Omar Carmenates is a versatile performer and pedagogue, having played in
may groups in various genres. His interest in contemporary chamber and
solo music has led to collaborations with composers and performers such
as John Luther Adams, John Psathas, Eighth Blackbird, Christopher Adler,
David Skidmore, and Christopher Deane. He has also premiered many works
for percussion including the U.S. premieres of John Luther Adams'
Inuksuit, John Psathas' Omnifenix for improvising saxophone, drum set,
and orchestra, and the European premiere of Christopher Cerrone's Memory
Palace for solo percussionist and live electronics. Carmenates' debut
solo CD, The Gaia Theory, is being released by Rattle Records in 2013.
Additionally, Carmenates is a member of the percussion collective the
nief-norf Project and hosts the nief-norf Summer Festival, which brings
together dozens of percussionists, scholars, and composers in a 10-day
collaboration focusing on contemporary music.
As a pedagogue, Carmenates has taught and given clinics across the
United State, Europe, and Asia, and has garnered a reputation as one fo
the foremost authorities in the field of marching percussion. He is
currently a percussion arranger for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum &
Bugle Corps, and was the percussion caption head for the Boston
Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps from 2007-10 and the percussion
arranger from 2009-10. Carmenates is a proud endorser/artist for Vic
Firth, Inc. Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, and Pearl Corporation/Adams