Percussionist Garrett Arney‘s richness of sound identifies his sincerity and intellectual curiosity in his performance. His passion in developing the genre of percussion music has inspired many composers and musicians through creative collaboration and workshops. Garrett’s commissioning projects include the premier of Book of Grooves by Alejandro Vinao, as well as working with composers such as Martin Bresnick, James Wood, and many young composers. As a past member of Ensemble Connect, Garrett performed the Carnegie Hall premiere of Steven Mackey’s Micro-Concerto, as well as many other performances through New Work City. He also served as a teaching artist for schools and community centers throughout the Five Boroughs. A native of Michigan, he studied at Michigan State University, Peabody Conservatory, and Yale School of Music, and now teaches at Cleveland State University, and is a frequent guest teacher at Peabody Conservatory.