Northwest Percussion Festival 2019

April 5-7, 2019  


college of southern idaho

Twin Falls, ID

Scott Farkas, Festival Host

Aspiring to expand the genre of percussion chamber music, arx duo is dedicated to the creation and presentation of new works involving percussion, as well as the education of young artists striving to engage with audiences through the creation of new works. They have had premiere performances throughout the globe, conducted workshops on three continents, and worked with a variety of composers and artists to bring new creations to audiences everywhere.

 Early in 2018, arx duo premiered Dominic Murcott’s Harmonic Canon at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the U.K. This summer, they will perform as the Ensemble in Residence at Artosphere Music Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They continually perform recitals and collaborative concerts throughout the U.S. As members of The Percussion Collective Robert van Sice, now in its opening season, they premiered Garth Neustadter’s Seaborne this year, and have presented concerts and master classes at multiple universities.

 With a repertoire ranging from established masters to today’s newest compositional voices, arx duo has worked closely with composers such as Alejandro Viñao, James Wood, and Ted Hearne. Mari and Garrett have served as artists in residence at Michigan State University and Lake George Music Festival, and currently are Faculty at the Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest.

 The name "arx duo" comes from the artists’ desire to forge new connections and artistic pathways or "arcs" within the genre, expanding the opportunities for their music to reach new audiences.

Mari and Garrett both proudly endorse Adams Instruments, Pearl Drums, Evans Drumheads, and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.

As a performer, pedagogue, clinician, and researcher, Elizabeth DeLamater is committed to bringing the highest level of percussion and steelpan performance to students and audiences alike. Elizabeth teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the International Music Camp.

In demand as a guest artist and clinician, She was a guest artist at the 2018 Honduras Internacional Festival de Percussión, and will appear at the Northwest Percussion Festival in Spring 2019. Her recordings of Nicholaus Meyer’s new music for marimba will publish this spring.

Active as new music, classical, and popular ensemble performer Elizabeth has performed with Kaganu Percussion, Crossing 32nd Street, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, and Opera Project Columbus.

With over twenty years of experience teaching percussion and steelband, Elizabeth has taught at Youngstown State University, Baldwin Wallace University, Roosevelt University, and North Central College. Her published work can be found in the Instrumentalist, Percussive Notes, and Panpress. Elizabeth hosts and produces the Art Lives podcast.

Elizabeth has been fortunate to study and participate in many of the world’s percussion traditions. She performed at the 2000 Trinidad World Steelband Festival and the 2005 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama competition with Phase II Pan Groove. She studied Wolof and Malinke drumming in Senegal and The Gambia in 2010, and gyil, Ewe and Ga music in Ghana in 2016 at Dagara Music Center. Her numerous festival and conference appearances include multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conferences, including the world premiere of Jenny Olivia Johnson's "COMA: I was in Pink" in 2015 and a performance/clinic in 2017.

Elizabeth serves on the Percussive Arts Society Diversity Alliance and the PAS Health and Wellness Committee. She is a board member of the International Music Camp and a US advocate for Fundación Artes Educativas Coros Y Orquestas de Honduras.

Elizabeth received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University , her Master of Music Performance degree from The Florida State University, and her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Northern Illinois University.

Elizabeth is a member of the Black Swamp Educational Network, and a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, and Remo Drumheads.

Bill Sallak:

I've been a percussionist for almost 30 years, and I think my favorite thing about being one is that the percussionist's role in the Western tradition is to be on the front lines of engagement with the new and unfamiliar. (On the other hand, my favorite aspect of being a percussionist might be getting to hit things in a manner that's socially acceptable—and perhaps even welcome.)

To that end, I'm involved in a number of rewarding pursuits:

• I'm an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where I teach applied percussion, recording technology, and direct the Percussion Ensemble and Hand Drumming Ensemble.

• Before coming to Wisconsin, I held a position as Associate Professor of Dance at Kent State University, where I accompaned dance classes, trained interested students in the art of dance class accompaniment, and engaged in collaborative ventures with colleagues in dance, theatre, and music. Over the years at various institutions, I've also taught college courses in percussion, contemporary music, musicology, rock history, jazz history, world music, electronic music, audio engineering, music for dancers, and physics.

• I'm a member of the Akros Percussion Collective, which performs vital and important experimental music for percussion.

• I'm the composer and sound designer for Theatre Engine: Flashmob, an interactive theatre environment that uses technology and play to engage audiences.

• I'm a music technologist who works primarily with Ableton Live and Max/MSP, especially interested in production and performance with real-time processing.

• I'm also an audio engineer, primarily interested in classical recording techniques. I've worked at KBAQ-FM (Phoenix, AZ) and the Interlochen Center for the Arts; artists I've worked with include James Galway, Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, William Preucil, Sharon Isbin, Paul Winter, the Pacifica String Quartet, and conductors Gerard Schwarz, David Lockington, and Tim Russell.

• I have been recorded on and written liner notes for releases on Neuma, New World, and 11 West Records.

• I'm a member of the Percussive Arts Society, and serve on its New Music/Research Committee.

• I'm an independent scholar and artist, currently engaged with phenomenologies of performative silence, the music of Stuart Saunders Smith, Bach performance at the marimba, marimba mallet design, and composing the occasional solo or chamber piece.

• I'm proud to hold degrees from SUNY-Fredonia (BM, BS), The University of Akron (MM), and Arizona State University (DMA).

• My down time largely revolves around reading, cooking, chess, watching hockey, petting the cats, and brewing coffee in increasingly exotic ways.

• I endorse Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drum heads and percussion products, Cympads, and Drumdots, and am a member of the Black Swamp Education Network.