April 1, 2014 (Jackson) - The Faculty Percussion Recital on April 3 will feature Mr. Owen Rockwell, Adjunct Professor of Music, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Solo percussion music in the concert and academic setting has progressed to the point that New York Times columnist Allan Kozinn recently wrote, If you think about it, percussion is the new violin.
Join us for this free performance that will display a complex range of techniques and endless variety of sonic landscapes found in contemporary music written for drums, found objects and standard percussion instruments. This program will feature Iannis Xenakis landmark work Psappha for solo percussion as well as several works receiving their first performance in Mississippi.
Rockwell teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble, percussion methods, accompanies dance classes, as well as providing assistance with the percussion sections of the marching band and wind ensemble. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BM, MM) and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi.