Bio

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Boyce Jeffries strives to develop and maintain a high level of versatility and musicianship. All things percussion, from the orchestral stage to the music of cultures from across the globe, are valued and important to the field as a whole.

A master’s graduate from the School of Music @ California State University-Sacramento, Boyce served as an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater (January 2017 – June 2017). During his time in Sacramento, Mr. Jeffries worked and collaborated with many student composers through commission projects and participated in numerous world premieres.

Along with his love for contemporary music and bringing new works to life, Boyce thoroughly enjoys and holds the “classics” of percussion repertoire in high regard. Performing works by John Cage, Lou Harrison, Varese, and Steve Reich to name a few, have been a continued foundation in his musical development.

Mr. Jeffries simply loves to learn about cultures and traditions of music from around the world. Boyce’s studies in the music of India, Brazil, the Middle East, and Bali are a growing aspect of his performances and his own compositions, which involve extended hand-drum techniques and the cross pollination of musical styles and structures.

Boyce is in his third year of the doctoral program at the University of Toronto, studying under Aiyun Huang and Beverley Johnston, and taking lessons at the Toronto Tabla Ensemble school, directed by Ritesh Das.

Outside of music, he enjoys hiking, eating and enjoying many kinds of food, and is an avid tennis player.

 

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