The ensemble includes the study and rehearsal of percussion
chamber music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries,
including the study of standard and extended techniques for a
broad range of percussion instruments. It presents public
performance of significant works for percussion ensemble.
Meets Fridays 2:10–4:00 pm in Room 1151 “Percussion
at the Ann E. Pitzer Center
Zachary James Watkins is a composer and
electronic music artist. He will be visiting UC Davis’s music
department several times over the 2021–22 school year, including
a May 2022 performance of his piece Affirmative Action
with The Living Earth Show (an artist-in-residence guitar and
percussion duo), and working with graduate students in
composition and creative writing for their collaborative
performance work in late May 2022, titled See / Hear /
Watkins has received commissions from Documenta 14, the Kronos
Quartet, The Living Earth Show, sfsound, and the Seattle Chamber
Players among others. His 2006 composition Suite for String
Quartet was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition.
Zachary has performed in numerous festivals across the United
States, Mexico, and Europe and his band Black Spirituals opened
for pioneering Drone Metal band Earth during their 2015 European
tour. In 2008, he premiered a new multi-media work entitled
Country Western as part of the Meridian Gallery’s
Composers in Performance Series. Zachary completed
Documentado / Undocumentado (Moving Parts Press, 2017),
a multimedia interactive book in collaboration with Guillermo
Gómez Peña, Gustavo Vasquez, Jennifer Gonzalez, and Felicia Rice.
Zachary has been an artist-in-residence at the Espy Foundation,
Djerassi, and the Headlands Center for The Arts.
Watkins studied composition with Janice Giteck, Jarrad Powell,
Robin Holcomb, and Jovino Santos Neto at Cornish College. In
2006, Zachary received an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording
Media from Mills College where he studied with Chris Brown, Fred
Frith, Alvin Curran, and Pauline Oliveros.
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, University of Michigan
Percussionist Christopher Froh specializes in
promoting and influencing the creation of new music through
critically acclaimed performances and dynamic lectures. To date,
he has premiered over 150 chamber and solo works by composers
from 17 countries. His collaborations include some of the most
significant composers of the twentieth and
twenty-first centuries, including Chaya Czernowin, David
Lang, Steve Mackey, John Adams, George Crumb, Liza Lim, Matthias
Pintcher, and Keiko Abe.