Perc Up World Percussion featured percussion clinician Jason Currin is a performer, director, educator and composer.
Jason Currin is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he was awarded the first grant from the Bryan Oliver Memorial Fund for Outstanding Artistic Achievement and was a winner of the North American Talent Search. An active freelance educator, performer and composer, he has worked with thousands of students over the past 18 years, many of whom have earned scholarship and degrees from some of the nation’s finest institutions.
As a performer, Currin has appeared around the world: in France and the Netherlands with Live Ambiance, throughout Central Europe with Halfway to Hoboken, and for two European tours as Principal percussionist with MIT Symphony Orchestra. He is featured on many recordings, including ARC Records’ Percussion of the World, Rhythm Journey and the Paris Conservatory recording of third-stream duo Halfway to Hoboken. Stateside, Mr. Currin performed as guest percussionist with Boston Musica Viva, a top interpreter of contemporary chamber music, and as Principal percussionist with Soria Chamber Players. As a member of the Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta) world percussion trio, Ritmo Blu, “Mr. Jason” performed for more than 30,000 students annually. His rock drumming may be heard in the soundtracks to television shows featured on the networks of MTV, A&E and CW.
Mr. Currin has also performed with ensembles at The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory.
As a composer, Mr. Currin has received a number of awards and commendations, including first place in the Rivers Music School Composition Contest and runner-up in the international contest held by 20th Century composer Stuart Saunders-Smith. His original works have been performed across the globe, and in 2001, featured at the 23rd Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young.
Mr. Currin has extensive experience working with theater and dance companies, having performed and composed for a number of venues and festivals, including Mobius, Pan9, and Oasis 1 &2. He performed with Boston Conservatory of Dance and served as accompanist for modern dance classes at the Tisch School of Performance Arts of New York University.
Mr. Currin resides in Greenville, South Carolina where he is a member of the Dance Department at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.