Aspiring to expand the genre of percussion chamber music through performing and creative collaboration, arx duo has been blazing a trail in the realm of contemporary music since their inception at the Yale School of Music in 2013. In these short years, the duo has performed and given educational clinics across three continents.
Through combining their different personas and experiences, Mari and Garrett showcase similar movements and unique musical communication that creates a oneness with an energy that fills any venue. The name "arx duo" comes from their desire to forge new connections and artistic pathways - or "arcs"- within the genre, expanding the opportunities for bringing their music to audiences.
With a repertoire ranging from established masters to today’s newest compositional voices, arx duo has worked closely with composers such as Alejandro Vinao, James Wood, and Gaudeamus Prize winner Ted Hearne. Always seeking opportunities to bring percussion to a wide variety of audiences, the group has given concerts, outreach performances, and master classes at universities and conservatories in Japan and the United States.
Born from the legendary chamber music studio, YPG (Yale Percussion Group) directed by Robert Van Sice, Mari and Garrett found their magical collaborative sound together in 2012 as students at Yale School of Music. They are currently the ensemble in residence at Michigan State University as guest teaching artists, and percussion department coordinator/faculty members at the Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest.
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Mari was born in Kagoshima, Japan. Immersed in music from an early age, she began studying piano at age three, marimba at five, euphonium at ten, cello at eleven and percussion at twelve. She holds a diploma in comparative culture from the Minami Academy iBS Language School in Kagoshima, after which she received a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. She currently resides in Kansas City, MO with her husband, violinist Noah Geller, and their dog "Monkey".
A Native of Michigan, Garrett studied at Michigan State University, Peabody Conservatory, and Yale School of Music. He holds an adjunct position as Marimba teacher at Cleveland State University. As a recent alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, he performed regularly at Carnegie Hall and worked as a teaching artist at schools in the New York City district and other East coast areas. Garrett currently resides in Baltimore, MD where he works as a Studio Assistant for Robert van Sice at Peabody Conservatory.