Sounds Green II: Cymbiotic Duo

Ross Garrod and James Bower
Cymbiotic percussion duo was formed by James and Ross during their time studying together at the Royal Academy of Music. Their joint final recital was awarded a distinction by eminent percussion soloist Adrian Spillet.

Cymbiotic have performed in a wide variety of settings including at London's Southbank Centre, Reading University, University of London, the Norfolk and Norwich festival and for Elton John at his white tie and tiara ball. Most recently, and a highlight for Cymbiotic, was a performance for HM the Queen and honoured guests at the Royal Academy of Arts. However, they are at times a little too enthusiastic and their hooligan drumming tendencies have led to the breaking of 1 vibraphone stick, 3 marimba mallets, 1 djembe, 1 bass drum and 2 marimba notes ­ but it's all in the name of art!

Ross Garrod
Ross completed his undergraduate studies in Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2009 and received a scholarship to study on the Master of Arts course at the Royal Academy of Music. He has played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and trialed for Principal Percussion with the Ulster Orchestra. He performs with and writes for his harp and percussion duo Glèusta [Glay'sta] and his percussion duo Cymbiotic. Ross has been engaged for some unusual performances such as playing medical equipment whilst lying in a hospital bed in Sir Elton John's garden and percussing on a hollowed out pumpkin with the London Vegetable Orchestra; notable performances including an appearance on the BBC's Room 101, ITV's Let's Do Lunch, and recording with an unnamed artist when it was all about the money, money, money...'

James Bower
James began studying Timpani and Percussion at the Birmingham Conservatoire and was awarded the Birmingham Conservatoire percussion prize in his third year. After gaining his undergraduate degree, James was awarded the D'Oyly Carte Scholarship and Oldhurst Tust award to study for a Master of Arts at The Royal Academy of Music. James has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and the English Symphony Orchestra, touring Germany, Italy Switzerland and Greece. As a soloist James has performed recitals at Colston Hall Bristol and at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
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