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William Winant

Continuing Lecturer in Music - Percussion

William Winant will be available for lessons starting the first Wednesday of the Fall 2020 Quarter (Oct. 7tn, 2020).  Please contact in advance:

Concurrent affiliations: principal percussionist, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players; artist-in-residence, Mills College (Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio), John Zorn Chamber Ensemble, Mr. Bungle, Mark Morris Dance Group, extra percussionist for San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; faculty, UC Berkeley. Performances: Cabrillo Music Festival, Pierre Boulez with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Kronos String Quartet, Steve Reich and musicians, Yo-Yo Ma, Oingo Boingo, Charles Wourinen, and Frank Zappa. Interests: performance of new works for solo and multiple percussion, and integration of this medium with analog and digital electronics; world music, especially Balinese, Javanese, and South Indian Classical Carnatic music. Performances: in collaboration with Anthony Braxton, Gordon Mumma, Alvin Lucier, Lou Harrison, John Cage, Iannis Xennakis, Danny Elfman, Ralph Shapey, Terry Riley, Sonic Youth, and John Zorn. Recordings: more than 100 recordings of new music, rock, and jazz, including works by Lou Harrison (New Albion), the Glenn Spearman Double Trio (Black Saint), Siouxsie and the Banshees (Polydor), Mr. Bungle (Warner Brothers), Sonic Youth (Geffen Records, SYR4), and the sound track of Tim Burton’s film Batman Returns (Warner Brothers). Pedagogical philosophy: emphasis on the study of musics from Western and non-Western cultures and on solo and ensemble performance.

831 459 2292 (message)
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Music Center 115
Office Hours: 

Normally 12-5pm on Wednesdays, but able to accommodate on other days since it will all be remote anyway, they just need to reach out via text 510-213-5905....via email <> or <> to arrange lesson times.


I can take beginners as well as more advance students, audition not really necessary, just need to talk directly with students, this includes percussion ensemble as well.


Percussion Ensemble will be on Wednesdays 5-6 Open to all! You can let them know we will be doing some special shelter in place pieces by UCSC graduate composers, and music by Pauline Oliveros, and John Cage as well.

Education and Training: 
B.F.A., York University
M.F.A., Mills College