Performing Artists, Groups & Educators
Duo Sá de Percussão
The Duo Sá de Percussão is assembled by the siblings Pedro and Janaína Sá. Since 2004, they actively participate in the Brazilian chamber music scene and in distinguished international percussion events. In 2015, they performed as Artists in PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention), playing in the International Showcase Concert, in San Antonio, Texas (EUA), the largest and most prestigious percussion "event" in the world, and obtained renowed compliments from important percussion personalities, such as Ney Rosauro, Michael Udow, Stanley Leonard, Joe Locke, Thomas Akins and many others. Due to the presentation success in Texas, Percussive Arts Society invited them again for PASIC in 2016, in Indianapolis, where they gave a Clinic-Symphonic lecture about Percussion in Villa-Lobos. The Duo Sá also contributed by writing the article "Percussion Instruments Used by Villa-Lobos" for the periodical Percussive Notes, from Indianapolis, the most well regarded percussion magazine in the world.
Amongst many relevant artistic accomplishments from Duo Sá, they performed on the P.A.S. Day in Brazil (Percussive Arts Society/Brazil Chapter) in Unicamp, in International Percussion Festival in Tatuí, in International Percussion Festival in UFF in Niterói, in the Gala Concert from the 25th International Brazilian Colonial Music and Ancient Music Festival in Juiz de Fora, in the Interview/Recital for the program “Partituras” from TV-Brasil, in the Lecture/Concert in the 36th International Music Festival in Londrina and, recently, the Duo interpreted the emblematic Béla Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with the Duo Bretas-Kevorkian, at the Sala Cecília Meireles, Rio de Janeiro.
The Duo also commission works to composers, contributing in this manner to the constant development and expansion of the repertoire for this formation. The piece Eventvm V, from Fred Carrilho (awarded in the Contest of Classical Composition from Funarte - National Arts Foundation - in 2014), was comissioned by the Duo to the composer, which wrote it and dedicated it to the Duo. The siblings Sá performed the world premiere of this piece at the Contemporary Brazilian Music Biannual in 2015, in Rio de Janeiro. In 2017, Duo Sá made a world première of Hoodoos Images, comissioned by the duo to Michael Udow, who also write it and dedicated it to the Duo. The premiere was at the Música de Primeira chamber music Series, in Rio de Janeiro.
Duo Sá de Percussão is proudly an Artist/Endorser-Clinician from Encore Mallets, Inc., Adams Percussion, Black Swamp Percussion and Sabian Cymbals, using these musical instruments and mallets in all of their artistic, teaching and recording projects.
Tambuco Percussion Ensemble
With 20 years of international concerts and the recording of an original repertoire, Tambuco Percussion Ensemble has celebrated an acclaimed career, establishing itself among the finest percussion quartets today. Audiences throughout the world have enjoyed the musicianship of Tambuco in programs devoted exclusively to show a vast universe of percussion music.
Four time GRAMMY Nominees including Best Classical Album, Tambuco, was founded in 1993 by four distinguished Mexican musicians and is ranked among the finest and most innovative in the world. These four musicians refuse to be tied down to one style, with a repertoire ranging from structuralist percussion music to a wide range of ethnic drum music and avante garde sound interpretation. The one constant is their desire for perfection and unique, virtuoso performance.
The musicians of "Tambuco" use all conceivable and inconceivable means to realize their musical ideas. Tambuco has been awarded with many distinctions and prizes from cultural organizations in Mexico and abroad. Tambuco has offered concerts in five continents. They have performed in the USA (Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center), Tokyo (Ino Hall), London (Barbican Centre), Paris and Montpellier (Festival de Radio France), Germany (Berliner Festspiele),Australia (Quennsland Music Festival) plus concerts in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia Cuba, Colombia, Brasil, Uruguay, Argentina and Canada, as well as practically all of Mexico's concert halls.
One of Tambuco's most important activities is collaboration. As solo ensemble, Tambuco has performed and recorded with musicians, ensembles and orchestras such as Keiko Abe, Stewat Copeland, Eduardo Mata, Valerie Naranjo, Nanae Yoshimura, Kifu Mitsuhashi, Kronos Quartet, The Michael Nyman Band, Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier, Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato, , La Camerata, Orchestra de Catania and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, amongst many, many others. To date, Tambuco has recorded eight CDs. Its most recent album: Carlos Chavez Complete Chamber Music, received three GRAMMY nominations: Best Classical Album, Best Small Chamber Ensemble and Best Classical Latin Album. It's Album "Rítmicas", was selected by Audiophile Audition as one of the best CDs of the year . Tambuco recorded also with Kronos Quartet on their Grammy nominated album “Nuevo”.
JOINT VENTURE PERCUSSION DUO
Since Joint Venture Percussion Duo won the Bernard Haitink Prize during the 2011 edition of the Vriendenkrans Competition of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, they had the chance to be guests at some of the most prestigious concert halls, such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Luxembourg’s Philharmonie and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.
The collaboration between Rachel Xi Zhang (China) and Laurent Warnier (Luxembourg) has since then, reflected a blend of cultural and musical influences. Coming from vastly contrasting backgrounds, they found common ground through percussion, fusing ideologies to form the uniquely international duo that they are today.
They made their Double Concerto debut with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, following appearances with the Harbin Symphony Orchestra, the City of Southampton Orchestra (GB), the Musique Militaire Grand-Ducale (L) and the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra.
Besides, Rachel and Laurent were a featured duo at such diverse events as the Big Bang International Percussion Festival (NL), Zeltsman Marimba Festival (USA), the International Marimba Festival Tabasco (MX) and the International Percussion Festival of Luxembourg.
Their Debut recording Ravel - Dances and Fairytales which was released by the BIS label gained high critical acclaim, being called "A treat for audiophiles and percussion fanciers alike; a duo to watch". (Music Web) and “…(their) transcriptions … convey some incredibly tender and emotional moments." (Pizzicato Magazine)
The Duo constantly strives to contribute to the field of contemporary music, and to date have premiered new compositions written for them by composers from China, Luxembourg, U.S.A., Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Israel, Great Britain and Uzbekistan.
Rachel and Laurent are Marimba One marimba endorsers, currently based between Amsterdam (NL) and Luxembourg (LU).
Rachel Xi Zhang
As a soloist, half of " Joint Venture Percussion Duo " and the sextet " Looptail ”, she is actively performing on world-class stages home and abroad. Her duo and herself were awarded multiple renowned international rewards including but not limited to, from the Princess Christina Concours, the Vriendenkrans Concours and the Het Debuut Concours. She is also a recipient of a grant of the Bernard Haitink Fund and the Emerging Artists Grant by the St. Botolph Club Foundation. Their Debut recording Ravel - Dances and Fairytales which was released by the BIS label gained high critical acclaim, and has been nominated for the 2017 International Classical Music Awards.
She teaches marimba at Conservatorium van Amsterdam since 2015, she was invited as a performer and lecturer on various marimba festivals, such as the Percussion Festival of the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing, China; International Marimba Festival in Mexico; Zeltsman Marimba Festival in U.S.; Samobor Music Festival in Croatia.
During her performing tour to Netherlands on 2011, she joined the “Looptail”, a sextet chamber music ensemble, as percussionist. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in 2010, graduating with honors from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she studied with Jan Pustjens, Peter Prommel, Nick Woud, Victor Oskam, Gustavo Gimeno, Mark Braafhart, Arnold Marinissen and Lorenzo Ferrandiz. She continued her studies at Boston Conservatory under worldwide renowned marimba artist Nancy Zeltsman, where she received not only the masters degree but also the artist diploma. Rachel was born in Harbin, China on 1987. At the age of 3, she started learning piano and appeared on stage at age 6. After moving to Shenzhen with her family in 1996, she began studying marimba and piano under Song Yin and Wa Li. During her study in Shenzhen Arts School, she had attended various competitions and won prizes for her excellent performances on piano and marimba. Rachel endorses Marimba One marimbas, currently based in Amsterdam (NL).
Percussionist Laurent Warnier is best known as half of the Joint Venture Percussion Duo, in which he performs with Xi Zhang of China. Together they performed in the United States, Mexico, China and many European countries; at the Vriendenkrans Concours of the Concertgebouw in 2011, they were recipients of the prestigious Bernard Haitink Price and embarked on a series of concerts throughout the finest halls of The Netherlands, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The Duo has performed as concerto soloists with orchestras such as the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (CN), City of Southampton Orchestra (GB) and European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (L) and released their first album on the BIS label in 2016. Born in Luxembourg, Laurent Warnier is a active free lance musician in both The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Sine 2017, he is a professor of percussion at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg (L). He holds a bachelor degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (NL) and a Masters and Artist diploma from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee (USA) Laurent plays marimba one marimbas.
Michael J. Jones
Michael is a marimbist, percussionist, and music educator based in Dallas, TX. He is a Creative Co-director of Heartland Marimba and performing artist of the Heartland Marimba Quartet (HMQ), a dynamic ensemble focused on refined performances of contemporary works by American Composers. The inaugural HMQ tour took place in March 2017 with performances at venues throughout Iowa and Minnesota, with biannual tours to follow each spring and fall. Michael is currently a faculty member at the annual Marimba Madness Summer Percussion Camp in Richardson, Texas as well as the annual Heartland Marimba Festival and maintains a large studio of private students grades 6-12.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Music in percussion/music education from Southern Methodist University, Master of Music in percussion performance from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Graduate Performance Diploma in Marimba Performance at The Boston Conservatory. He also had the honor of studying in Japan for a summer with world-renowned marimba artist Keiko Abe and performing at Yamaha Hall and Toho Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo. Michael’s primary instructors include Keith Aleo, Doug Howard, Drew Lang, Kalman Cherry, Akie Takada, Brian Zator, and Nancy Zeltsman.
Recent notable performances include Keiko Abe’s Reflections on Japanese Children’s Songs III at the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), a recording and performance of David Dzubay’s Producing for a While with Dallas-based contemporary music ensemble “Voices of Change,” and regular concerts with the Dallas Wind Symphony. Previously, at the 2010 PASIC, Michael premiered Jonathan Ovalle’s "Epic Proportions" for marimba, drum set, and percussion ensemble with the Texas A&M University – Commerce Percussion Ensemble. Other solo and chamber appearances include performances at Humboldt State University, Colorado State University, University of Iowa, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo, and the Boston Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square. Michael is proudly endorsed by Encore Mallets, Beetle Percussion, and Marimba One.
Miss Alcaraz is an outstanding percussionist in the international field, both for her concert and didactic work, and for being part of the jury of the most prestigious international competitions.
Her extensive concert career has led her to perform in Spain, France, Italy, Finland, Belgium, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and the United States.
Alcaraz has performed as a soloist with the Cordoba Orchestra, Murcia Region Symphony Orchestra, Elche Symphony Orchestra, UNKO Finland, University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and percussion groups ESCLATS, KONTAKTE and OJA. She has a major teaching role with the Young National Orchestra of Spain, the Youth Orchestra of Andalusia and the Young Orchestra of Cordoba, as well as various training courses, specialization and high performance, in Spain and abroad.
Director of "ConUCOpercusión", international percussion competition in Córdoba. Percussion coordinator at the International Piano Festival "Guadalquivir Pianístico". She has been awared of St. Thomas de Aquino, recognition by the University of Cordoba for her cultural work in the city.
Representative of Spain in "Marimba2010" of the United States.1st Prize of the "Torneo Internazionale di Musica 2002" (Tarascon, France).
Renowned composers such as Juan de Dios García Aguilera, José Luis Turina, Leo Brouwer and Igmar Alderete Acosta, have dedicated different works to her.
Alcaraz has made several recordings for the National Radio of Spain and has recorded the "Concert for Marimba and Orchestra" by Igmar Alderete Acosta with Manuel Hernández Silva as conductor and the Cordoba Orchestra.
Since 1992, she is assistant of timpani and percussion of the Cordoba Orchestra. She is an artist endorser of the brands Roft Mallets, Encore Mallets, NP and REMO.
As a versatile percussionist, Dr. Joshua Haggerty has performed with orchestras, wind ensembles, and various other chamber ensembles. He has shared the stage with groups such as the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the Brazos Valley Orchestra. His performing appearances include multiple appearances at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the Ohio Music Educators Association Convention (OMEA), the Midwest Clinic, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). He has also performed on steel drums and percussion with the Bongodogs and SPI-Pan, on the beautiful South Padre Island.
Dr. Haggerty’s passion for teaching has been realized in the public school setting as well as at the university level. Before moving to Texas, he served as an adjunct percussion instructor at Youngstown State University and was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Illinois in both the percussion and band divisions. Currently, he maintains a studio at Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, Texas where he oversees all aspects of percussion. His duties include coaching percussion sections for the wind ensemble and symphonic bands, as well as directing percussion ensemble, drumline, and front ensemble. Prior to this appointment he served in the same capacity at A&M Consolidated HS in College Station, TX and at Rio Hondo ISD in Rio Hondo, TX. Having had the privilege to study with some of the best names in the field, Dr. Haggerty holds graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied percussion performance
with William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree, Summa cum Laude, from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University (OH), where he studied under Dr. Glenn Schaft, Ron Coulter, Rob Ferguson, and Janet Pemberton. Dr. Joshua Haggerty is a proud Encore Mallet endorser who currently resides near Houston, TX with his wife Michelle and their two kids Daniel and Adelle.
Dr. jacob garcia
Jacob joined the University of Texas at Arlington music faculty in the Fall of 2017. He received his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Houston, Master’s degree from The Boston Conservatory, did additional graduate studies at The New England Conservatory, and is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of North Texas. He has studied percussion under Christopher Deane, Will Hudgins, Nancy Zeltsman, Keith Aleo, Mark Ford, Ed Soph, Daniel Bauch, David Herbert, Jose Aponte, Dr. Blake Wilkins and Dr. Paul Bissell. He maintains an active performance schedule as the Principal Percussionist for The Texarkana Symphony, Section Percussionist with The Midland- Odessa Symphony and Chorale, and also plays with The Arkansas Symphony, The Las Colinas Symphony, The Abilene Philharmonic, and the Dallas Winds. He has worked with conductors such as Alan Silvestri, Mei Ann Chen, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Jerry Junkin, and Gustavo Dudamel. He has previously served as faculty at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, and Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Jacob is also a proponent for new music, performing as a founding member of The Texas New Music Ensemble based out of Houston, TX. He has publication credits with Albany Music Distribution with the University of Houston Moore’s School of Music Percussion Ensemble CD Not Here But There (2009) and GIA Records with the UNT Wind Symphony, Reconstructions and Voicings and several volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Jacob has authored also an article through the Percussive Arts Society publication, Percussive Notes, and he is endorsed by Encore Mallets Inc. as well as Grover Pro Percussion.
Stefan Griffin has been performing for audiences all over the world for the past 20 years as a percussionist, drummer and band leader. Stefan holds a BA in Music from Rowan University, where he was a student of Dean Witten and Jim Miller, studying both classical percussion and jazz drum set. Stefan was the winner of the 2006 Rowan University Orchestra Soloist Competition, culminating in his performance of Keiko Abe's "Prism Rhapsody for Marimba and Orchestra" with the Rowan University Orchestra and members of the world renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Upon graduation from Rowan University, Stefan enlisted into the United States Navy as an Active Duty Musician. He served from 2009 - 2015, and was stationed in Virginia, Rhode Island, Italy, and Illinois. He graduated from the Armed Forces School of music with honors and with an Instructor Qualification, and currently holds the highest performance score in history for drums and percussion. Stefan was Navy Band Northeast's "Blue-Jacket of the Year" in 2010, and was the band leader of "The Bluejackets" while stationed at Navy Band Great Lakes in Illinois, which has the distinction of being the first Navy Band to make the "trending" page on Twitter for their performance at the "Jazz on the Green Festival" in Omaha, NE for an audience of over 11,000. Other notable performances as a Navy musician were at the 2012 Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland, the 2010 NYC Fleet Week as a soloist in the Navy Band Northeast Big Band in Times Square for an audience of 13,000, and has performed in Azerbaijan, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cape Verde, France, Albania, and Greece.
Stefan Griffin maintains an active performance schedule alongside his studies as a freelance jazz drummer with many groups in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. He is a proud member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME). Stefan proudly endorses Encore Mallets, Inc. as an official Encore Artist.
When not performing, Stefan enjoys spending time with his wife April, his daughter Jodi, and his rescue dog Chloe. Stefan is currently training for the 2018 New York City Marathon, where he will be running on the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research's charity team, raising funds and awareness for Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Michael Lemish is in his 16th year as Assistant Director of Bands at Argyle ISD. His responsibilities include teaching high school, middle school and beginning percussion students as well as teaching and cleaning all aspects the marching bands visual program. Mr. Lemish graduated from Central Noble High School in Albion, Indiana in 1997. In the fall of that year he moved to Denton, TX where he began his collegiate career at the University of North Texas. While at UNT he performed in the UNT Drumline, the basketball band and was part of various percussion ensembles. His teachers included Dr. Robert Schietroma, Jeff Prosperie, Christopher Deane and Ed Soph. In the fall of 2001, Mr. Lemish was contracted to assist the starting of the the Argyle High School Marching Band. In the spring of 2002 he completed his student teaching assignment in Argyle and upon graduating joined the staff at his current position.
Under his direction, the Argyle Drumline has earned first place at the Plano Drumline competition in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 in addition to many "Best Percussion" awards at various marching competitions. Mr. Lemish has played a key role in the numerous awards that the Argyle High School Bands have been awarded including the 2003 and 2005 UIL Class AA State Marching Champions, 2005 TMEA Class C Honor Band, 2006 TMEA Class AA Honor Band, a performance at the 2007 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, 2008 TMEA Class AAA Honor Band and 2008, 2010 , 2012 and 2014 UIL Class AAA State Marching Champions.
Mr. Lemish is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands, and the Percussive Arts Society. He is an active percussion arranger, performer, adjudicator, and clinician throughout Texas. Michael resides in Denton, Tx with his wife Erin, daughters Morgan and Zoe, and son Cooper.