Jess Tsang is a percussionist dedicated to the creation of new interdisciplinary works. Equally fascinated by the worlds of contemporary music, material culture, speech, and the culinary arts, Jess views percussion as a flexible field with endless possibilities for intersection.
She has presented her lecture recital at Harvard University for Ex-Centric Music Studies: Harvard Graduate Music Forum Conference and at Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane as part of the second annual Transplanted Roots Percussion Symposium. Entitled “Personally curated, yet easily disposable: Crossing the threshold into the realm of found objects”, it is the culmination of her research into the history and expansive ideology of incorporating found objects into contemporary percussion music.
A founding member of guitar and percussion duo party of one, Jess has also collaborated with an eclectic variety of artists, dancers, and musicians including Rebecca Saunders, David Szanto, Elena Rykova, So Percussion, and Deborah Carruthers. Favorite projects include performing within Martin Creed’s installation The Back Door at the Park Avenue Armory, the world premiere of Dan Trueman and Rebecca Lazier’s Bessie-award winning There Might Be Others at New York Live Arts, and Kid Millions’ 100 Disciplines, an immersive, hour-long work at the Brooklyn Museum.
She has appeared in performances at Carnegie Hall, MoMA, Lincoln Center, The Stone, Symphony Space, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the DiMenna Center, Red Bull Music Academy, Rite of Summer, the New Music Gathering, the Montreal New Music Festival, the Banff Centre, and was a fellow at the 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab.
Jess holds a Master’s degree from McGill University and an undergraduate degree from Mannes College, a division of the New School.