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Percussionist Joseph Gramley appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty

May 30, 2019

Joseph Gramley

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Gramley as professor of music in percussion, effective Aug. 1, 2019, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.

A Grammy Award-winning multi-percussionist, Gramley has performed and taught internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, in addition to playing with major symphony orchestras.

He released eight albums as a founding member of the Silkroad Ensemble and served as the group’s first associate artistic director, working directly with Yo-Yo Ma. Gramley’s two solo recordings, “American Deconstruction” and “Global Percussion,” represent definitive, milestone works in the modern multi-percussion canon.

“The IU Jacobs School is thrilled at the appointment of Joseph Gramley to our Department of Percussion,” said Gwyn Richards, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean of the Jacobs School. “His commitment to teaching, his experience and achievement in multiple musical settings and his dedication to collaborative undertakings is inspiring. He is a uniquely compelling artist, given the diverse array of musical styles he plays and the variety of ensemble settings in which he plays them. He is a musician and pedagogue skilled to flourish in an increasingly global age.”

“My percussion faculty colleagues and I could not be more pleased that Joseph Gramley will be joining the IU Jacobs School of Music,” said John Tafoya, chair of the Percussion Department. “He is an extremely active and recognized force in the percussion world and an internationally renowned musician, having performed extensively with the Grammy Award-winning Silk Road Ensemble, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma. Professor Gramley’s multi-faceted career includes a wealth of experience that encompasses solo, chamber, orchestral, world music and Broadway. His extensive experience and reputation make him the perfect fit for the Jacobs School of Music Percussion Department.”

Gramley comes to Bloomington after 12 years of leading the percussion program at the University of Michigan, where he successfully placed a generation of percussionists in varied posts worldwide—from symphony orchestras to Broadway, and top-tier universities and conservatories to world stages with pop artists and chamber musicians alike.

His versatility as a percussionist has found him performing alongside a broad cross section of artists, including Ma, Elton John, Michael Stern, Renee Fleming, Wu Man, Glen Velez and Keiko Abe. Gramley’s cross-genre collaborations have seen him involved with more than 100 new commissions from the leading composers of our time. His duo, Organized Rhythm, with Clive Driskill-Smith, is the world’s premier and most active organ/percussion collaboration.

“I am extremely excited to join the outstanding faculty of artists, scholars and performers at the Jacobs School of Music,” said Gramley. “Indiana University’s foundation for learning, its sustenance of the highest levels of performance, research and pedagogy, and its exceptional administrative leadership give our students experiences and skillsets for a lifetime of learning and success in the arts. It is truly an honor to be able to work and collaborate with the students at Jacobs.”

Linda Cajigas
Assistant Director of Communications
IU Jacobs School of Music
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