Percussionist Educator Composer
Welcome to my new (extremely low-tech) website!
A little about me:
Joe Bergen is a percussionist, educator, and composer active in the New York metro area. As a co-founder of Mantra Percussion ("superhuman..." New Yorker) and Transit New Music ("boldly sureal aural experience..." NY Times,) Joe has toured North America, Europe, and Asia performing some of the most interesting and compelling music of our time. Highlights include guest performer on the San Fransisco Symphony "American Mavericks" series at Carnegie Hall, featured ensemble on the Percussive Arts Society 50th Anniversary Concert, and cited by the New Yorker for top ten performances of the year for Mantra Percussion's performance of Timber at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in NYC. Joe also performs extensively with the Cellar and Point, Experiments in Opera, and from 2007-2014 with Newband performing on Harry Partch's original microtonal instruments. Joe has recorded extensively for tv, radio, film, and video game soundtracks most notably playing percussion for the 2011 RockStar video game of the year; "Read Dead Redemption." He can be heard on several record labels including New Amsterdam, Cantaloupe, Cunieform, and New World Records.
A native of Ramsey NJ, Joe studied with John Ferrari and Tom Kolor receiving his bachelors degree in music from William Paterson University with additional studies from Gordon Gottlieb and Nancy Zeltsman. In addition to performing with Mantra, Joe is the group's education director overseeing programs including; Mantra Youth Percussion ("ear-opening..." NY Times,) the Necessary Noise Festival, and Mantra's in-school residencies. Additionally, Joe is a Wolf Trap early education teaching artist and dance accompanist for New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the percussion director and in school specialist for the award winning Rahway School District teaching percussion grades 4-12, and is an accomplished arranger and composer in the education world writing music for various award winning music programs.