Greg Jukes is a percussionist and narrator who is passionate about hybrid arts performances in which the performer is musician, actor, and dancer all at once. He developed his hybrid arts skills in the educational performing arts ensemble Tales & Scales with which he performed in front of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and at Florida’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Performances also included shows and workshops in over one hundred elementary schools, libraries, and community spaces across the country. These experiences lead him to his current work with The Fourth Wall, where he continues to develop innovative hybrid arts performances.
As an orchestral narrator, Greg has performed with several orchestras around the nation. So far, he has reached over 30,000 young people in twenty performances of Russell Peck’s The Thrill of the Orchestra with the National Philharmonic. In a 2011 collaboration with the Delaware Symphony, Greg created and performed a new script for Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and narrated Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. He has also co-hosted and narrated young audiences shows with the Evansville Philharmonic and Columbia Orchestras.
An avid orchestral percussionist, Greg has performed under conductors such as David Robertson, Gustav Meier, Emmanuel Villaume, and Marin Alsop at festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Campos do Jordão Winter Festival in Brazil. Greg currently performs with the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras. In January 2011, he headed out to sea with the inaugural Symphonic Voyages cruise and its newly formed orchestra led by Larry Rachleff. Greg was the percussion fellow for the Atlantic Music Festival in the summer of 2011, during which he performed as the timpanist of the Festival Orchestra and premiered ten new works for mixed ensembles.
Outside of the orchestra world, Greg has pursued a wide variety of other genres. He has played with the rock band, The Greatest City in America; the eclectic No Signal ensemble, which featured jazz standards, musical comedy, and contemporary music; an electro-acoustic improvisation trio; and numerous chamber music groups in the D.C. area and all over Indiana.
Greg is a dedicated music educator committed to engaging young people in the arts. He currently works as an instructor for the Indianapolis Symphony’s Neighborhood Harmony program and teaches percussion privately and at schools in and around Indianapolis.Greg graduated from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he had the honor of studying with Robert van Sice, Svet Stoyanov, Tom Freer, and So Percussion. He has collaborated with conductors David Amado and Ken Lam; directors Gary Race, Diane Brewer, and Mark Rigney; and hybrid artists Hilary Abigana, Jason Gresl, and C. Neil Parsons.