Four percussionists from Latin America residing in Holland created Ear Massage in December 2004. Specializing in contemporary percussion music repertoire, EM encompasses a wide range of styles and genres. By combining elements of theatre, dance, and improvisation with both western and ethnic instruments the result is an extremely versatile ensemble. With its mix of influences EM presents a unique quality of warmth, modesty and astonishing interpretation.
Third Prize at International Percussion Quartet Competition, Luxembourg 2005.
The group is committed to working in close collaboration with composers, commissioning new pieces as well as creating its own works. The members of EM perform with chamber music ensembles such as: Percussion Group The Hague, Atlas Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Ziggurat, Axyz Ensemble, Insomnio, Maarten Altena, Soil, The Barton Workshop, Modelo 62 and Electronic Hammer. They have also been invited to work with Asko and Schoenberg Ensembles, Anumadutchi, Ives Ensemble, Amsterdam Percussion Group, Camerata de las Américas and Tambuco among others. Their performances range from electro-acoustic music to live electronics and video. EM has performed throughout The Netherlands and at festivals such as the Taipei International Percussion Convention 2005, Junio Musical Mexico 2006, Chinch Festival Belgrade 2006, Majestic Drum Festival Hong Kong 2006 and Mexicaanse Componisten Muziekgebouw Amsterdam 2007. Ear Massage play Adams instruments and Sabian cymbals.
Ear Massage is: José García - Juan Martinez - Lester Rodríguez - Diego Espinoza