Chris Sies

Chris Sies is a percussionist and composer originally from Manchester, Maryland. A diverse performer praised for his "virtuoso flair" (Detroit Free Press), Chris has appeared with the United States Navy Band, New Music Detroit, The Michigan Arab Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond and the “experimental powerhouse," So Percussion. An avid promoter and performer of contemporary music, Sies has premiered numerous works including the world premiere of Phil Kline’s Dreamcitynine as well as several premieres of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit. He has also performed at such events as the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Midwest Composer’s Symposium, the University of Toledo's Festival of New Music, and New Music Detroit’s annual Strange Beautiful Music. As a composer and collaborative artist, Sies has worked in many facets including dance, performance art, and multimedia projects with works presented by the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Percussion Arts Society, and Ann Arbor Dance Works. His most recent collaboration with dancer/choreographer Maddy Rager entitled (renewed) was featured at the American College Dance Association's National Gala in Washington D.C. which included several performances at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Among his many musical projects, Chris is an active member of the Willo Collective and is currently working on an album of music for percussion quartet and electronics entitled “Music for Horizon Lines”. Chris Sies proudly endorses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.

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