Jordan Walsh is a percussionist, audio engineer, and educator based in Austin, Texas. A proponent of electronics and theater in music, he strives to perform the most absurd music with the most genuine fervor. Jordan frequently commissions and performs new works in both chamber and solo settings, including recent collaborations with composers including Elainie Lillios, Akshaya Avril Tucker, Kitty Xiao, and José Martinez. Frequently engaged as a solo performer, Jordan has performed as a guest at the SEAMUS conference, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Southwestern University, and the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. He is a founding member of Less Than 10 Music, principal percussionist/personnel manager for the Density512 new music collective, and a founding member of the Up/Down percussion quartet.
Jordan’s work as a performer is largely defined by his dual interest in audio technology. As an audio engineer, Jordan has acted as in-house engineer for a number of Density 512 projects, plus independent work with artists including Kenken Gorder, Colin McCall, Ciyadh Wells, Peter Steiner, and more. Jordan’s work as an electroacoustic composer and performer led him to form the Electronic Integration Project, a dual commissioning and pedagogical effort intended to teach electroacoustic performance practice to performers. Jordan currently serves as Assistant Professor of Applied Percussion at Southwestern University and as Adjunct Associate Professor of Percussion & Audio Technology at Austin Community College. Jordan holds both a Doctorate and Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s degree from Columbus State University. His primary teachers have included Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, Paul Vaillancourt, Ryan Smith, and Erik Forst. Jordan proudly endorses Sabian Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion, and Artifact Percussion.