Jessica C Griggs

Producer - Audio Engineer - Music Writer

Current projects

Up/Down Percussion ensemble

 Left to Right - Jonathan Mashburn, Jordan Walsh, Joel Castro, and James Klausmeyer. 

Left to Right - Jonathan Mashburn, Jordan Walsh, Joel Castro, and James Klausmeyer. 

"Hailing from Columbus, Georgia, Up/Down is a percussion quartet dedicated to the performance of new music at the highest standard. Consisting of Joel Castro, James Klausmeyer, Jonathan Mashburn, and Jordan Walsh, the group regularly performs both as a quartet and in smaller duo and trio settings. Notable recent projects have included performances at the 2014 Columbus Minimalism Symposium, the 2015 Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar, an appearance in Clayton State University’s Educational Series, and the 2015 PASIC Chamber Competition. Up/Down’s repertoire ranges from the works of veteran composers like Steve Reich and Jacob TV to newer contributions by Jason Treuting and Wally Gunn. The group is currently on hiatus as its members pursue graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Columbus State University. The group will be reuniting at the Schwob School of Music in the summer of 2017 to record an album of six new commissions."

Currently the manager, recording engineer, and producer for Up/Down. 

Follow them at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @updownpercussion.

Or check out their website www.updownpercussion.org.


Turning up the volume

Turning Up the Volume is a collection of interviews that focuses on the individual stories of up and coming musicians in American classical music. These interviews explore topics of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and disability as they apply to historically underrepresented artists. But most importantly, Turning Up the Volume is a platform for these musicians to share their experiences in their own words.

 


Past Recording projects

roots

Up/Down's debut album. Release set for December 2017.  CD's Recording Engineer and Co-producer.  Music videos can be found below. 

"An Absolute Insufficiency of Electricity" takes its name from a particularly evocative chapter title in Haruki Murakami's novel "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle." In this chapter (no spoilers, I promise), the reader observes a married man an engaged woman share a single night together in a hotel room, never more than embracing, but forced in their embrace to confront the "absolute insufficiency of electricity" they both so distinctly feel in their lives.
Fixtures in the Fold was composed in spring of 2017. Prior to composing the work, a memoir I had been reading by musician/artist/poet Patti Smith had me thinking a great deal about the relationship between objects and memory. In her memoir, Smith looks to objects she has collected throughout her life to lend meaning to the present moment.

Full tilt

The second CD release of the Columbus State University Trombone Ensemble. A beautiful album that captures the versatility of the instrument. 

I had the prilivage of being the producer and recording engineer on this album, and can not contain my excitement for this project. If you are looking to buy a copy, CDs can be found of the Columbus State University Trombone website. 


Vital Signs

The solo CD of George Curran, the bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. A fantastic album that features compositions by Bourgeois, Gillingham, Gershwin, and many more. 

I had the opportunity of being the recording engineer, co-producer, and tape-op on this CD, and am extremely proud of the product. If you are interested in purchasing a copy or track off the album that can be found on iTunes. 


Legacy 

The CD of the Southeastern Trombone Symposium. A group effort from some of the greatest trombonist in the world. This CD truly encapsulates the essence of the trombone. 

I had the opportunity to be the assistant recording engineer on this project, and had a wonderful time working with these great musicians. If you are interested in buying a copy of the album, the CD can be found on the Schwob School of Music homepage. 


HORIZON

One of Gerry Pagano's, bass trombonist of the St. Louis Symphony, many solo CD's. A great album that captures beautiful melodic bass trombone playing. 

I had the privilege of being the assistant recording engineer and tape-op on this project. If you would like to purchase the CD, you can find it on Discogs.