Chicago-based percussionist and composer Glenn Kotche has been heralded as one of the most exciting, creative and promising composers and performers in modern music. In addition to his work as a composer and solo percussionist, Kotche is member of the ground-breaking American rock band Wilco, with whom he has played since 2001. Their first album recorded after Kotche joined the group, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, was met with critical and mass acclaim with Rolling Stone magazine recently calling it the 3rd best album of the decade. He has received international attention for his "unfailing taste, technique and discipline" (Chicago Tribune), and has been commissioned to write pieces for Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars and So Percussion.
In addition to collaborating with renowned contemporary music sextet Eighth Blackbird, Kotche's compositions have been performed at venues as wide-ranging as Highland Park's Ravinia, Carnegie's Zankel Hall in New York and Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, Brazil. In 2006, Kotche was invited as a featured performer at the Modern Drummer Festival, was the headlining performer at the inaugural concert for New York’s Wordless Music, and was an artist-in-residence at SoundRes in Lecce, Italy.
Beyond Wilco, Kotche records and performs regularly with the Jazz experimental duo, On Fillmore, whose latest release, Extended Vacation (Dead Oceans/BounDee 2009) was praised by the New York Times as “a peculiar update of early-1960s exotica, with a heart of darkness in a place of setting sun.” Their previous release, Sleeps with Fishes (Drag City, 2003 and Columbia Music Entertainment, 2007), landed them at the prestigious 2005 Percussion Pan Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.