Jordan Walsh is a percussionist, audio engineer, and educator based in Austin, Texas. A proponent of electronics and theater in music, he strives in his solo career to perform the most absurd music with the most genuine fervor. Jordan frequently commissions and performs new works in both chamber and solo settings, with upcoming premieres by composers including Elainie Lillios, Akshaya Avril Tucker, and José Martinez. He has been the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships including the Presser Award, the University of Michigan EXCELerator Grant, and second prize in the 2017 PASIC Chamber Competition. He is a founding member of Up/Down Percussion (GA), prismATX Ensemble (TX), and rock band Almost Educated (GA), and is a member of the Austin based new music collective Density512. Jordan holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate and Teaching Assisstant at UT Austin. Jordan’s primary teachers have included Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, Paul Vaillancourt, Ryan Smith, and Erik Forst.
In addition to his performance career, Jordan maintains an active teaching schedule in the Austin area. His private students in both the Lake Travis ISD and the Leander ISD frequently place at Texas All-State and Region band auditions as well as in the PASIC High School Individuals Competition (2018). He acts as a chamber music coach at UT Austin, where his students placed third in the 2018 PASIC Chamber Competition.
Jordan is also an active audio engineer and producer, working independently as well as for the University of Texas at Austin. He acts as Supervising Audio Engineer for the Vista Ridge High School Marching Band (UIL Texas State Champions 2018), and is in demand as a live engineer in the Austin marching band community. Some of his production credits include Colin McCall’s Bloom, James Markey’s Psychedelia, Peter Steiner’s United, and Up/Down’s Roots. Beyond traditional audio work, Jordan is proficient in both the Max/MSP and SuperCollider audio processing languages, and is a composer and advocate of electroacoustic music. He has acted as Technical Director for the 2020 New Media Art & Sound Summit, New Music Co-Op “Listening In” series, and is the Director of newly minted DensitySOUND record label under Density512. His audio technology teachers have included Andrew Stoltz, Matthew McCabe, Russell Pinkston.