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.
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.
Performer, composer, and educator Sean Statser (b. 1983) has been called "Lithe, muscular, and mesmerizing" by the New York Times. As an advocate for new music, Sean actively collaborates with several New York City artists and ensembles including: the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble, Ensemble LPR, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Iktus Percussion, Syzygy New Music, Blind Ear Music, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, and is a founding member of NoiseBox. He has premiered over 50 works to date by composers Jason Treuting, Timothy Andres, Caleb Burhans, Kati Agocs, Vivian Fung, Angelica Negron, John Luther Adams (NY Premiere) and Elliot Carter (NY Premiere), among others.
He has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and Queens Symphony Orchestra as a section percussionist, and has appeared at several venues around New York City including: Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, Fisher Center at Bard College, Galapagos Art Space, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Roulette. Sean has also appeared at the Alba Music Festival, In Tune Music Festival, Ecstatic Festival, three appearances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2007, 2008, 2010), and recently performed with Metropolis Ensemble as part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival, under the baton of Maestro Tan Dun.
Sean has recorded with a variety of artists, such as: jazz pianist Kenny Werner (No Beginning, No End - Winner of the 2010 Guggenheim Award), Metropolis Ensemble, Harold Farberman, and Cadillac Moon Ensemble. He has appeared on Naxos, Nonesuch, Orange Mountain Music, Innova Records, Half Note Records, Albany Records and New Dynamic Records. Also active as a composer and arranger, his compositions are available through Bachovich Music Publications. He received his M.M in Instrumental Performance from New York University and holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Fort Lewis College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. His teachers include Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar, Josh Quillen, and John Pennington. In 2010, Sean joined the Percussion Studies faculty at New York University. In addition, he serves as Coordinator for the NYU Steinhardt Broadway Percussion Seminar.