Joe Porter is a Canadian percussionist, teacher, and composer. He is the recipient of the Global Music Awards, Gold Medal Prize for Creativity and Originality, and has been a winner in multiple performance, composition and recording contests. Joe has performed in Brazil, Britain, Holland, Japan, China, Trinidad and Tobago, Hawaii, Florida, Indiana, Idaho, and throughout Canada. Festival performances have included the 17th Annual Honolulu Festival, Gulf Coast Caribbean Festival in Florida, Netherlands International Steel Band Festival, Lethbridge Jazz Festival, and Calgary Carifest. In 2014, Joe was featured in the PASIC International Showcase Concert. As an active international clinician, Joe has presented percussion masterclasses and workshops in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. He is the assistant director of the University of Lethbridge Global Drums Percussion Ensemble, and teaches at the University of Lethbridge Music Conservatory. Born and raised in Fernie, British Columbia, Joe received both his Masters and Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Lethbridge. For more information, visit Joe's website at: www.joeporteronline.comclose
Gay Pearson received a B.M. in applied piano from Lawrence University in '65 and a B.S. in Meteorology from Purdue University in '83. During her twelve years of employment in air quality evaluation with New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection in Trenton, she also studied jazz harmony, theory and improvisation. Since relocating to Maine, she is finishing her eighth year of studying advanced improvisation and composition with Vardan Ovsepian, first in her home town of Newburyport MA, then via skype. Gay has performed her compositions for her two annual concerts in Newburyport, and in Portland for First Parish UU and Back Cove Contemporary Composers Fest. From 2005-2010 she taught piano and theory at Portland Conservatory of Music. She has released four self-produced CDs to local and national acclaim. Jim Santella, of Cadence raves: "Pearson gives her audience a double barrel of swinging excitement that's married with a love for the lyrical melody."