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Bobby Previte's Lasting Impact 

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Previte and his spouse, the writer and performance artist Andrea Kleine, moved into a bungalow outside Hudson in 2013 and quickly felt at home. "The scene in New York was getting more and more disparate, and we really wanted to be somewhere in the country where we could reconnect with a sense of community," says Previte, the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and other prestigious grants. "[The Hudson Valley] has really been a great place for meeting cool people and finding great musicians to play with." Previte found four such musicians right down the road: the members of celebrated ensemble So Percussion, who are the codirectors of the Bard College Conservatory of Music's percussion department and were enlisted by the drummer to perform his newly released five-part masterpiece suite Terminals (Cantaloupe Music; the recording also features guest solos by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, keyoboardist John Medseki, harpist Zeena Parkins, and saxophonist Greg Osby).

"The first phrase that comes to mind when I think about Bobby is 'pure energy,'" says So Percussion's Eric Cha-Beach. "As a working musician he has the ability to imagine sounds clearly before they actually happen, which not every composer is good at. And he's really focused on what's best for the music. He was never afraid to stray from his score and change the parts when we trying things out in rehearsal."

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Previte's success with both playing music and writing it begs the question: If he had to choose between the two outlets, which would it be? He winces. "I guess the answer would be 'drummer,' because that way I could still compose as I played—I don't really like the process of composing," he confesses. "But I love hearing the results."

Terminals is out now on Cantaloupe Music.

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