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Clocks in Motion – RUNNER UP

Clocks in Motion is a contemporary percussion ensemble dedicated to performing modern chamber music and commissioning new repertoire. Formed in 2011, Clocks in Motion began as an extension of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Graduate Percussion Group and now serves as the ensemble-in-residence with the UW-Madison percussion studio. Among its many recent engagements, the group served as resident performers and educators at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Rhapsody Arts Center,

University of Michigan, Baldwin-Wallace University and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.  The ensemble was hailed as “nothing short of remarkable” by in a review of the Clocks in Motion Midwest Tour to Cleveland, Pittsburgh and West Virginia in the spring of 2013.

With a fearless and uncompromising ear to programming challenging and adventurous contemporary percussion ensemble repertoire, Clocks in Motion consistently performs groundbreaking concerts that involve performance art, theater and often the construction of new instruments. Among these epic pieces are Xenakis' symphonic-length percussion sextet, “Pleiades.” This remarkable composition requires the construction of six micro-tonal metallic keyboard percussion instruments called sixxen. These rare instruments are owned by only a handful of percussion groups in the world. Although Clocks in Motion performs many classic pieces of percussion repertoire, the ensemble is also focusing its vision on the future of percussion music. Clocks in Motion commissions both established and young and emerging composers to promote the longevity of our art form.

Please visit to learn more about our ensemble, to listen to recordings, and to check out our upcoming concerts and residencies.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.