William Winant

Posted by September 13, 2012


William Winant (percussion) is internationally recognized as one of the leading avant-garde percussionists working today. He has collaborated with such diverse artists as the Kronos String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma and the Mark Morris Dance Group, Steve Reich and Musicians, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Lou Harrison, John Zorn, and Sonic Youth. He has been the percussionist with the avant-garde rock band Mr. Bungle, and has commissioned and premiered many pieces written for him and his own ensemble, the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio. He is also principal percussionist with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. A member of the instrumental faculty at the University of California at Berkeley and Mills College, and a Visiting Lecturer at University of California, Santa Cruz, Mr. Winant has made over two hundred recordings covering a wide variety of music. His recording of Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro was the New York Times Critic’s Choice for best contemporary recording of 1988. He has been a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players since 1988.