Heralded by The Chicago Tribune for his "unfailing taste, technique and discipline," Glenn Kotches eclectic performances and original compositions have explored the creative use of rhythm and space through various projects in percussion the past 18 years. Born in 1970 in Roselle, Illinois, Glenn graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in music performance from the prestigious University of Kentucky Percussion Program, studying under James Campbell. Following graduation, his various stints with groups and ensembles have resulted in participation on over 80 albums to date, including three recorded solo works, the first two entitled Introducing and Next. Glenn's third solo effort of original compositions, Mobile was released on Nonesuch Records in 2006. Kotche was featured on the cover of the August 2007 issue of Modern Drummer magazine and can be seen performing on the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival DVD.
Kotche joined the rock band, Wilco in 2001. Since joining as drummer/percussionist, Wilco's accomplishments include the gold-selling album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born and the live double record Kicking Television. The most recent release by Wilco, Sky Blue Sky debuted in the Billboard charts U.S. Top 5 with the Boston Phoenix calling it, an outright masterpiece The album was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Album category.
Beyond Wilco, Kotche records and performs regularly with the jazz experimental duo On Fillmore. Their latest recording, Sleeps with Fishes (Drag City, 2003 and Columbia Music Entertainment, 2007), landed them at the prestigious 2005 Percussion Pan Festival in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Brazil. On Fillmore has collaborated with the Brazilian trio, Moreno Veloso+2, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and scored the cult film, S&MAN. He is also one third of the trio - with Jim O'Rourke and Jeff Tweedy - that records and performs under the name Loose Fur.
Recently commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, Kotche completed a 25-minute, 7 movement composition, Anomaly, which premiered at the 2007 San Francisco Jazz Festival. He will premiere a new work commissioned for the Bang on a Can All-Stars in April 2008 at the University of North Carolina. In 2007 the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts honored Kotche as a distinguished alumnus for his international contributions to percussion composition and performance.
Glenn has written for Percussive Notes Magazine, the official publication of the Percussive Arts Society, and has had a series of articles entitled DIY Percussion published in Modern Drummer magazine.