Omar Carmenates is the Associate Professor of Percussion at Furman University in Greenville, SC. He is a versatile musician with an interest in contemporary solo, chamber, and eco-acoustic music. His debut solo recording, The Gaia Theory, was released through Rattle Records in 2013. He also directs the œJohn Psathas Percussion Project, a collaboration with New Zealands most prominent composer. The recordings and scores from this project are published through PARMA Records and Promethean Publications. In addition to his duties at Furman, Omar is an avid participant in the marching arts whose work can be seen and heard around the globe.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceMy first performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (and every other one after that!). I always feel that my playing, particularly my nuance and touch, are immensely better after playing through that piece.
What Drives Your Creativity?Collaborating! Getting to work alongside other musicians or even experts in other fields has led to some of the most unique and rewarding projects I've ever taken part of.