Meet the Musicians
(Photo by Lynn Lane)
Sarek Gutierrez (b.1990) is a percussionist and drum set artist currently performing professionally with 3G Percussion, a percussion trio co-founded with his brothers, Jacob and Zach. He also works as a freelance musician, having performed in Italy, Canada, and throughout the U.S. He has a true passion for performing jazz on both vibraphone and drum set outside of concert percussion as well.
Sarek is also the Director of Development at Space City Performing Arts, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization based in Houston, Texas. SCPA aims to promote percussion music performances to Houstonians,
He is currently finishing his Master of Music degree at Western University studying percussion performance with Dr. Jill Ball through a generous academic scholarship. Prior to coming to Western, Sarek studied abroad in Italy at the University of Urbino in Urbino, PU, Italy working with Jazz vibraphone artist, Marco Pacassoni. Sarek received his BM in music education and prestigious Performer's Certificate at the University of Texas at San Antonio, studying with Dr. Graeme Francis and Sherry Rubins.
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Percussionist, educator, and administrative leader Jacob Gutierrez is crafting a career model of a true 21st-century musician. With experience ranging from his touring percussion trio to performances at the Kennedy Center, Gutierrez is charting a career path of entrepreneurialism in tandem with award-winning musicianship.
Gutierrez is most known for his work in cultivating the percussion repertoire, creating evocative concert experiences that both entertain and educate. To this end, he and his two brothers co-founded 3G Percussion, a percussion trio that has toured in Texas and across Canada, and has been featured on multiple Texas radio and press outlets. 3G was also the anointed Guest Ensemble at the 2018 Space City New Music Festival, where he gave the world premiere of Marcus Maroney’s “Escape,” in addition to sixteen other works by composers from around the United States, Mexico, and Germany.
Outside 3G, Gutierrez remains active in soliciting new music—he is a member of several consortiums to commission new works. His career includes performances of percussion’s most celebrated works, including Kaija Saariaho’s “Six Japanese Gardens”, Joseph Schwantner’s “Velocities”, and Alejandro Vinao’s “Book of Grooves”.
Looking to make as deep an impact as possible for the artistic community, Mr. Gutierrez also serves as Artistic Director of Space City Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as an educational resource for emerging artists. Now based in Baltimore, Gutierrez is pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute under renowned percussionist Robert Van Sice. Gutierrez holds a Bachelor of Music diploma in Education and Performance from the University of Houston, and a Master of Music diploma from Peabody.
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Zach Gutierrez is a percussionist, educator, and curator with an imaginative mind in the arts. As a performing musician his performances have been admired for his sincerity, touch, agility and musical imagination.
Over the past several years, Zach has participated in events with the Peabody Percussion Group, Alarm Will Sound, MUSIQA, The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Ensemble Atlantica, Transitory Sound and Movement Collective, 3G Percussion, So Percussion, Now Hear This and has had appearances at The Kennedy Center, The Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, Western University, Lone Star College Contemporary Music Festival, and the Space City New Music Festival.
In 2013, Zach co-founded 3G Percussion with his brothers Sarek Gutierrez and Jacob Gutierrez. The group's performances have featured percussion chamber music by composers such as Alejandro Viñao, Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Robert Honstein, James Romig, and more. 3G Percussion has performed primarily in Texas and internationally in Canadian cities such as Montreal, Toronto and London. While in Canada, 3G Percussion united with the Canadian mixed ensemble, Ensemble Atlantica to tour a new work for mixed chamber ensemble, Toc Toc Toc. Back in Texas, 3G Percussion has been featured on the Houston Public Media Radio Station, the San Antonio Current, and "Live & Local" on KRTU 91.7FM. In 2017, 3G Percussion collaborated with Transitory Sound and Movement Collective to present an hour long performance titled Freaks, Geeks, Beats, and Feet’s or Feats which featured Lynn Lane, sound and multimedia artist; Danielle Georgiou, Dallas dance artist; Ron Kiley, New York City film artist; and 3G Percussion.
Zach’s diverse career has led him into various musical activities including being Executive Director of Space City Performing Arts and a co-founder of the Space City New Music Festival (SCNMF), a vibrant international music festival designed to realize modern compositions. SCNMF has brought in participants from countries such as Mexico, Germany, Canada, and the across the United States. In 2018, SCNMF generated and premiered 17 newly composed works that were performed by festival participants and guest artists 3G Percussion, and Crystal Chu. In 2019, the Space City New Music Festival will feature guest artist Cameron Leach, Hub New Music, Daryl Robinson, and Guest composer Shih-Hui Chen.
In 2019, Zach performed in the U.S. premiere of Where We Lost Our Shadows, a piece for orchestra, video, and soloists Shanya Dunkelman, Ali Setha, and Helga Davis. This event was part of The Human Journey, a collaboration between the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art. Where We Lost Our Shadows recognized and depicted the timeless struggle of human migration and its many effects, while celebrating the resilient human spirit that instigates and survives it. Incorporating Qawwali raga and texts by Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, it is the creation of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun and Palestinian videographer Khaled Jarrar. This work was Co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center with Carnegie Hall, the American Composers Orchestra, London’s Southbank Centre, and Cal Performances.
Zach Gutierrez completed his undergraduate studies in 2016 at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and is a licensed K-12 music teacher. In 2018, he completed his Master of Music degree from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where he studied with percussion pedagogue, Robert van Sice. In 2019, he will pursue a Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut as a Havemeyer Scholarship recipient.