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SAM Performs: Timber

Oct 9 2021

Olympic Sculpture Park

Gates Amphitheater

1 PM – 7 PM

Math rock meets sound bath in this performance of Timber, a 65-minute tour-de-force scored for six virtuosic percussionists on tuned 2x4s, at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Listen to this world-famous composition as you enjoy the art in the park on a fall day.

Written by acclaimed American composer Michael Gordon, Timber is currently being played by ensembles everywhere in celebration of its 10th anniversary. This iteration features specially designed lights by local designer Kevin Blanquies, beautiful instruments built by local master carpenter Isaac Anderson, and the unstoppable talent of six local percussionists.

Timber will be performed twice throughout the day at 1 and 5 pm.


Aaron Michael Butler
Storm Benjamin
James Doyle
Rebekah Ko
Paulina Michaels
Jonathan Rodriguez

Instruments built by Isaac Anderson

Lighting design by Kevin Blanquies

Produced by Aaron Michael Butler & Erin Jorgensen

Aaron Michael Butler is a percussionist and composer currently studying at the University of Washington. He regularly presents concerts of contemporary solo and chamber music, and has been active in the creation of new works through commissioning composers of his generation.

Erin Jorgensen is a marimbaist and concert producer living in Seattle. When not working with the wonderful local musician scene in Seattle, she spends her time working for worldwide reproductive rights.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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