pax duo percussion ensemble

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pax duo is a dynamic new percussion project created by Tristan Swihart and Micah Detweiler. Based in Goshen, IN and Madison, WI, pax aims to push the boundaries of contemporary percussion through collaboration and new creation. Tristan and Micah first met in the fall of 2012 when Micah began working with the Northridge Raider Marching Band in Middlebury, IN where Tristan was a student. The marching band show that year was entitled Et in Terra Pax. Since then they have gone from student and teacher to close friends and colleagues. As a duo they have toured throughout the midwest and have several new projects and commissions in process, including creating a video for their duo version of Elliot Cole’s Bloom Suite.


Performance: pax duo percussion ensemble

Series: Music Dept/Music Center Concerts

Date: November 21, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

Location: Rieth Recital Hall

Pricing: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $2 students. GC employees/students free with ID.

Tickets: Available at the Box Office or by phone at (574) 535-7566

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Notes about this event:

Micah Detweiler is a sought after teacher and performer based in Northern Indiana. He has taught at Northridge High School and Middle School, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Goshen College.

As a performer Micah has shared the stage with Third Coast Percussion, appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion”, and played a solo concerto with the Goshen College Orchestra. Garrison Keillor described his playing as, “An astonishing beautiful musical event. Everything. All of it. Mesmerizing and Elegant.” He has performed in masterclasses with Leigh Howard Stevens, Svet Stoyanov, and composer Elliot Cole.

Micah is a graduate of Goshen College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His principal teachers were Dr. Anthony DiSanza, and Dr. Christopher Fashun, with additional world percussion study with Thomas Ross and Todd Hammes. Micah has also spent four summers studying and instructing with Leigh Howard Stevens at the Indiana LHS Marimba Seminar.

Tristan Swihart is a percussionist, performer, and educator based in Madison, WI. He has performed across the United States as a soloist and with the Empire Film and Media Ensemble, Ossia New Music Ensemble, Eastman Percussion Ensemble, Eastman Wind Ensemble, and Eastman Philharmonic.  He has also been a part of multiple commissions and world premieres with composers such as Andrew Patzig and Victor LaBozzetta.

Tristan received a Bachelor of Music degree and Arts Leadership certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Professor Michael Burritt as well as adjunct professors Brian Kushmaul, Chip Ross, Jim Ross, and Rich Thompson.  Tristan previously studied with Micah Detweiler.

In addition to his contemporary and classical music background from Eastman, Tristan also studies Brazilian percussion with master drummer Jorge Alabê in both Brazil and the US and has performed with Grupo Samba Rio based in Oakland, California.