Krissy Bergmark is a tabla player, percussionist, and composer in the Twin Cities. Bergmark has received commissions and grants through the Cedar Commissions, the Jerome Foundation, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for her tabla studies and compositions for tabla, percussion, and strings. She performs with her world/jazz fusion percussion group Matra, folk/newgrass trio Sprig of That, experimental global folk trio Piciformes, modern flamenco guitarist Ben Abrahamson, and has played with the Pan-handlers Steel Band since 2014. Krissy is a 2018 attendee in the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop.
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.
Krissy enjoys teaching percussion ensemble and percussion lessons at both Farmington High School and Lakeville South High School. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Gustavus Adolphus College, and teaches percussion at Farmington and Lakeville High Schools. She also currently serves as the Vice President for the Minnesota Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Krissy endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.