Louie’s Cage Percussion is an ensemble that loves variety and the new.
Anyone who likes to divide music into genres will therefore have a hard time putting these six young musicians in a drawer. Her performance has the roots in classical music, the trunk in jazz, the branches in electronic music and the branches in drama and comedy.
The musicians from LCP, all of them trained percussionists, slip into different roles and play their way through all epochs of music history – with humor and euphoria, charm and melancholy but at least with the greatest passion and outstanding musical ability.
While the sound artists operate various percussion and mallet instruments, they fill the room with intoxicating melodies on synthesizers, guitars and even the tuba. Through the use of dramaturgically skilled visuals, the stage is integrated into the well-designed production and concludes the narrative on a visual level.
Named after the Monkey King Louie and the composer John Cage, this percussion group consists of six talented young musicians in their twenties. They are some of the youngest members of renowned Austrian orchestras including the Vienna Volksoper, the Lower Austria Tonkuenstler Orchestra and the Graz Opera and play all repertoires of classical music. Besides their studies of classical music, they have always been interested in jazz, rock and electronic music and have played in various bands and broadened their knowledge of various musical genres.
After listening to many percussion ensembles they decided to do something different, something the general audience of common percussion ensembles had not yet experienced.
In 2013 LCP was finally established and the young artists started to work on a very challenging task: They wanted to combine acting, writing and playing music at the highest level and unite all of the music they were surrounded with every day from big opera and symphonic orchestra music, to film music, jazz and electronic music like dubstep and drum’n bass underpinned with a lot of electronic instruments and effects.