Oratorio Chorale

Percussion Soloists

Bang! Music for Choir and Percussion, June 5 and 6, 2015

Jonathan Hess

Commended for his “exacting milieus” (Boston Globe) and his “sparkling attack” (Hub Review), percussionist Jonathan Hess is a founding member of the Boston Percussion Group and has performed with Monadnock Music, Shirish Korde Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Alea III, the Da Capo Players, and Dinosaur Annex. In addition to his work as a chamber musician, Jonathan freelances with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Portland Symphony, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Odyssey Opera, and is timpanist of the Marsh Chapel Collegium and the Boston Chamber Orchestra. A specialist in historical performance, he has worked with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Cambridge Concentus, and Grand Harmonie. He has recorded for Coro, WBUR, BMOP Sound, Cantaloupe Records, Minnesota Public Radio, and Clear Channel Communications.

Nate Tucker

Musician Nate Tucker is an active performer. He was recently featured in American Repertory Theater’s (ART’s) The Tempest as on-stage musician in a four-piece band performing music by Tom Waits. Also at the ART, he performed in Finding Neverland, with music by Elliot Kennedy and Gary Barlow. He can be heard with the world-renowned contemporary music ensemble Juventas as core percussionist, as well as in pop and world music with Flamenco Boston. An advocate of new music in Boston, Mr. Tucker can be found performing pieces for percussion and electronics as well as composing them. His most recent compositions include A 2012 Drumset Odyssey for electronics and drum set and Ambient Memory, electronic music for multimedia dance performance (choreographed by Peter Dimuro; commissioned and set at the Boston Conservatory).

Exploring acousmatic music in relation to percussion and pop music, Mr. Tucker released the album ALTEREGO in 2014, self-produced and published under Off Grid Records. After its release, Tucker was commissioned to compose the entire score for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with the Boston Theater Company.

When not performing or composing, Nate Tucker can be seen as a dance/theater accompanist, music educator, and clinician, having worked at schools around the world, with students ranging from musicians of the highest caliber at Interlochen and Amsterdam Conservatory to dozens of local intercity school children around the New England area through Boston Ballet’s Music in Motion, Adaptive Dance, and CityDance programs.