Bringing percussion from the back of the orchestra to the front of the concert stage, the Sympatico Percussion Group is an engaging chamber quintet that will showcase percussion like you’ve never seen or heard it before!
Their repertoire consists of a wide variety of styles, including contemporary, ragtime, world, rudimental and jazz compositions, as well as pieces the group has composed for themselves. Sympatico is a fusion of five talented individuals who blend together their unique percussive talents, creating sounds that will both amaze and inspire.
At a Sympatico concert, you will see and hear an eclectic array of instruments represented, from the traditional (drums, xylophone, woodblocks, cymbals), to those of world origins (West African djembe, Middle Eastern doumbek and riq, bongos and congas from Latin America, Chinese tom toms), to the unique and unusual (clay flower pots, toy xylophone, boomwhackers, waterphone & metal buckets).
Over the past several years, Sympatico has appeared at numerous Percussive Arts Society ‘Days of Percussion’ across the country, as well as at the 2012 PAS International Convention. Collectively, members of Sympatico have performed as soloists and chamber musicians across the globe in locations that include the Czech Republic, China, England, France, Germany, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Spain and Sweden.
All five members hold university level teaching positions, where they mentor the next generation of young percussionists across the country. Sympatico is comprised of Scott Herring (University of South Carolina), Kris Keeton (University of North Carolina-Greensboro), Joseph Krygier (The Ohio State University), Christopher Norton (Belmont University) and Susan Powell (The Ohio State University).
Susan Powell has Wyoming roots, having grown up in Casper. She studied for many years with former long-time Casper College faculty member Terry Gunderson, and performed often with the CC Percussion Ensemble, as well as the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. She has been a guest of ARTCORE numerous times over the past ten years, appearing with the Pendulum Percussion Duo, as well as with the Ohio State University Percussion Ensemble.