arx duo

You remember them from their world premiere of Atlas by composer Nick DiBerardino in our 2019-20 season. This season, percussionist duo Garrett Arney and Mari Yoshinaga are back with a program of new music for marimba and vibraphone by composers Robert Honstein, Angelique Poteat, and Ian Gottlieb. These compositions are harmony-driven, pleasing to listen to, and exciting to watch!

About arx duo

arx duo is dedicated to the expansion of the percussion chamber music repertoire through the creation and presentation of new works, the educating and inspiring of young artists, and   exciting performances inviting audiences to engage with new works and artists from all over the world. 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 life for communities everywhere.

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic, the duo had given their Royal Albert Hall Debut in London with British Composer of the Year (2018) Dominic Murcott’s “Harmonic Canon”. They were also scheduled to have their Carnegie Hall Debut in April of 2020. Through the Pandemic, the group has continued to commission and workshop new pieces with composers, and engage with students and audiences across the globe. Honing their recording skills, they have released numerous videos and full online concerts, and are preparing to release their first album in the spring of 2022, through a residency with Jack Straw Artists in Seattle.

With a repertoire ranging from established masters to today’s newest compositional voices, arx duo has worked closely with composers such as Jonathan Bailey Holland, Ted Hearne, Steven Mackey, Juri Seo, and many more. They have worked with a performed with renowned chamber ensembles such as the Dover String Quartet, Aeolus String Quartet, Bergamot String Quartet, Amy Yang, Henry Kramer, The Percussion Collective – Robert van Sice, among many others.

As educators, arx duo has held guest positions at Peabody Conservatory, Michigan State University, and are currently faculty at Curtis Institute of Music Young Artist Summer Program. They’ve also given masterclasses to young musicians on three continents, including many locations in the states. Mari and Garrett have also given residencies (both in person and virtual) for the composition departments of Princeton, Boston Conservatory, and more in the coming seasons.

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, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.

About Garrett

Garrett’s richness of sound identifies his sincereness and intellectual curiosity in his performance.  His passion in developing the genre of percussion music has inspired many composers and musicians through creative collaboration and workshops. Garrett, as a Co-Founder of the group “arx duo”, has worked with many composers including Steven Mackey, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Robert Honstein, and many more to bring new works to life.

As a past member of Ensemble Connect, Garrett performed the Carnegie Hall premiere of Steven Mackey’s “Micro-Concerto”,  as well as many other performances throughout New York City. He also served as a teaching artist for schools and community centers throughout the Five Boroughs. In addition, Garrett has held guest faculty positions at Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, Michigan State University, and Cleveland State University.

Primarily a chamber musician, Garrett travels around the country and on multiple continents performing with his duo partner, Mari Yoshinaga. They have premiered several works together for percussion duo, as well as many collaborative works with string quartets, pianists, and wind bands. Notable upcoming projects include a concerto from Jonathan Bailey Holland, a large scale 75 minute work from Steven Mackey for arx duo and the Dover String Quartet, and his percussion duo’s first album to debut next spring.

A native of Michigan, he studied at Michigan State University, Peabody Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Robert Van Sice, now working full time in Seattle as Co-Artistic Director of his 501(c)3 non profit, Arx Music Association, with a primary mission of creating and presenting new works through his duo.

About Mari

Percussionist Mari Yoshinaga performs actively as a member of arx duo, a contemporary music ensemble she formed with percussionist Garrett Arney. Their recent performances together include Dominic Murcott’s The Harmonic Canon at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, as well as performances and master classes across the country.

arx duo is in residence at the Artosphere Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and they’ve served on the faculty of the Young Artist Summer Program at the Curtis Institute of Music. They both are also members of The Percussion Collective, a collective percussion alumni of Yale School of Music directed by Robert van Sice.  Recent performances with them include the concerto version of Seaborne by Garth Neustadter with Louisville Orchestra and a percussion quartet concerto, Drum Circles by Christopher Theofanidis with Curtis Orchestra.

Mari has had the privilege of working with a number of composers on new works. arx duo has commissioned Ted Hearne’s In Thrall, a double percussion concerto with a wind band, James Wood’s Kalavinka Duos, and two works for a string quartet and a percussion duo by Michael Laurello and Jonathan B Holland.

In the 2020-21 season, she is involved in commissioning works by Angie Chan Ramirez, Paul Chihara, Ian Gottlieb, Robert Honstein, Steven Mackey, and Boston Conservatory Composition Department.

Mari’s recording work includes Partita: Suite for Guitar and Percussion by Paul Lansky with guitarist David Starobin (Bridge Records), Cloud Polyphonies by James Wood (NMC Recordings), and The Harmonic Canon by Dominic Murcott (Nonclassical).

Mari was born in Kagoshima, Japan. Immersed in music from an early age, she began studying piano at age three, marimba at age five, euphonium at ten, cello at eleven, and percussion at twelve. She moved to the United States when she was twenty years old to attend The Curtis Institute of Music where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and later she earned her master’s degree at Yale School of Music. With gratitude, she proudly endorses Adams instruments, Evans drumheads, Pearl drums, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals. Mari currently resides in Seattle, WA with her husband, Noah Geller, a violinist with their lovely dog, Monkey.

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