Amy Garapic — percussion
Though young in her career, percussionist Amy Garapic has quickly made a name for herself not only as an energetic performer of contemporary chamber and solo works, but also as an adventurous producer and collaborator of large percussion and community events. She currently serves as percussionist and co-executive director of the emerging new music powerhouse Contemporaneous, and is one-third of the percussion trio TIGUE. A lover of new music, she has been fortunate to perform alongside such visionaries as So Percussion, Ensemble Signal, NEXUS, Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, The Eastman Broadband, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. In the last four years, performances have taken her to the Perkumania Festival in Paris, France; the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico; The Al-Hussein Cultural Center in Amman, Jordan; and most recently to Chennai, India, performing with the Grammy and Academy award-winning composer and performer A.R. Rahman.
In addition to performing, Garapic has helped produce some of New York City’s most memorable outdoor percussion events alongside Doug Perkins through Make Music New York, including Persephassa on the Lake, Inuksuit in Morningside Park, and Make Music Winter’s Village in Volume of which she is the creator. She united over 100 vibraphonists from nine countries in a joint 18-hour live-streamed marathon relay of Erik Satie’s Vexations, referred to by Alex Ross as ". . . gentle, hypnotic, and a remarkable feat." Most recently, she served as director of Rhythm on Rikers, a ten week program of hand drumming lessons with inmates of Rikers Island Prison culminating in a final concert on June 21, 2013. Garapic was the first ever Percussion Teaching Fellow at the Bard College Conservatory, where she assisted So Percussion, and works as Production Manager for the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar and as Special Projects Coordinator for both Make Music New York and the Zeltsman Marimba Festival.