"Percussion, at its most elemental, involves striking an object with another object. As refined by arx duo, however, the art of hitting things becomes an intimate, poetic dance of tones and colors."
-Libby Hanssen, The Pitch
"arx duo is one of the most impressive ensembles I have seen in years! Their musicianship, intelligence and superb performance is nothing but astounding.
arx duo is not your average chamber experience."
-Stacie Haneline, Executive Director, Omaha Chamber Music Society
"Absolutely wonderful, graceful, and powerful. Apart from remarkable individual talents, arx duo connects in very special way. I hope they realize how rare that is."
-Alejandro Vinao, Composer
Aspiring to expand the genre of percussion chamber music, arx duo is dedicated to the creation and presentation of new works involving percussion, as well as the education of young artists striving to engage with audiences through the creation of new works. 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 audiences everywhere.
Early in 2018, arx duo premiered Dominic Murcott’s Harmonic Canon at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in UK. This summer, they will perform as the Ensemble in Residence at Artosphere Music Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They continually perform recitals and collaborative concerts throughout the US. As members of The Percussion Collective Robert van Sice, now in its opening season, they premiered Garth Neustadter’s Seaborne this year, and have presented concerts and master classes at multiple universities.
With a repertoire ranging from established masters to today’s newest compositional voices, arx duo has worked closely with composers such as Alejandro Viñao, James Wood, and Ted Hearne. Mari and Garrett have served as artists in residence at Michigan State University and Lake George Music Festival, and currently are Faculty at the Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest. Always seeking opportunities to bring percussion to new audiences, the group has given concerts, workshops, and master classes at universities and conservatories in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
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.
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