Glenn Kotche



For a percussionist and composer as energetic, inquisitive and versatile as Glenn Kotche, it’s his sense of balance—his ability to thrive in different and seemingly disparate worlds—that really makes him stand out as a musician. Since 2001, Kotche has been the rhythmic anchor in Wilco, one of the most beloved rock bands on the planet. His first studio outing with the Chicago- based band was the breakthrough Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and has continued over the course of five albums, including the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born and last year’s critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated Star Wars. He has appeared on over 90 recordings by artists as diverse as Andrew Bird, Neko Case, KD Lang, Laura Veirs, Iron and Wine, Neil Finn, and Radiohead’s Phil Selway, and he’s a founding member of two other bands— Loose Fur, with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and longtime collaborator Jim O’Rourke, and On Fillmore, with upright bassist Darin Gray. He has also written music for classical and post-classical ensembles like Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the Silk Road Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, So Percussion, eighth blackbird, Roomful of Teeth and many more.

Read more about Glenn’s work with CYSO.