Members: Sean Clark, Michael Downing, Peyton Esraelian, Robert Strong
Orphiq (or-fik) means “beyond ordinary.” The quartet, formed in 2017, is gaining rapid notoriety in Central California for their extremely engaging performances and musical expression. The members share a love of new music as evidenced by two new commissions within the first month of the group's existence, including a work for marimba quartet and electronics, and a piece by the renowned composer James Wood. The commissions will be the centerpiece of a five day tour of Northern California in March 2018, including a performance at the Arcata Playhouse near the Marimba One factory. The member’s backgrounds include a university professor, international marimba performers, and the former center snare for the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. The group also seeks to educate young musicians on the joys of marimba performance and the need for a balanced percussion education.
Orphiq is proud to be a Marimba One Ensemble Artist and plays exclusively on Marimba One Marimbas and the new One Vibe.