Chris Graham is a freelance percussionist living and working in the Tri-State area. He has performed with a variety of groups at Columbia University, Princeton University, Queens College, William Paterson, Tenri Cultural Center, Issue Project Room, The Knitting Factory, New York Fringe Festival, Pasic, Symphony Space, and Carnegie Hall. He has worked and performed with notable groups such as Newband, Talujon Percussion Quartet, and Mantra Percussion Group and is a co-founding member of the Iktus Percussion Quartet. Previous teachers include Raymond DesRoches, Dr. Dominic Donato, Tom Kolor, Joseph Pereira, and Eduardo Leandro.
Justin Wolf is a percussionist and teacher currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He holds degrees from William Paterson University, SUNY Purchase College, and CUNY Queens College. As a member of Iktus since 2007, Justin has helped commission and premiere over 50 new works for percussion, and has performed at venues and festivals such as Symphony Space, Galapagos Arts Space, Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, Ecstatic Music Festival, and the Bang on a A Can Marathon. Justin has performed as a member of the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, and freelances with various orchestras, and chamber ensembles in the tri-state area. He currently works as a middle school music teacher in Queens where he teaches band and general music. Additionally, Justin has participated in the Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival and a summer tabla workshop with Pandit Sharda Sahai. Justin has recorded on Atma Classique and LockStep Records labels .
Cory Bracken is a percussionist and program coordinator dedicated to exploring the possibilities of experimental and avant-garde music in American culture. He has studied contemporary music with some of the finest percussionists in the metropolitan area, including Dr. Dominic Donato, Tomas Kolor, Frank Cassara, and Matthew Ward, as well as pianist Ursula Oppens and vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker. Currently residing in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, he is attending CUNY Brooklyn College with a Presidential Scholarship, having received the "Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Music Performance" in 2010, the Robert Starer Award for performing works of living composers in 2011, and the distinguished Brooklyn College Alumni Association award for outstanding contributions to the music community.
As a performer, Cory is the founder and percussionist of the BACK Voice + Percussion Duo with vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, an active member of the Iktus Percussion Quartet, and has appeared with such groups as the Electric Eel Multimedia Ensemble, One World Symphony, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Symphony.
As a program coordinator, he is the founder and artistic director of the Stellar Frequencies concert series, dedicated to presenting staple repertoire and newly commissioned works of avant-garde music in non-classical music settings, founder and executive director of Performers Forum, a monthly event hosted at Exapno in Brooklyn, and advisor to The Sweat Lodge, a composer consortium featuring Dave Ruder, Joe White, Ian Munro, and Ellen O'Meara.
Cory has coordinated, programmed and performed in shows and concerts all over New York, including Symphony Space, the Stone, Issue Project Room, Pianos, the Tank, Death By Audio, Zebulon Cafe, Northeast Kingdom, 1012 Willoughby, and the Thalia Cafe at Symphony Space. He recently performed works by Iannis Xenakis, Philippe Hurel, and James Tenney in concerts at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory in June 2011.
Josh Perry is a percussionist currently based in New York. Josh’s main artistic interests lay in contemporary music and performing arts, with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary mediums. He has premiered multiple new works for percussion and mixed ensemble and has been heard at venues including Issue Project Room, Galapagos Art Space, Trinity Church, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Roulette, and Merkin Hall. With interests in interdisciplinary art collaborations, Josh has performed with a variety of artists including a movement specialist, dancers, videographers, dramaturges, actors, and playwrights. He has performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon and the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordao in Brazil. Josh performs with Iktus Percussion, a collective-based new music group based in NYC. With Iktus, Josh has performed and given workshops at Suffolk Community College, Stony Brook University pre-college program, Western Michigan University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, CUNY-Queens College, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, and Oberlin College. Josh earned his Bachelors of Music from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst under the instruction of Ayano Kataoka and Thomas Hannum. Josh received his Masters of Music and is currently working on his DMA at SUNY Stony Brook where he studies with Eduardo Leandro.
Percussionist Piero Guimaraes stands at the forefront of a new generation of international performers who specialize in orchestral and contemporary music. A native of Brazil, Guimaraes presented the Brazilian premiere of several pivotal works by influential composers including Iannis Xenakis, Steve Reich and Peter Eotvos. Guimaraes concertizes extensively, having made his mark in halls across the United States, Brazil, Austria, Germany, Spain, and Holland. A versatile player, Guimaraes is a frequent participant in orchestral and contemporary music festivals including The World Orchestra, International Ensemble Modern Academy, Pommersfelden Summer Akademy and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has collaborated extensively with living composers, working with John Luther Adams, Heinz Holliger, and Kaija Saariaho to name only a few. Additionally, Guimaraes has performed under the baton of many world-renowned conductors including Maestro Kurt Mazur. Guimaraes earned his bachelor's degree from Sao Paulo State University in Brazil and his master's degree from SUNY Stony Brook in New York. He is presently a doctoral candidate in percussion performance under the instruction of Eduardo Leandro.
Around the New York contemporary music community, Guimaraes has performed at venues such as Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and Roulette. In addition to his solo career, Guimaraes serves as a core member of the Iktus Percussion ensemble. Guimaraes and Iktus delivered both world premieres and presented master classes in the elite music departments of Queens College, Oberlin Conservatory, Michigan State University. the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. As a member of the duo What Where with French pianist Julia Den Boer, he was jointly awarded a prize winner in the coveted Ackerman Chamber Music Competition.