October 1st, 2011: Dennis Sullivan & Ryan Nestor


Pecussionist Dennis Sullivan has premiered multiple new and contemporary works for percussion, voice, mixed ensemble and given hundreds of performances throughout the United States and Europe. Through these endeavors, Dennis has been heard with Newband, John Eaton’s Pocket Opera Players, The Argento Ensemble, Tactus, The Lugano Percussion Group (Lugano Switzerland), the Darmstadt Preistrager forum, Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band, Sequitur, Mantra Percussion, The 7 Mile Isle Steel Drum Band, The Perceval Duo (co-founder), The Cleveland Orchestra and many other orchestras throughout New England and the Mid West.

Dennis has worked with fine composers and conductors such as Michael Guillen, Lucas Vis, Wolfgang Rihm, Tristan Murail, Thomas Meadowcroft, Franck Ollu, Michael Gordon, Evan Ziporyn, David MacBride, Clint McCallum and John Eaton. Dennis can be heard on Mode Records and Canada Goose Neck Tapes. In 2004, he was awarded the grand prize at the Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence, and in 2008 he received the Stipiendienpreise at the Darmstadt International Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik (Darmstadt, Germany). His festival appearances have included Darmstadt (2006, 2008, 2010), The Klangspuren Festival (Ensemble Modern Academy 2007), ACA Festival of American Music (2007, 2010), Make Music New York (2009) and the Woodstock Fringe Festival (Perceval Duo, 2005).

Dennis earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music under the instruction of Benjamin Toth, his Master’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook and is currently completing a Doctorate degree at SUNY Stony Brook, where he studies with Eduardo Leandro. He has also received additional mentoring from Christian Dierstein, Lucas Vis, Miguel Bernat, Emmanuel Sejourne, Glen Velez, Dave Samuels, and many more. He is currently assistant director of bands at Saint Anthony’s High School in Huntington New York.




Here are some details on Dennis’ presentation:
Dennis will perform a piece by Georges Aperghis called Le Corps a Corps for solo zarb.  Topics will include Aperghis and his compositional aesthetic, zarb techniques, the unique notation of Le Corps a Corps that allows for extensive interpretation, the interesting narrative structure of the piece, and Dennis’ experience with “theater percussion”.

Check out Dennis in action at these upcoming events:
October 7th, 8pm: Outpost Artists Resources
October 14th: 1012 Willoughby
Both sets will feature Le Corps a Corps by Aperghis, A Contest for the Future by  Russel Podgorsek,  and Songs 1-9 by Stuart Saunders Smith.


Committed to artistic innovation, percussionist Ryan Nestor is actively pursuing new musical directions. Interested in large scale musical works, Nestor is currently performing Roger Reynolds’ Watershed I, a mammoth, genre-defining composition for solo percussion.

This October, Nestor will travel to Germany to perform Sofia Gubaidulina’s 45- minute long epic, The Canticle of the Sun. Nestor recently held a fellowship with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and was appointed to the performing guest artist faculty of the nief-norf Summer Festival at Furman University.

Ryan frequently performs in New York City and has been featured at the Bang on a Can marathon, the International Computer Music Conference, and the Park Avenue Armory. He has been a participant at the International Festival for Contemporary Performance (IFCP) and a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. As a soloist.

He performed at the 2009 and 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nestor earned his Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at Stony Brook University and his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky.

Here are some details regarding Ryan’s presentation:
Ryan will perform a monumental work for solo percussion by American composer Roger Reynolds called Watershed I (1995).  He will discuss the various aspects of learning and memorizing such intellectually and physically challenging music, as well as his personal vision of this epic, evocative musical experience.

Watch a video of Ryan’s performance of Watershed I at his masters recital in April 2011:

Here’s an exciting upcoming event:
Ryan Nestor Master Class: Graphic Notation
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Percussion Penthouse, 35 West 4th Street, 13th Floor