2016 Biographies — Percussion

Niamh Mercer

Niamh Mercer

Music Library, Percussion Crew, Artistic Coordinator

A lifelong Californian, Niamh came to Alaska in 2015 to pursue her Masters in Percussion Performance at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is currently a graduate teaching assistant as well as the instructor of the World Beat Ensemble, and the Interrelation of Arts and Drama. She is an avid performer, and is passionate about percussion in its various settings, from orchestral to world music.


Jacob Ransom

Jacob Ransom

Percussion

Jacob Ransom is a well-known and familiar local drummer, teacher, percussionist, and world music aficionado within the Fairbanks community. Jacob was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, moved to the beautiful town of Ashland Oregon where he was raised as well receiving his bachelors of music degree from Southern Oregon University. Jacob is currently a graduate teaching assistant at the University Alaska of Fairbanks Alaska studying percussion performance with Dr. Morris Palter.


Sherilyn Roach

Sherilyn Roach

Handbells

Sherilyn’s love of music has taken her down several instrumental paths. She currently plays viola in the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and directs a handbell choir at Christ Lutheran Church. Her day job is as a certified aromatherapist, while in her free time she loves to ride and show her horses, read, and do all kinds of needlework.


Owen Weaver

Owen Weaver

Percussion

Through a combination of original music, improvisation and collaboration with leading composers of his generation, percussionist Owen Weaver's "intensely focused" (Gramophone) performances combine the forces of rhythm, noise, beauty and stasis while seeking the musical potential in everyday life. He uses recycled objects, homemade instruments and electronic sounds to construct a kaleidoscopic sound world ranging from the visceral to the sublime, clangorous to hypnotic.
Owen has been featured in the NYC-based Wordless Music Series, MATA Interval Series, Fast Forward Austin, two Nonclassical Records SXSW official showcases and National Public Radio's All Songs Considered. A diverse collaborator, he has performed in Europe, South America and throughout the U.S. with Mantra Percussion, Glenn Branca Ensemble, NEWSPEAK, Concert Black and others including performances with Conspirare: A Company of Voices for a PBS television special and Grammy-nominated album. A passionate educator, Owen is a teaching artist for both the West Side YMCA and the 92nd Street YMCA, and has taught at Yale, Cornell, CalArts, Texas Lutheran University, the University of Texas at Austin, the Hartt School and Rikers Island Correctional Facility.


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