Cory Hills - Multi-percussionist, composer, and improviser Cory Hills thrives on breaking down musical barriers through creative, interdisciplinary projects. He has received degrees from Northwestern University, Queensland Conservatorium, and the University of Kansas, and was awarded a research fellowship to Institute Fabrica.
Currently, Hills is active performer, composer, and recording artist in Los Angeles, as well as a member of the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. An advocate of new music, Hills has individually commissioned and premiered over 70 new works for percussion. He has given solo and chamber recitals across Europe, Australia, The United States, Mexico, and China. These include a featured performance for the International Society of Improvised Music, the Days of New Music Festival in Chisinau, Moldova, the Queensland Music Festival, the Ravello Concert Festival, the Venice Art Biennale, four PASIC conventions, and the Morelia Percussion Festival. An advocate for percussion as an artistic discipline, Hills has been the artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park, Conservatorio de Las Rosas (Morelia, Mexico), and a fellow at the OMI international artists colony. Percussive Storytelling, a program that brings classical music and storytelling to kids in fun and accessible ways, was launched by Hills while he was a fellow at Institute Fabrica. The program recently marked its 320th performance, and has reached more than 22,000 children in eight countries. For this work, Hills has been the recipient of numerous arts grants, and was named the 2009 Emerging Artist through the Kansas Arts Commission.
The Lost Bicycle, Hills debut solo CD of percussive stories, has received four national parenting and creative arts awards (NAPPA Parents Awards Gold, Parents Choice Award Silver, World Storytelling Honors Award, and a Creative Child preferred choice). Hills is an artist for Innovative Percussion, Remo, Yamaha, Sabian, and Black Swamp Percussion.