Alyssa Resh is an active chamber, solo, and orchestral percussionist in Philadelphia.
January is always a busy month for me - not only is it the start of a new year, but it's also my birthday month! Around this time, I always reflect on all of the amazing opportunities I've had in my (almost!) 26 years of living. 2019 was an exciting year full of so many incredible collaborations and performances - some highlights include: graduating and putting on my master's recital (with all my amazing musician friends who joined me!), getting 2nd place in the Black Swamp Solo Percussion Competition, performing for George Crumb with the Arcana New Music Ensemble, premiering an opera at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with ENA Ensemble, spending a summer in Maine at the Atlantic Music Festival, premiering a brand new work by David Vayo, putting together a mallet festival at the Barnes Foundation, and recording a rock album. It was a busy year, but it was a great one! I'm so thankful to everyone who's taken a chance on me - whether to see me perform, ask me to play their piece, or invite me to one of their shows. Philadelphia is such a thriving music community, and I'm so happy to be a small part of it. Love my city!
2020 is gearing up to be another busy year for me. In the next few months, I'll be performing a work by David First with the Arcana New Music Ensemble (scored for piano + 4 percussionists), and performing a piece by Alexis Lamb for speaking percussionist - Familiar - at Yale. I've also recently started drumming for a new band, Lizdelise, and there are plans for a big tour in March. Around this time, most people start to look at summer festival opportunities - but I've decided to take a much needed summer off. As someone who's been hustling hard for 10+ years, I'm trying to prioritize my mental health and well-being in 2020. Burnout is a common issue with young musicians today, and I've felt that monster creeping in recently, especially since I started a new teaching job. I'm looking forward to seeing what sort of creative freedom a small break will give me, and I'm hoping it will set me up well for a big push in the fall! To anyone reading this, I hope your 2020 brings you the rest and joy you need as well. Here's to a year of taking care of ourselves!