Lisa Pegher (B.M. Performance, 2001) is a solo percussionist, drummer, composer and sometimes vocalist who is known for pioneering percussion as a solo instrument within the orchestral realm and beyond. She has made it her life's work to present percussion to larger audiences by commissioning, collaborating, and creating new works and performances that bring percussion to the front of the stage. Lisa has been hailed by the New York Times as "Tremendous" by the Boston Globe as "Forcefully balletic" and by New York City's The Glass as "More than just a drummer-an alchemist of time, sound, and space, crafting visceral landscapes that penetrate the ears and mind."
Featured in Symphony Magazine as one of the top six performers of her generation, Lisa has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, wind ensembles and chamber groups across the globe including the Thailand Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Peninsula Festival Orchestra, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, NEPA Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, SouthWest Michigan Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Lima Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony and many more. Lisa performs concerti by many of today's leading composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Joseph Schwantner, James MacMillan, and Kevin Puts and has had several percussion concerti composed specifically for her by composers such as Richard Danielpour, David Stock, Mathew Rosenblum, Paul Dooley and Brett Dietz. She has been a featured soloist at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, at NYC's SubCulture as well as numerous major concert halls around the world. Most recently she premiered Richard Danielpour's new percussion concerto "The Wounded Healer" with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra which she was hailed as " an ideal interpreter of the work; receiving a vigorous ovation" by the New Jersey Star Ledger.
Currently Lisa has been spending a lot of time composing her own original works for amplified acoustic instruments, electronics, and live animation. Her most recent multimedia project: ImPerFecTion was created after she founded her own collaborative group, the SideFire Trio (formerlly called Controlled Chaos Band) in Brooklyn. This show presents a mixture of free form jazz and rock, live visual animation, and dance. Previously she created the electronic/multimedia show called, Minimal Art: Imaginary Windows which was released in 2010.
A drummer at heart, Lisa has been the drummer/percussionist for many indie-rock, avant-jazz, and cross-genre bands throughout her career and has recorded on labels including AKM Productions, BMOP/sound, Albany, and her own label, Lisa P. Music Productions.
Lisa currently resides New York City. She endorses and is supported by Evans Drumheads, Marimba One, Black Swamp Percussion, and Matt Nolan Custom Cymbals/Metal Works.
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