It’s difficult to know who is having more fun at a Third Coast Percussion performance: the audience or the performers.
The Grand Teton Music Festival welcomes the Grammy-winning quartet to Walk Festival Hall as part of its new “Gateway Series” at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets cost $40.
Founded 15 years ago by four percussion students at the Northwestern University, Third Coast Percussion didn’t take long to develop from a local project to an internationally touring ensemble presenting a panoply of mostly 20th-century music written for drums and mallets and all sorts of other unlikely instruments, as well as commissioning new work from the day’s most innovative composers.
For the Teton Festival, the quartet — David Skidmore, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin and Sean Connors — will present works by Brazilian composer-pianist-singer Clarice Assad, minimalist innovator Phillip Glass and film soundtrack composer Danny Elfman, who among other things is also a daring and exciting composer whose musical roots tap deeply into percussion.