Cisum Percussion

Collaborating In Styles, United (by) Music

Collaborating in Styles, United [by] Music

Cisum Percussion is a New York City based percussion collaborative originally founded in 2012 as a percussion duo. They immediately began performing and recording with a common goal of finding new capabilities within the percussion realm.  A few years later, along with some growth in their vision, Cisum Percussion has expanded into a larger group featuring some of NYC’s top young artists.

As an ensemble, Cisum shares a goal of expanding and developing the styles and capabilities within modern day percussion literature. The vast wealth of backgrounds the ensemble possesses span a plethora of musical styles and creates a unique environment in which nothing is impossible. The group revels in the performance of a crossbreed of styles such as contemporary classical music, minimalism, funk, jazz, and more combined with the use of visual arts and theater. Constantly seeking out new works and composers, Cisum Percussion continues to explore this genre-melding sound world through the steady commissioning and collaboration of other artists.

Cisum Percussion's current projects include their first annual "Composing for Percussion" workshop as well as collaborations with composers and artists such as Dave Molk, Josh Quillen, Wally Gunn, Michael Laurello, Catherine Bookman, Bungalow and more. Past projects include performances within the tri-state area, clinics/master classes serving Long Island’s public schools and music education programs, the commission and premiere of “Nocturne” by Casey Cangelosi, the creation and premiere of the internationally known percussion series “Motions,” the creation of a bi-yearly call for scores/composition contest and the premiere of “Shadow Evolutions” (commission by North Shore Symphony Orchestra, written by Nicholas V. Hall) for two percussionists and symphony orchestra.

Recently Cisum Percussion has been funded by a Kickstarter campaign to produce and record their debut album “Motions.” Featuring the "Motions" series by Nicholas Hall, as well as several other commissioned works. The album is set for release in late 2017. Along with their debut album they are currently performing in the NYC/Metropolitan area while making plans for the 2018-2019 concert season which will include several new commissions to be premiered both as a percussion ensemble and collaborating with other musicians.


We would like to thank our backers and supporters for their continued help in our program:

Kayla Dempsey, Maureen Hall, Arthur Hall, Donna Dempsey, Gerard Dempsey, Dorothy Garbe, Deborah-Ann Robinson, Julian Robinson, Susan Deaver, Janina Leon, Dave Alcorn, Justin Scheidling, Jessica Kramer, Laura Garbe, Michelle Goldberg, Edward Schreiner, P.D. Waltman, Melanie Voytovich, Janice Rhinebolt, Mara Cella, Timothy Hall, Robert Ferro, Danielle Rosone Kozikowski, Margie Cella, Raymond Cella, Elizabeth Rosone, Barbara Fiore, Matt Fewer, Jeff Rettew.