Assistant Professor, Music, Percussion

Daniel Music Building, Room 11B

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      The music of John Luther Adams: An Alaskan composer whose work melds the natural environment into musical sound environments.

      The commissioning of and premiering new works for percussion: Recent commissions include "Timber", a 75-minute work for 6 percussionists from award-winning composer Michael Gordon, "Inuksuit" for 9-99 outdoor percussionists by John Luther Adams, and a new work due out in 2012 from New Zealand composer John Psathas.

      The endangerment of Honduras Rosewood. This three provides the primary wood used in the creation of marimbas and xylophones and was recently put under the protection of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES).

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research


  • Center-funded research projects

      The Gaia Theory: A Recording Project Featuring Solo Ecoacoustic Percussion Music

      The idea of music relating to the natural environment is nothing new. However, there is a small yet rapidly growing force of composers and performers that are finding innovative ways to blend contemporary performance techniques and the environment into one synergistic musical experience. For this fellowship, percussionist Dr. Carmenates recorded an album titled The Gaia Theory, produced by Rattle Records, New Zealand's preeminent label for new music. The Gaia Theory is a significant addition to the recordings of ecoacoustic artists, as it includes works by John Luther Adams, Christopher Adler, Matthew Burtner, and Steven Schick. Students in Dr. Carmenates' percussion studio have been exposed to the ecoacoustic genre through this fellowship, and are learning and performing pieces on this recording.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • Percussion
      • Percussion Methods
      • Percussion Performance Topics
      • Percussion Ensemble
      • World Music
      • Furman Bands (Marching Band)

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