A Towering Achievement in Sound”

The evening’s offerings included:

– video projections of composer Joseph Bertolozzi harvesting sounds from the Eiffel Tower

– an A/B comparison between the original recording of one of the movements of #TowerMusic and the percussion quintet adaptation performed by Left Edge Percussion

– introductory remarks by the composer

– a live stream of the concert

Thanks to New Music USA for their assistance with this project.

TOWER MUSIC- PERCUSSION 5TET was supported by New Music USA, made possible by
annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust,
Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music & New York State Council on the Arts.