Gregory Harrison (MMus., BMus.) is a busy freelance percussionist in the Greater Toronto Area. Greg has performed with a variety of artists/groups such as Cirque du Soleil, Toronto Pops Orchestra, Video Games Live, R. Murray Schafer, Fred Penner, Mark Duggan, Beverley Johnston, and the Rose Orchestra to name a few. He recently toured North America with Canada's Reuben and the Dark, supporting Vance Joy's National Tour.
As an accompanist, Greg plays regularly for the dance studios of the National Ballet of Canada, Ryerson University, Toronto Dance Theatre, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Ballet Jorgen (George Brown College). He has also been commissioned to compose works for The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Random Acts of Dance (Fringe), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, and Father John Redmond School.
His debut marimba composition, Echoes No.1 for Marimba and Delay was released in 2015 under Keyboard Percussion Publications (US).
Greg currently plays kit with his electronic groups: Falcon Punch (Blood and Biscuits, UK), b=d, and Monarch. He is also the founding member of his marimba duo, Taktus. They recently released their debut album Glass Houses for Marimba (Centrediscs), of which they have been receiving critical acclaim, including making CBC's Top 10 Classical Albums of 2015.
As an active educator, Greg is on faculty at the Acadia Summer Music Academy and teaches privately at his home studio in Toronto. He is also gives lectures at various high schools on “effective and efficient practicing” among other music-related topics.
Greg also keeps close ties with his hometown Fredericton, N.B., where is regularly performs with Theatre New Brunswick and NB Summer Music Festival. He also the co-creator of FUZE Fest, an annual contemporary music festival held every August in downtown Fredericton.
Recipient of many awards, Greg Harrison was granted the SABIAN/PASIC award, granted to one promising Canadian university percussion student.