Friday, August 20, 8:00 PM
Local superstar keyboard percussion duo
Makani Bright and Richard Rios present an evening of pieces for two marimbas!
Makani Bright marimba Richard Rios marimba
Makani Bright is a senior at Humboldt State University majoring in percussion performance and applied mathematics. Bright graduated from San Marcos High School in 2018 where she studied with Matthew Armstrong and Geoffrey Radant. Bright performed in the 2016 Music For All National Music Festival as well as the 2018 Percussive Arts Society Percussion Festival while serving as section leader and student mentor in marching band. Bright received the Music Student of the Year Award at the end of her high school career.
During her first year at Humboldt State she was selected to perform on the solo honors recital in spring 2019 and was a member of the Eureka Symphony for the duration of that year. Bright has performed with the HSU percussion ensemble, steel band ensemble, wind ensemble, and jazz orchestra. Bright has worked with Ron Samuels at Marimba One for the new product releases in 2020 and in 2021 she won the Percussive Arts Society Competitive Festival in both the two-mallet solo category and the three/four-mallet solo category.
Currently, Bright is performing with the HSU Percussion Ensemble, is the principal percussionist of the Wind Ensemble, and is the receiver of the Albert and Mildred Van Duzer Scholarship.
Richard Isaac Rios III (percussion) is a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Arizona) where he achieved a Master of Music degree in percussion performance. Attending Northern Arizona University from
2019 - 2021, Rios studied percussion with Dr. Steven Hemphill and conducting with Dr. Stephen Meyer. Rios served as principal percussionist in the NAU Symphonic Band and assistant conductor in the NAU Percussion Ensemble. He also performed in the NAU Wind Symphony and NAU Panorama Steel Band. Rios served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the NAU Percussion Ensemble, Panorama Steel Band, NAU Wind Symphony, NAU Collegiate Band, and the NAU Lumberjack Marching Band.
Prior to attending Northern Arizona University, Rios received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and Music Education from Humboldt State University (Arcata, California) in 2019 where he studied with Dr. Eugene Novotney (percussion) and Virginia Ryder (saxophone) from 2015 till graduation. While at Humboldt State, Rios had performed as a percussionist in the HSU Percussion Ensemble, HSU Calypso Band, HSU Wind Ensemble, HSU Symphony, and Humboldt Chorale. Rios also performed as a marimba soloist for the Humboldt State University Faculty Artist Series 2019 concert at the Morris Graves Museum for Art, and Humboldt State Idea Fest 2018 and 2019. In 2017 Rios attended and performed in the eighth International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy.