Anthony DeMartinis is a collaborative solo and chamber percussionist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Music Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan in 2018. During is time at U of M, he has collaborated with the Michigan Chamber Players, the Detroit Chamber Winds, and was a featured performer with the University of Michigan Symphony Band. In fall 2017, he performed alongside members of the New York Philharmonic percussion section in a concert series titled Off the Grid, which was organized and funded by the University Musical Society.
In addition to his commission and consortium efforts as a soloist, Anthony actively commissions new works for his co-founded percussion/tuba duo, BrassTaps. Since the group's genesis in 2016, they have commissioned, composed, and arranged multiple works to expand the tuba and percussion repertoire. BrassTaps aims to merge genres and musical aesthetics in their performances by programming music that is contemplative, evocative, and accessible.
Mirage Pour Marimba- Yasuo Sueyoshi
Psappha- Iannis Xenakis
Catapult- Ken Thomson
Music for Tuba and Mallet Instruments- Erik Lund
Performance: 2017, BrassTaps Duo
Epiphany for tuba and mabimba- Anthony DeMartinis
Performance: 2020, BrassTaps Duo
Threads- Paul Lansky
Performance: 2018, Anthony DeMartinis, Griffin Harvey, Jonathan Mashburn, Colin McCall
BrassTaps is a tuba & percussion duo founded by Anthony DeMartinis and Evan Zegiel in 2016. DeMartinis and Zegiel have extensive experience performing in the Southeast Michigan area, bringing their unique brand of chamber music to universities, public schools, and local venues. BrassTaps has commissioned, arranged, and composed multiple works for tuba and percussion duo, and continues to seek out new and established composers for commissioning projects in order to expand the available repertoire for tuba and percussion.
House of Hummingbirds
This full-length debut from House of Hummingbirds blends poetry with a post-rock and punk aesthetic. The music is at times reflective, at others aggressive, and still yet inspirational. Compared by fans to "An American Prayer" by Jim Morrison and The Doors, the "Here, Hear." EPs by La Dispute, and the poems of Shane Koyczan, this collection hovers between genres and styles with grace and intensity. -Evan Zegiel
A link to our album, House of Hummingbirds, can be found here.
Vocals and Guitar: Evan Zegiel
Guitar: Ben Harmsen
Bass Guitar and Sound Engineer: Nelson T. Gast
Drums: Anthony DeMartinis