Joseph Tatum is a multi-genre cellist and composer residing in Reno, Nevada where he performs with a number of diverse ensembles. His primary objective has been to explore and innovate the cello's unique capabilities as a non-classical performance instrument. In June 2016 this goal manifested itself when Joseph teamed up with Ethan Gray to form Darabello, a duo featuring original composition for looped cello and percussion. More recently, Joseph was commissioned by Artown to collaborate with dancer Alex Kaskie for the inaugural Artown Under the Radar performance.
In addition to these projects, Joseph performs as a section member of the Reno Philharmonic, as well as with the Desert Rose Ensemble. He also maintains an active interest in teaching, including work with the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra program as well as leading a studio for private cello lessons.
Joseph holds a Master of Music degree in cello performance from University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.
Alex Kaskie Alex's life has been involved in dance since he was young child, as his mother was a professional dancer and has owned her own studio since Alex was a young boy. Although, he didn't start dancing until he was 19, now 10 years later he is known around the dance community for his Hip hop style. His career and style starts with a musical theatre foundation. Over the years he has performed as lead rolls, principle dancer rolls and even choreographing for a few productions. Alex started experimenting with more styles to broaden his skills by starting to breakdancing and getting into hip-hop. In no time, Alex was exploring and picking up every style of dance that he could get his hands on. He got interested in creating his own choreography and his own style to add to the art. He has choreographed numerous jazz routines, award winning hip hop group competition numbers, and hip hop solo's. In this performance he explores even further by dancing with masks and live instruments.
Accompanied by Ethan Gray
Ethan Gray is a percussionist residing in Reno, Nevada. The art of percussion has taken him through
multiple genres and instruments, from Japanese marimba to Cuban hand drumming. He has performed
professionally for the Billings Symphony in Montana, where he is from, as well as the Reno
Philharmonic. Ethan has a keen interest in the exploration of the percussive arts and its natural
tendencies of experimentation. He was recently commissioned to be the music director for Peter and
the Starcatcher at Reno Little Theater, a project that required innovation and an unconventional
approach to the stage.
As a music educator in the community, Ethan teaches private percussion lessons and regularly spends
time at local schools working with young musicians. In addition, he is closely affiliated with the
University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches the UNR Marching Band, Applied Percussion, and
Ethan holds a Bachelors of Music Performance with a focus on percussion from Montana State
University-Billings and a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from University of Nevada
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