Space City Performing Arts
Formed by three brothers, 3G Percussion is a percussion trio dedicated to energetic, adventurous, and cutting-edge performances. The group is led by classically-trained percussionists and original members Jacob Gutierrez, Sarek Gutierrez, and Zach Gutierrez.
The group's performances range from small, intimate chamber music concerts with bells, wood blocks, glass bottles, tin cans, to large-scale collaborations with multi-media, drums, marimbas, vibraphones, electronics, and everything in between. An audience can expect to be inspired by the unique timbral, rhythmically complex, and genuine music created by this ensemble.
3G Percussion continues to find unique spaces to perform in such as Gray Contemporary, Array Space, Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, and Rec Room. Recently, 3G Percussion has performed in Canadian cities such as Toronto and London and has been featured on the Houston Public Media Radio Station, the San Antonio Current, and "Live & Local" on KRTU 91.7FM.
3G Percussion has collaborated on events with Lynn Lane and the Transitory Sound and Movement Collective (Houston), The Lamarche-Kitai Duo (Toronto), the Peterson/Hayes Duo (San Antonio) and Space City Performing Arts (Houston). In 2015, the ensemble commissioned five new works by Texas composers from various universities such as the University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and the University of Texas Rio Grand Valley. 3G Percussion continues to collaborate with composers and artists to bring energetic, adventurous, and cutting-edge performances.
Wing In Crystal Chu is a D.M.A. student in Percussion Performance with a secondary area in Wind Conducting at the University of Oregon, where she holds a Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2013-2016). Her teachers are Pius Cheung and Rodney Dorsey. During her study at the U of O, she has been an active performer and percussion ensemble coach (Assistant director of the UO Percussion ensemble) in the community. In collaboration with the UO student composers, Crystal was granted a scholarship to perform at the Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposium in 2016. In her recent DMA recital in 2017, Crystal commissioned and premiered a solo marimba work, Crown of Phtheírein (2017) by Australian composer Evan Lawson, as well as a Pacific Northwest premiere of a marimba and computer work, Getting Hammered (2010) by Bik Kam Lee.
As a marimba soloist, Crystal has played in masterclasses held by Eriko Daimo, Don Liuzzi, Mark Ford, Katarzyna Mycka and Ji Hye Jung, Mario Boivin, and Emmanuel Séjourné. In November 2017, Crystal is going to premiere a new work, Fantasy Concerto for marimba and chamber ensemble, by Samuel Kalcheim. In 2014, she performed Pius Cheung’s Princess Chang Ping at the Northwest Percussion Festival. In 2012, Crystal performed the Wave by Keiko Abe as a soloist at the Day of Percussion at Purchase College. As a new music enthusiast, Crystal is going to join the PNW new music group, The Sound of Late, for their Fall 2017 concert, performing works by Sarah Kirkland Snyder and Anna Clyne. In 2016, Crystal participated at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at NEC in Boston, performed Reich’s Quartet and Globokar’s Kvadrat. In summers 2014 & 2015, Crystal participated at the soundSCAPE New Music Festival as a performer and conductor, and as part of the performing duo EDGES, with trumpeter Steve Sharp. In 2016, Crystal gave her debut conducting recital at the U of O in fulfillment of her secondary area, her program included an interdisciplinary collaboration with visual artist Alysse Hennessey of a live painting score.
Crystal has earned her M.M. from NYU, B.M. from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and has done the exchange program at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Her teachers include Robert Van Sice, Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar, David Skidmore, Jonathan Fox.
Guest Chamber Ensemble - 3G Percussion
Guest Composer- Marcus K. Maroney
Guest Artist- Wing In Crystal Chu, solo percussion
Marcus Karl Maroney studied composition and horn at The University of Texas at Austin (B.M.) and Yale School of Music (M.M., D.M.A.). His principal composition teachers were Joseph Schwantner, Ned Rorem, Joan Tower, and Dan Welcher. In 1999, he received a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center, the First Hearing award from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and an ASCAP/ Morton Gould Young Composer’s award. Other awards and fellowships followed, including: a Charles Ives Scholarship from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Music 2000 Prize from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, further awards from ASCAP, two residencies at the Copland House, and consecutive Woods Chandler Memorial awards from Yale University.
Commissions have come from such organizations and individuals as eighth blackbird, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Timothy McAllister, the Moores School Percussion Ensemble, the Texas Music Festival, the Deer Valley Music Festival, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. His works have been recorded on the Albany, Centaur and Blue Griffin labels, and are published by TrevCo, SecondaPrattica and Ever-Fixed Music.
Mr. Maroney served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music from 2002-2004. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. His academic pursuits include research on the music and life of Swiss composer Frank Martin, for which he was awarded a grant from the University of Houston for residency at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel. Mr. Maroney is on the Artistic Board of Musiqa, Houston's composer-led new music presenting group