HOCKET Announces New Project: #What2020SoundsLike

HOCKET Announces New Project: #What2020SoundsLike

Friday, July 31, 2020

HOCKET is a new cutting edge piano duo based in Los Angeles. Members, Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff (KHN alum 2014), are both pianist-composers dedicated to commissioning and performing contemporary music. The duo recently commissioned 50 composers to join them in their new project #What2020SoundsLike.

According to their website, "2020 has been a year with unprecedented mental, emotional, physical, and sociological effects. 50 commissioned composers have been invited to musically respond to this year with miniatures written for piano duo. These miniatures will be released weekly on HOCKET’s social media (@HOCKETensemble) from mid-June, through September 2020. The project will culminate in a live streamed performance of the pieces on August 22, 2020 and an album release at the end of the year." Follow the project at HOCKET.org/What2020SoundsLike

THE 50 COMMISSIONED COMPOSERS: Richard An, Katherine Balch, Marcos Balter, Nick Benavides, India Carney, Juan Pablo Contreras, Jacob Cooper, Donald Crockett, David Crowell, Linda Dallimore, Nick DePinna, Ian Dicke, Luke Ellard, Stephen Hartke, Ted Hearne, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Maria Kaoutzani, Paul Kerekes, Tonia Ko, Bryan Curt Kostors, Veronika Krausas, Scott Lee, Cristina Lord, José Martinez, A.J. McCaffrey, Jane Meenaghan, Noah Meites, Alexander Elliott Miller, Ted Moore, Jordan Nelson, Nick Norton, Hitomi Oba, Gemma Peacocke, Vicki Ray, Jonathan Richards, Matthew Ricketts, Daniel Rotem, Peter Shin, Jen Shyu, Annika Socolofsky, Derrick Spiva Jr., Miro Sprague, Christopher Stark, Alex Stephenson, Joel Thompson, Dale Trumbore, Derek Tywoniuk, Sakari Dixon Vanderveer, Alex Weiser, Sam Wells, Nina C. Young

Of the 50 composers commissioned, fellow KHN alum include: Jacob Cooper (2011), Tonia Ko (2016), Ted Moore (2015), Alex Weiser (2013), and Nina C. Young (2015).


HOCKET is a cutting edge piano duo based in Los Angeles. Lauded as “brilliant” by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times and as an "adventurous young ensemble" by The New Yorker. Members Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff are both pianist-composers dedicated to commissioning and performing contemporary music. They have performed in some of the most exciting festivals and venues across the country including the L.A. Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight, The Bang on Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, MATA Festival in New York City, and the Other Minds Festival. Together, they have premiered over one hundred chamber and solo works and have collaborated with the premier, new music ensembles Eighth Blackbird and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. HOCKET has received grants from the Presser Foundation and The Earle Brown Music Foundation and has been a selected artist in Firebird Ensemble's Outstanding Young Artists Initiative and the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab. HOCKET is a Piano Spheres core artist and a performing artist on the Schoenhut Piano Company Artist Roster. For more information, visit www.HOCKET.org

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