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  • Chamber Music Pop-Up Show

    Join us for our exciting Chamber Music Pop-Up Show at the Brick at Blue Star Gallery in San Antonio, Texas! The evening will feature performances from 3G Percussion and the Peterson/Hayes Duo. 

    General Admission (Online & at the door) $10.00

    * Cash accepted at the door. Credit Cards accepted at the door (through Square device)

    About 3G Percussion

    3G Percussion is a percussion ensemble based out of Houston, Texas led by Jacob Gutierrez, Sarek Gutierrez, and Zach Gutierrez. The group is dedicated to performing modern percussion music and exploring new avenues for percussion.

    www.3gpercussion.com

    About Peterson/Hayes Duo

    The Peterson/Hayes Duo, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that exists to commission and promote flute and percussion chamber music through quality performance and educational experiences. Since their start in 2010, Kristin Hayes (flute) and Eric Peterson (percussion) have been committed to performing contemporary works that are diverse and innovative, while also being accessible to a variety of audiences. 

    http://www.phduo.org

  • An Afternoon of Percussion: 3G Percussion & The Lamarche-Kitai Duo

    Our trip to Canada has been amazing! The facilities at the University of Western are top notch and we have had plenty of time to work up our program for our upcoming shows. 

    On Thursday, March 16th, we will be performing Rain Tree by Toru Takemitsu and Amores by John Cage, on Sarek's Master's recital. We managed to learn our parts away from each other and put these works together successfully. Thanks to Dr. Jill Ball for coaching us on these works the past couple of days!

    This Sunday, March 19th we will be performing a combined concert with the Lamarche Kitai Duo in Toronto, ON at the beautiful Array Space. The program will include Rain Tree by Toru Takemitsu (which we already worked up for Sarek's recital), The Frame Problem by James Romig (which has been a favorite multi-percussion piece of ours), and 60 Frames by Quinn Collins (which is a new piece for us and was composed FOR the 2016 So Percussion Summer Institute). 

    A brief description and program from The Lamarche-Kitai Duo:
    The Lamarche-Kitai Duo (Austin Lamarche and Stefan Kitai) is a newly formed GTA-based percussion ensemble. They are eager to further explore the contemporary world of percussion and hope to promote the works of Canadian composers.

    Lamarche Kitai Duo Program: 
    Toccata by Anders Koppel
    Passcaglia by Anna Ignatowicz
    Book of Grooves: Dance Groove Drifting by Alejandro Vinao
    We're excited to be sharing the stage with this duo at Array Space! Media to come soon.
    An Afternoon of Percussion: 3G Percussion & The Lamarche-Kitai Duo (FB Event Link)
  • 2017

    2017 is upon us and we couldn't be more excited! 3G will be performing on Sarek's Master's recital in March in London, Canada! Throughout the winter holidays we will be working on Toru Takemitsu's Rain Tree, and John Cage's Amores. 

    Follow us on Instagram at 3g_percussion 

  • Houston Loft Concert (hosted by Lynn Lane) featuring 3G Percussion

    Our good friend Lynn Lane, one of Houston's finest photographers and artist, invited 3G Percussion to perform for his monthly new music loft concert series. Lynn is heavily involved with the Houston arts scene and is involved with organizations such as Texas New Music Ensemble & Houston Grand Opera. We're thankful that Lynn wanted us to perform for his guests in the confort of his own home studio. The space was beautiful and intimate -- perfect for hearing all of the sublte nuances in our music.

    The setlist for the evening was:

    Recyclable by Mark Buller

    Shakr Hymnn by John Paddie

    Color Drops by Jacob Gutierrez

    Three-Block Groove by Joshua Zinn

    60 Frames by Quinn Collins

    Lynn wanted us to perform a similar program to our Gray Contemporary show in the summer. One of the biggest obstacles was finding a player to substitute for Sarek while he is studying in Canada. Luckily, our good friend Danielle Chan, who we went to college with at the University of Houston, was in the area and had the available time to dedicate herself to performing with us. We're thankful for Danielle investing her time and energy to perform awesome percussion music with us. 

    One of the new pieces that we performed was 60 Frames by Quinn Collins -- which was premiered at the So Percussion Summer Institute. Danielle was actually at this summer festival with us and worked with Quinn to develop the piece. So it was great working with her and hearing Quinn's thoughts about the piece and putting it together. We're looking ot have a few more shows with her later this semester. Stay tuned. 

  • 3G Percussion Concert

    3G Percussion Concert

    Greetings!

    It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce our 3G Percussion Summer Concert. We invite you to join us for an exhilarating, dramatic, and thrilling experience of modern percussion music at one of Houston's newest contemporary art museums—Gray Contemporary.

    The evening will feature works by John Cage, Joseph Tompkins, James Romig, and four world premieres by composers Mark Buller, Joshua Zinn, John Paddie, and Mathew Campbell. 

    CONCERT DATES 
    - Friday, July 1st at 7:30
    - Saturday, July 2nd at 7:30 

    Tickets: Online = $8 | At the door = $10

    Buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3g-percussion-concert-tickets-25625249812

  • Student Percussion Recital

    This month has been very exciting for us. We hosted our first ever Student Percussion Recital. This recital consisted of solo marimba pieces, concert snare drum pieces, and marching snare drum pieces. Everyone really enjoyed the event and the students were very excited for this opportunity to perform for their friends and family. One of our goals for 3G is to continue to provide new experiences for our students. After the recital, It was such a pleasure to talk with many of the parents and friends about their point of view on this recital. Many of them were so thrilled to have experienced their child thriving in a solo performance. We hope to continue hosting more recitals and unite more people from around the community through music. 

    Here are some photos from the recital:

  • The Nook Cafe

    We had another great night of percussion music at The Nook Café several weeks ago. Things have been quite busy lately…. but we try to find time to write these blogs and reflect on our experiences.   

    The night turned out better than we expected! It was much better for us to play outside on the patio this time around since we had more people involved in our set. (Last time we performed inside the venue in a small, tight corner… People were tripping over chords, instruments, cymbal stands…. it was a nightmare.) Not to mention, the turnout was great—we took more initiative in promoting the event. Although, we’ve learned that about a quarter of the people that say they are coming to an event on Facebook actually show up to events… that’s something to keep in mind for the future.

    Huge thanks to the current members of the Moores School Percussion Studio for joining our set to perform Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood—fantastic performance.

    Our set included pieces that we composed about a month prior to this show. This was a chance for us to get a reading of the piece and make any necessary edits before establishing it into our repertoire. This show we were able to perform Ring/Lead for two percussionists by Natalie Dietterich—current Yale composer—whose piece was premiered at the So Percussion Summer Institute last summer. We’ve been trying to play this piece for a while now but we were running into a few logistical problems. Fortunately, things worked out this time around and we hope to keep this one in our repertoire. 

     We took a new approach in promoting 3G Percussion—and the public’s eye of percussion music—and decided to host a community drum circle. We figured, after our set why not bring people together and just drum the night away…? Most people can relate to this medium. This was a great opportunity for us to meet new people and for non-musicians to have a fun musical experience. We hope to have this drum circle for future performances at the Nook Café.

     

  • TMEA 2016

    We would like to take a moment to share with you what we have been up to since the start of 2016. Since our performance at Super Happy Funland, Sarek has taken off to study in Italy, which means that it has been 2G since late January. We are very excited for him to be learning so much in Italy! In early February, we attended TMEA 2016. It is always a pleasure to reconnect with old friends, meet new people and to learn about the exciting things that are happening in Texas!  This year at TMEA, we took it upon ourselves to host a Composer & Performer Meet and Greet. This turned out to be a great event where we were able to reconnect with friends and meet a few composers from around Houston and Brownsville.

    (Left to Right: Jacob Gutierrez, John Paddie, Matthew Campbell, Zach Gutierrez)

    Since December, we have been in communication with four other composers from Houston to write pieces for us which will be performed in the summer of 2016. We hope to release the event date by April 1, and we hope you can join us! 

    And of course, we also had a wonderful time reconnecting with our past teachers and friends who are very close to us but do not get to see as often anymore. Here are some more pictures of us at TMEA 2016:

    (Left to Right: Zach Gutierrez, Chris Kimball, Jacob Gutierrez)

    (Left to Right: Zach Gutierrez, Mr. Rory Davis, Jacob Gutierrez)
  • Super Happy Fun Land

    3G Percussion will be performing at Super Happy Fun Land in downtown Houston on January 8th at 9pm. The program includes new music for the ensemble, improvisation, and other works for percussion.

    Link to event:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1114370408588063/

    It's surely been a healthy experience for us to create a program that doesn't involve typical concert instruments such as marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, timpani, etc. Acquiring these large, expensive instruments takes time and the right resources. Are we going to wait to perform as a group until we get these instruments..? No. What kind of percussion repertoire can we play...? Well, how about compositions that require a less expensive and more portable insturmentation? 

    The Super Happy Fun Land show is just the beginning of our exploration for portable percussion pieces. We are currently in the process of commissioning new works for 3G Percussion that meet this criteria.

    We believe that percussionists can put on a top notch performance without marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, etc. Possibly, even more engaging and exciting performances.

    Below are links to a few great pieces that utilize a more portable instrumentation. 

    Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine by Viet Cuong
    Music For Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich
    Life is (Blank) by Jason Treuting
    Musique de Table by Thierry de Mey
    ?Corporal by Vinko Globokar
    Living Room Music III. Melody by John Cage
    Tlön by Mark Applebaum
    Aphasia by Mark Applebaum (a trio piece like this would be neat!)

  • Bullet Proof Musician

    Wow! This is a great resource for musicians. Noa Kageyama (Julliard Faculty) has created an outstanding website to help musicians in their careers. His blog posts are highly recommended for teachers, as they will be a helpful guide when dealing with students struggling to improve on their instrument performance. 

    Check it out! 

    http://www.bulletproofmusician.com

  • Student Teaching

    All music educators must go through the final test of becoming a real teacher known as student teaching. As a young percussionist, I feel there are some things you, the reader, should know about how to have a fun and positive student teaching experience.

    1. Know your role. So many of us in the percussion world have been fortunate enough to work with marching bands during the fall and get them to perform beautifully by the seasons end. When I was student teaching during marching season it really helped me to establish a positive and non-threatening relationship with the existing percussion director. Many of us have had experience with Drum Corps, and offering that information can be beneficial but not everyone works the way you do. The most important thing is to always remember that you are a visitor to the program and always consult with the directors on ideas you may have that way you are not going behind each others backs on approach, technique, or music changes. Address concerns, but also know when to let things go.

    2. Be flexible. Even though I am a percussionist, I dove right in to teaching a majority of the woodwind, brass, colorguard, and visual block sectionals. Since student teaching is a time to work with every group and develop band directing skills, take advantage of every opportunity presented. The key to making this part successful is proper planning, reviewing of instrument pedagogy, and remaining professional during on-the-spot teaching moments. Having a plan for every day is essential to making this a smooth process, even if you think you won't teach a certain class that day, always have a plan in case the copperating teacher is sick or has somewhere to be during that class. 

    3. Be thankful. These cooperating teachers are taking on the responsibility of your experience at not much benefit to them. At the end of your short time together, think about what they gave up to have you there and SHOW THANKS for their sacrafices. Do you think you stumbling through teaching a woodwind sectional your first time really helped them progress as a program? Probably not, so its always a great idea to show thanks in some way, shape, or form. I gave a few gift cards out to the directors at their favorite restaurants as a small token of thanks and in return they offered me awesome letters of recommendations when It came time to ask for them. Karama is a real thing and it can help when you least expect it. 

    4. Go above and beyond. No one wants to be the last one to leave the band hall on a late school night and be back the next day bright and early. Since you as the student teacher are not there full-time like the directors are, offer to stay as late as necessary to get the job done whatever it may be. There were times I set up the band hall after school and let the directors go home early just to show them that I really cared about the program, and them as people. They have families too and practicallly live at the band hall. Show some initiative and thanks for all that they do by making their lives a little easier. It makes you look good in the process too and shows the directors that they can trust you to get the job done when the going gets tough. 

    5. Have fun. Remember why you wanted to become a director in the first place. Was it because of your inspiring lesson teacher?, your funny mentor director? life-long friends in band? whatever the reason, I am glad you are reading this and care enough to think about these things. The best part about teaching is how you can inspire young people to become better adults. Enough said.

    College is done and I am looking forward to the next chapter in life with graduate school.

    Take care.

    SG

  • PASIC 2015 in San Antonio, TX

     

    PASIC is the most wonderful time of the year. Reuniting with old friends and making new ones! That’s what it’s all about…

     This year we were able to make our rounds as 3G Percussion and connect with artists, composers, and product companies. Every year we’re just constantly baffled and reminded how amazing it is to be a percussionist during this time. The creativity and innovations in our field are keeping the percussion spirit well and alive!

    Here is a quick recap and big name groups that sparked our interest this year! 

    There were a lot of great performances this year for chamber music. We were able to see the international group, TorQ Percussion, from Toronto, Canada. They performed all works for percussion quartet. These guys are great musicians and we encourage everyone to check them out!

    The NanaFormosa duo from Taiwan was outstanding! These ladies play with such a virtuosic style and are just incredible marimba players. The Bach performance was dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Paris tragedy, and was absolutely breathtaking.

    New Morse Code featuring Mike Competello (percussion) & Hannah Collins  (cello) performed an outstanding concert in the Lila Cockrell Theater. In many ways, combining percussion and any other wind or string instrument can be difficult. We as percussionists tend to stay away from wind and string players because they always push and pull tempo and we ask ourselves, “why can’t they just play in time?” Well, it’s not always about playing things in time. There is a lot to learn from our fellow wind and string friends. (next blog topic!)

    Of course, Gene Koshinski gave a fantastic presentation on the art of two mallets on marimba. For those that don’t know, Gene recently published a book called “Two” in 2014, which consists of two mallet solos on marimba that highlight the hidden potential in two mallet playing. Gene is a fantastic marimbist, and composer for percussion.

    We were glad to have attended PASIC 2015 in San Antonio and cannot wait till next year. Perhaps in the near future we will register to present a clinic of our own! There are lots of things cooking in the kitchen for 3G Percussion (already within this next year) and we’ve never been so excited!

  • Percussion. Community.

    Last night was a very exciting time for us as we played some great music at a local coffee shop on campus at the University of Houston. We have been wanting to get out of the practice rooms, and concert halls for such a long time, and finally... we succeeded. We realized that we as music students often get trapped in the settings of our music building, performance venues, and practice rooms. There are pros and cons to this. Yes...students need to be engaged in concerts at the university and supporting their colleagues. Yes.. students need to be soaking in as much information as possible in the academic environment. However, we think more music students in school should reach out to perform in other venues outside of the concert hall. I call this the education outside of my education. Learning how to manage yourself in a real world gig is very important. Performing for people that are not your colleagues is also very important, because they might notice things that your friends don't see right away. I think it is very important that we can have additional influence on what non-academic music students are exposed to. If we want people to support what we do, why not try to reach out to them more? Why not expose them to our music outside of the concert hall? Well..one huge issue for a percussionist can be the amount of equipment to transport. So..for us, a solution became music for easily portable instruments such as keyboards, bells, gongs, cymbals, chains and drums.  There are many great composers who have written music that use these portable instruments which is why we currently wish to use this music as a vehicle to reach out. Our mission is to create a buzz about the art of percussion in any way possible.

     In addition, we as creative artists, and educators tend to talk ourself out of the things we want to put out in the world. For us, we were in that same boat. We hesitated on playing any type of music in public for the fear of hearing “This is terrible music, they are just playing random stuff”, or “This other group played it better”, or “They are just a copy of another group.” Well, we held ourselves back from performing for about 4 years ever since started 3G back in 2011…dumb, right? The only reason we finally got over this and started to share percussion music was because we realized that even the greatest failure that could come of us playing was not anything to be upset about. If people hated the music? so what. If we sound like another group? so what, ideas are made by other ideas . We have learned and come to accept that any doubts and fears can be overcome with action. A famous person once said “JUST DO IT!” So…we did it, and it was a great.

    We got a chance to talk with some people who really enjoyed the music. One student said “it’s very relaxing.”  Another student even started making beautiful artwork in his notebook during our performance, which he indicated was to resemble what the music felt like in his mind (see below). The music allowed people who were in conversations, or studying to actually get a different, more calm experience than a typical rock band event (I love rock bands). For us, it was a blast. Our friends Juwan Blanton, and Joshua Ramirez are great percussionists who helped us make this event possible by performing with us. Percussion. Community. Being able to connect with students at the nook and with our friends was a great moment for us.