Ingrid Gordon is a versatile percussionist based in New York City, whose range extends from orchestral music to West African drumming.
Ingrid has performed as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and in chamber music recitals across the United States. She is founder and artistic director of the innovative ensemble Percussia, which is known for its eclectic and unique repertoire that incorporates world music influences and instruments into the contemporary classical idiom, and its championing of young composers and new works. Ingrid has also performed and recorded with other numerous other cutting-edge ensembles in New York City, including the Azure Ensemble, the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble, the Exponential Ensemble, and Ljova's Contraband.
Ingrid has performed at New York's major venues, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space and Lincoln Center. She has performed with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the Albany Symphony, and has appeared at the Spoleto USA Festival. At times Ingrid can be found in the pit of the hit Broadway musical Spider-Man, where she plays hammered dulcimer and xylo-synth.
In addition to her career in Western music, Ingrid has devoted herself to the study of many musical traditions from around the globe, from Zimbabwean mbira and Ghanaian fontomfrom to North Indian tabla, Indonesian gamelan, and Irish bodhran. She founded the traditional Mexican marimba ensemble Marimba Nueva York, and is one of the few people to perform Jewish klezmer music on the xylophone. She has traveled as far afield as Ghana and Indonesia in pursuit of new sounds, and has the instrument collection to prove it.
Ingrid is passionate about sharing her musical expertise to New York City's school children. She works as a teaching artist for some of New York's major cultural institutions, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the 92nd Street Y and Orchestra of St. Luke's. In this capacity Ingrid teaches everything from musical composition to music and culture of Africa. She leads an Orff Xylophone group at PS/MS 57 in East Harlem, presenting an innovate mix of student-composed works, arrangements of hip hop tunes, Latin hits and African xylophone music.
Ingrid holds a DMA from the University of Illinois, an MM from Northwestern University, and a BM from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the prestigious performer's certificate. She has recorded for the Centaur, Signum, New World Records, and Col Legno labels.
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