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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Pendulum Percussion Duo
  • School / Univ. / Institution: Ohio State University
  • Country: United States

"As a solo and chamber performer, college teacher and composer, the incredible variety available with Zildjian fits my needs perfectly. I find myself using everything from crash cymbals to earth plates, and I never tire of experimenting with the diverse selection of colors in the Zildjian line."

Susan Powell joined the Ohio State University School of Music faculty in fall 2000 as Assitant Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies. Prior to her appointment at Ohio State, Powell served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosk. She received the Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Performers Certificate, and the Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Northwestern. Powell has been a featured soloist at the 1993, 1996 and 1999 Percusive Arts Society International Conventions, and hosted the 2002 convention in Columbus, Ohio. She has made numerous appearances as a clinician and performer, appearing at universities and percussion seminars across the country, as well as in Prague, Czech Republic as a faculty member of the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival. Powell is also an active composer of percussion music and performs regularly with Joseph Krygier as the Pendulum Percussion Duo. The Duo's first release will be available in 2004.

Major influences:

Published works:
carpe diem (multi perc duo)
RE: Disaster (percussion ensemble)
The Gilded Cage (percussion ensemble)

Clinic titles used:
"Improving Performance Potential at the Xylophone"
"Musicianship in the Percussion Section"

Recommended recordings:
Nexus Plays the Novelty Music of George Hamilton Green
Nexus Now
Dance of the Octopus, Nexus
Marimba When... Leigh Howard Stevens
Live!, The Jeff Hamilton Trio

Recommended cymbals:
Special Effects Series
Oriental Crash of Doom
Re-Mix EFX
Azuka multi crash hand & stick w/rivets
Earth plates, high & low
EFX Piggyback
K Zildjian Series
Constantinople Special Selection, Pairs
Constantinople suspended
Constantinople medium ride

A Custom Series
A Custom Crash


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