The music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the SOU Graduate Percussion Group performing Michael Gordon’s minimalist masterpiece “Timber” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is free.

The music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the SOU Graduate Percussion Group performing Michael Gordon’s minimalist masterpiece “Timber” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is free.

Terry Longshore, director of percussion studies at SOU describes “Timber” as a “meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level.” Since its composition in 2009, Gordon's piece has been heralded as a masterwork of polyrhythmic juxtaposition and a celebration of the essence of percussion.

The SOU Graduate Percussion Group — Jordan Curcuruto, Joseph Howe, Jeffrey Kolega, Colin Malloy and Tyler Willoughby — are working toward their masters of music in performance degrees.

Longshore is a percussionist whose genre-crossing work involves multimedia artists, live music for dance and theater and experimental musical notation. In addition to directing and performing with the SOU Percussion Ensembles, he performs with flute and percussion duo Caballito Negro and flamenco ensemble Duo Flamenco.

Longshore has performed at the Bang on a Can Festival in New York City, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Festival of New American Music, Britt Festivals, the Cycle of Percussion at the National Center of the Arts in Mexico City, and has been featured six times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an artist endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and Remo Drumheads. He earned his doctoral degree in contemporary music performance from the University of California, San Diego.