Yousif Sheronick PERCUSSION Class: 2008 Then: Ethos Percussion Group Now: Ethos Percussion Group, duoJalal, Glen Velez and Handance Life-changing YPCA moment: meeting his wife and fellow duoJalal collaborator, Kathryn Lockwood Career-changing YPCA moment: “At the time, presenters weren’t comfortable with straight percussion. They would only book Ethos if there was, say, a string quartet to balance it out. The New York Times reviewed the YPCA showcase concert, and Ethos stood out in
the review. That felt like a turning point – like percussion can stand on its own.” When not performing: “Spending time with our 4-year-old daughter Surriah. Doing anything outdoors. We love walking, biking, hiking – anything that really gets our pulses going, and our daughter helps with that.” Advice to the next gen: “Take whatever you love and try to make a career around that. Find your little niche and see how you can manipulate that. For me, that means taking the hand drums that I love and not playing them in a traditional way. I’ve used them to play chamber music, world music and jazz.”
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