Loren Mach is passionate about the arts as they relate to our 21st century world and all who inhabit it. A graduate of the Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatories of Music, he has premiered countless solo, chamber, and orchestral works. He is principal percussionist of eco ensemble, principal timpanist of San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, a core member of San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and co-founder of Rootstock Percussion. Mach often performs with the San Francisco Symphony and other Bay area orchestras, but he prefers more intimate projects with groups like Empyrean, Opera Parallel, Earplay, and sfSound. In past summers he has performed at the Ojai Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Music in the Mountains, and currently he is the principal percussionist at the Sierra Summer Festival in Mammoth. In 2011, Mach was awarded an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. A recent favorite experience was performing two fulllength concerts at the 2014 Venice Biennale with eco ensemble, including a special performance of Nagoya Marimbas for Golden Lion lifetime achievement honoree, Steve Reich. Mach’s other passions involve our fundamental relationship to food as a form of communion with others and our interconnectedness with the natural world around us. An avid hiker, climber, kayaker and cyclist, he cherishes time spent outside as an integral part of being alive.