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“Percussionist Lynn Vartan gave a bold performance of Kevin Volan’s striking solo work She Who Sleeps With A Small Blanket, an energetic romp for dark toned drums.” —L.A. Times


Percussionist Lynn Vartan is an international performer and educator who is an advocate for diversity in music. As a new music percussionist Lynn has worked with Michael Colgrass, Vinny Golia, Arthur Jarvinen, Ursula Oppens, Joan Tower, Glen Velez, Xtet, James Newton, Chinary Ung, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble and Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music, and is known for her dynamic athleticism and exciting energy on stage. She has commissioned and/or performed over 50 new works for percussion by composers such as Donald Crockett, Steve Hoey, Veronika Krausas, Erica Muhl, Arthur Jarvinen, Jeff Holmes, and Shaun Naidoo.

As a recital soloist, Lynn has been featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the Different Trains Series, at Montana State University, Cornell University and with the USC Contemporary and Percussion Ensembles. She is regularly presented on the Music at the Court series for Zebulon Projects, in Pasadena, California, where she produces her own solo percussion concerts. As a concerto soloist Lynn has won the California State University Concerto Competition as well as the FCC Young Artists Competition and has performed as a soloist with the Sierra Wind Symphony, the CSUN Symphony and Southwest Chamber Music, as well as premiering two additional new concertos for marimba and percussion by Mark Lanz Weiser and Shaun Naidoo. As a recording artist, Lynn has appeared on the ECM New Series for Stephen Hartke’s Tituli, and was twice Grammy nominated on the Cambria label with Southwest Chamber Music in the “Best Classical Album of the Year” and "Best Small Ensemble with or without a conductor” for The Complete Chamber Music of Charlos Chavez, Volume III. Lynn is also featured on Albany Records as a soloist on an album of music by Erica Muhl and she is currently producing an album of Armenian music for marimba for release next year.

A devoted ensemble musician, Lynn is the percussionist for the Los Angeles-based Ensemble Green, the violin/percussion duo 61/4 which she founded with Shalini Vijayan, and Southwest Chamber Music, with whom she will be touring Southeast Asia in December 2006. She received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees with special honors and recognition from the University of Southern California. Lynn is currently the head of Percussion at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and at Citrus College. Lynn is endorsed by the Paiste Corporation, Remo Inc., Innovative Percussion and Marimba One.

For tonight’s performance, Lynn will have a special guest, Miguel Gonzalez, from Mexico, and together they will create a night of percussion not soon to be forgotten.

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