Queens-based percussionist Russell Greenberg specializes in music of the 20th and 21st centuries that spans a wide variety of styles. His breadth of experience as an international performer has led to a unique approach and viewpoint on contemporary music and teaching, and he strives to share this experience with varied audiences.
As a founding member of the piano and percussion quartet, Yarn/Wire, Russell has collaborated with many of today’s leading composers to craft a body of new, wide-reaching and vital repertoire. At the vanguard of contemporary music, Yarn/Wire frequently tours the United States and performances have been labeled as “fearless” (TimeOutNY), and “intrepid/engrossing” (The New York Times). Russell is also a member of Either/OR and the Wet Ink Large Ensemble, and often appears with other prominent groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Argento, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and sfSound. Through international and national performances, he has worked with a wide variety of composers and conductors including Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Susanna Mälkki, Enno Poppe, Beat Furrer, and others. In addition to his work with contemporary music ensembles, Russell performs and records with the innovative bands Seaven Teares (percussion), and Hi Red Center (composition/keyboards/percussion).
Russell’s interdisciplinary work and collaborations include work with Theatre of a Two-Headed calf, the artist David Bithell, Judy Dunaway, and John Morrison. He has also penned music for the Off-Off Broadway theater production of Clubbed Thumb’s Gentleman Caller among others.
Russell received his BA in music from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002, where he studied percussion with William Winant, and with Eduardo Leandro at Stony Brook University, where he earned his M.M. in 2004 and a D.M.A. in 2009. He is a faculty member at Suffolk Community College where he teaches percussion and music history and is also on staff at Kaufman Center at the Lucy Moses School, where he teaches drum and percussion lessons.
Russell is sponsored by Pearl/Adams instruments and Paiste cymbals and has recorded for the WERGO, Bridge, Mode, Albany, Northern Spy, and Joyful Noise record labels.