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  • School / Univ. / Institution: Ohio State University
  • Country: United States

With a specialty in the fusing of multiple styles and cultures, Joseph Krygier utilizes his background in classical, world, commercial and electronic percussion to create a sound that is uniquely his own. He received his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music and his Masters degree in performance from Northwestern University.

Krygier is currently Music Coordinator and percussion accompanist with the internationally recognized Ohio State University Department of Dance where he plays hand percussion and drum set for modern and African dance classes. Krygier is also a percussion accompanist with Columbus' premier professional dance company, BalletMet. Additionally, he has worked as a dance accompanist at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp and at Ohio Wesleyan University. A sought-after composer for dance in the Columbus area, Krygier has composed numerous scores for modern dance performance, in addition to a full 90-minute length work.

In addition to his duties with the OSU Department of Dance, Krygier serves as a Lecturer in Percussion Studies at The Ohio State University, where he co-directs the award-winning OSU Percussion Ensemble, and teaches classes in equipment repair and hand drumming. The OSU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Susan Powell and Associate Director Joseph Krygier, won the 2005 Percussive Arts Society Call For Tapes Competition and performed at PASIC 2005 in Columbus as well as making an appearance at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. An advocate of percussion education, Krygier is a co-founder and co-director of the Greater Columbus Youth Percussion Ensemble, a group dedicated to further expanding the chamber music experience to students in grades 8-12.

Krygier spent four years as a member of the United States Air Force Band of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he was a member of the concert band, Blue Steel (rock band), Wild Blue Country (country band), and Stellar Brass. He was a featured marimba soloist with the concert band on one of their many tours across the country and frequently performed solo pieces on community chamber series. Additionally, Krygier has performed with the Columbus Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic. He was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago-the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony-and performed with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Maestro Daniel Barenboim.

As a chamber musician, Krygier performs regularly with Susan Powell as the Pendulum Percussion Duo. The Pendulum Duo has performed at numerous universities and chamber series across the United States, including the Berklee College of Music 'Week of Percussion', Florida State University, the Eastman School of Music, University of South Carolina, Belmont University, as well as Percussive Arts Society 'Days of Percussion' in Alabama, Kansas, Ohio, and South Carolina. The duo has also performed across the Czech Republic as part of the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival and will perform in Lithuania and Prague in 2006. Their first CD release, carpe diem, will be available in 2006. Powell and Krygier also perform with Scott Herring as the Shiraz Trio.

As a composer, Krygier is active in the creation of chamber works for percussion. His compositions include Coriolis Effect (solo hand percussion and quartet), Hot Pants (six hand percussionists with electronic percussion), Mulagatawny (large hand percussion ensemble) Vltava's Riq (percussion duo) and Extended Forecast (drum set and hand percussion duet with CD accompaniment).

Krygier's teachers include John Beck, Michael Burritt, Lynn Harbold, Tony Miranda, Ruben Alvarez and Paul Wertico. Krygier is an educational endorser for the Zildjian Company and Grover Pro Percussion.

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