Acclaimed Percussionist, Dr. Laura Jordan, to perform at SC State

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SC State’s College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts will host acclaimed percussionist, Dr. Laura Jordan, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Barbara A. Vaughn Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center.

“We are excited to have Dr. Jordan perform at SC State,” said James Orlick, music instructor at SC State. “She is one of very few female percussionists who is setting the stage for other females to enter into the same area of music,” he continued.

Jordan has performed in Europe, Canada, Mexico and throughout the United States, in venues including Avery Fisher Hall in New York, N.Y., the Skirball Center of Los Angeles, Calif. the National Geographic in Washington, D.C.

A new music advocate, Jordan seeks out new projects and commissions across genres and in unorthodox venues. Recently, she presented a marimba concert as part of a mission to bring marimba to unfamiliar audiences in the New York City area. Jordan was also recently featured as a marimba soloist on the 2008-2009 Music on MacDougal series, which featured the world premiere of Mark Janello’s Sonata for Violin and Marimba. Jordan has participated in commissions for works by Lukas Ligeti, Martin Bresnick, Alejandro Viñao, and in 2006, she gave the Western premiere of Menachem Zur's Translations for Percussion and Electronics. With the composer, she co-produced a recording of the work that has since been broadcasted several times on Israeli radio.

Jordan is also active in chamber music, performing with theater companies such as Literally Alive, the off-Broadway show Percussion People and with the troupe Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau. Following two seasons with the New York Guitar Quartet, Jordan joined the ranks of Ensemble Galilei for the 2004-2006 seasons and for the 2005 recording of Alta. Additionally, Jordan works with world percussion artists and has studied under Kumar Das (tabla), Myron Bretholz (bodhrán), Mark Cudek (early percussion), Valerie Naranjo (djembe) and Brent Roman. Jordan has provided live percussion for modern dance and theater for the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, N.C., the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Md., NYU in New York, N.Y. and the National Dance Institute (NDI) in New York, NY.

Jordan was recently awarded a large collaborative performing arts grant from NYU, which will fund a Merkin Hall concert of the chamber music works of Toru Takemitsu in addition to establishing a composition competition for NYU students.

Jordan has participated in several festivals including the Paris Marimba Competition and Perkumania festival in 2006, for which she received a Peabody Career grant and the first Zeltsman "Princeton" Marimba festival in 2001, for which she received a Semans art fund grant.

Jordan is a faculty member at the Bronx Conservatory of Music, Long Island Music Conservatory, Finger Power Music, and director/educator at Washington Heights Percussion, a school she founded in 2005. She has served as an adjunct professor at NYU and has presented master classes at many institutions, including the Juilliard Pre-College.

Jordan serves as the secretary of the New York State Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and is currently serving as chairperson of the committee to create the New York City International Marimba Competition.

Jordan received her bachelor and master of music degrees from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Md., where she was a student of Robert van Sice, American percussionist and Jonathan Haas, Timpanist and Percussionist. She is currently completing her doctor of philosophy degree from NYU in New York, N.Y.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information on Dr. Laura Jordan’s performance contact James Orlick, Instructor of Music at SC State at (803) 536-7124 or