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Dennis Sullivan

Percussion

Dennis Sullivan

Dennis Sullivan
Born in Akron, Ohio, Dennis K. Sullivan II is a percussionist, composer and sound artist based in Queens NY.
As a percussionist focusing on new and contemporary music, Dennis is a founding member of the performance duo, Radical 2 with percussionist/electronics engineer, Levy Lorenzo. A classification-defying duo that explores the use of theatrical, vocal, percussive and prototype electronic mediums, Radical 2 has been bringing this unique blend to contemporary audiences for 15 years. Radical 2 has been featured on the 2019 and 2017 OpenICE series at the Abrons Arts Center, 2016 Omaha Under the Radar festival and also has been heard in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Berlin, London, Hamburg and elsewhere. They have held residencies at CNMAT (UC Berkeley), Stanford University and Adelphi University.
He is also one half of Popebama, a high octane experimental percussion/saxophone duo with composer/saxophonist Erin Rogers, a duo that applies text, electronics, and high-energy instrumental writing to non-traditional sounds. Specializing in works conceived by Rogers and Sullivan, Popebama has championed composers such as Paul Pinto, Matthew Shlomowitz, Kittie Cooper, Rick Burkhardt, Jenna Lyle, Alex Christie, Song Ae Kim and countless others. They have collaborated with performers such as yarn/wire (NYC), Tøyen Fil Og Klafferi (Oslo), Brandon Lopez (Brooklyn), Anne Le Berge (Amsterdam), SPLICE Ensemble and DECODER (Hamburg). Popebama has been featured on NYmusikk Bergen (Norway), Edmonton Fringe Festival (Canada), Splendor (Amsterdam), Diabolical Records (Salt Lake City), Bodies-As-Technology (Brooklyn), and Cleveland’s inaugural ReSound Festival, with lauded performances at the 2017 New Music Gathering, NASA 2018 Biennial (Cincinnati), SPLICE Festival (Kalamazoo) and The Stone (NYC). Educational engagements include student workshops, masterclasses, and performances at the Hochschule fur Musik (Freiburg), UMass Amherst, UM Duluth, St Cloud State University, University of North Alabama, Florida State University, University of Virginia and others. The high demand of the ensemble has garnered attention from presenters and new music advocates alike, resulting in a growing number of performances in the US and abroad. March of 2020 saw the premiere of "Fight Songs," an evening length music/theater happening written for and performed with Decoder  premiered at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie. In March 2023 the duo debuted a new project, "Party Line," with the University of North Alabama Percussion and Contemporary Ensembles. Just last month Popebama served as the ensemble in residence for the SPLICE Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Dennis as well serves as percussionist and co artistic director for the Wavefield Ensemble, a collectively organized group of musicians dedicated to performing contemporary music and creating new artistic work at the highest level.
As a composer Dennis’s work has been heard in the US, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and Norway. He has been awarded a composition residency at the STEIM center for electro acoustic music in Amsterdam. His compositions have recently been performed by Yarn/Wire, Decoder, New Thread Saxophone Quartet, Hypercube, N/A Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente and others while being featured on the International Contemporary Ensemble's OpenICE series, nymusikk Bergen, SPLICE Festival, Ball State Festival of New Music, Omaha Under the Radar, Cleveland's reSound Festival and the Edmonton Fringe Festival.
Dennis has been awarded the grand prize at the Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence, and has received the Stipiendienpreise at the Darmstadt International Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik (Darmstadt, Germany). He is a regular collaborator with The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and  has shared the stage with leading contemporary music ensembles such as The Argento New Music Project, Either/Or, ECCE Ensemble, Ensemble Court Circuit, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Sequitur, Newband, Iktus Percussion, Mivos, The Darmstadt Preistrager Forum, Ensemble Modern Academy, and many more. As an improviser he has shared the stage with the likes of Peter Evans, Brandon Lopez, Erin Rogers, Erica Dicker, Dana Jessen and others. 
Dennis holds a Bachelor of Music (BM) from the Hartt School of Music as well as a Master of Music (MM) and Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) from SUNY Stony Brook University. He serves as professor of percussion and director of the wind ensemble at Adelphi University. 

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