per·cus·sion·ist | \ pər-ˈkə-sh(ə-)nist \

Definition of percussionist 

: one skilled in the playing of percussion instruments

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Baird will play in the duo Body Love with percussionist Michael Zerang, who's made a couple fascinating albums with Spires in the past few years. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Taralie Peterson of Spires That in the Sunset Rise and Chicago noise veteran Andy Ortmann celebrate new albums," 30 May 2018 The percussionist Fiona Digney, pummelling a conspicuously coffin-like apparatus, made a sound to wake the dead. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 The music tested the technique of even an expert percussionist, containing difficult-to-negotiate vibraphone runs, a lengthy solo for chimes, and stretches whose instrumentation was left to the performer’s imagination. David Weininger,, "Category-defying music, left-wing stance in composer’s provocative piece," 6 June 2018 And no wonder, given a veteran lineup that includes drummer Steve Gadd, percussionist Luis Conte, saxophonist Lou Marini and keyboardist Kevin Hays. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "James Taylor & Sheryl Crow Take Over the Hollywood Bowl: Most Memorable Moments," 1 June 2018 The music on Large Unit’s 2016 album Ana was recorded with two additional percussionists, Brazilian musicians Celio de Carvalho and Paulinho Bicolor, who play an arsenal of regional instruments including cuica, tamborim, pandeiro, and berimbau. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Paal Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit explores varied compositional gambits through large-scale improvisation," 15 June 2018 Baltimore’s mayor, Catherine Pugh, not only attended the concert but also picked up a pair of drumsticks to jam on the steps of the War Memorial with the OrchKids bucket band, led by Brian Prechtl, a Baltimore Symphony percussionist. New York Times, "An Orchestra Adopts a City, One Kid at Time," 8 May 2018 For the dreamy, 20-minute short-film Kenzo tapped musical artists Lafawndah and Midori Takada, marking the renowned Japanese percussionist’s first release in 20 years. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Watch Kenzo’s Dreamy Reimagining of an Ancient Japanese Folktale," 13 July 2018 Saxophonist Dave Rempis and percussionist Tim Daisy have been stalwarts of Chicago’s improvised music scene for more than two decades. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Saxophonist Dave Rempis and percussionist Tim Daisy celebrate two decades of collaboration," 5 July 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who plays a percussion instrument

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