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Krissy Bergmark               

                                                                                                is a tabla player, percussionist, composer, and freelance instructor in the Twin Cities. Bergmark was a 2015 grantee of the Jerome Foundation's Music Travel and Study Grant, and travelled to Mumbai, India in January and February of 2016 to study tabla and to compose new music for her percussion quartet, Matra.  Krissy returned to Mumbai in the summer of 2017 to continue her tabla studies and composition through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Fund.  Bergmark is also a recipient of the 2016 Cedar Commissions Grant, with which she premiered her piece for tabla, cello, electric guitar, fiddle, and solo dancer, entitled The Darkest Timeline, in February of 2017. 

Bergmark received her Master’s Degree in 2012 in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Fernando Meza and directed the U of M Steel Band.  She is a 2010 graduate of Northern Illinois University in percussion performance, and a student of Greg Beyer, Robert Chappell, and Rich Holly, and also played with NIU's World Steel Band under the direction of Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis. In 2009, Krissy has also had the opportunity to travel to India as an undergraduate to study tabla drumming with Pandit Yogesh Samsi in Mumbai through the Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research Grant at Northern Illinos University.  Krissy has studied tabla through classes and individual lessons with Dr. Allalaghatta Pavan in Minneapolis, and continues her studies with Pandit Yogesh Samsi in Mumbai. She also currently serves as the Vice President for the Minnesota Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

Krissy enjoys teaching percussion ensemble, percussion lessons, and marching percussion at both Farmington High School and Lakeville South High School. In addition to marching percussion, Krissy has curated a winter percussion ensemble program at Farmington High School, and a percussion ensemble, steel band, and honors quartet at Lakeville South High School. For more information on private lessons, please email krissybergmark@gmail.com.

Krissy performs with her world/jazz/classical percussion-based group, Matra, with vibraphonist Andres Crovetti, marimbist Jenny Klukken, drummer Mat Solace, and bassist Ryan Hays. Matra performs regularly around the Twin Cities at variety of venues, and released their first, self-titled album in May of 2017. For more information, please check their schedule at www.matrapercussion.com.  Krissy also plays with the Pan-handler Steel Band (http://www.pan-handlers.org). In her most recent project, Krissy plays with electric guitarist Sam Genualdi and banjo player Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose in their trio, Piciformes. You can check out their first track here.