International Percussion Duo
Lindsey Eastham + Hiromu Nagahama
Lindsey Eastham and Hiromu Nagahama make up the award-winning international percussion duo, EASTHAMA. Their partnership began at California State University Northridge in January of 2014 as they pursued their Bachelor of Music degrees. After a few school-related performances, they quickly realized that they had a strong musical connection that would inevitably push the duo to new heights.
In June of 2014 they won first place at the Southern California International Marimba Competition against duos from around the world. Since then, they have performed as a part of the Southern California Marimba Concert Series and hosted several recitals at Cal State Northridge and Ithaca College. In May of 2016 they taught a masterclass at Cal Poly Pomona on techniques for preparing repertoire and arranging as a duo, as part of their “Percussion in the Music Industry” masterclass series. At Ithaca College, they regularly present in the Studio Repertoire class on topics related to chamber playing, and co-teach undergraduate lessons.
In the summer of 2017 they will be touring as members of the World Percussion Group where they will present recitals and masterclasses at conservatories in the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Belgium, Norway and Denmark.
EASTHAMA is passionate about creating unique interpretations of well-known repertoire as well as premiering new works and original arrangements. In January of 2016, the duo premiered a new work for vibraphone and marimba by Gordon Stout, as well as their original arrangement of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite for marimba, percussion, and electronics at the Southern California Marimba Concert Series. In March of 2017 they performed the US premiere of Contemplations at the Fountain by Maciej Malecki, a concerto for marimba and vibraphone, with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra.
Lindsey Eastham grew up in Claremont, CA where she became involved with music at the age of four and began playing percussion at the age of 13. Lindsey graduated from Cal State Northridge in May of 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance and is pursuing her master’s degree at Ithaca College. She is a former student of Bill Schlitt, John Magnussen, Aaron Smith and Naoko Takada, and currently studies with Gordon Stout.
Hiromu Nagahama is from Fukuoka, Japan, and he started playing percussion at age 12 in middle school. After receiving his first bachelor’s degree in English literature at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, Hiromu moved to California in 2008. After studying for 3 years at Riverside Community College, he transferred to California State University in Northridge to pursue a degree in music. He has studied with John Magnussen, Aaron Smith and Naoko Takada. He returned to Japan after his graduation in the spring 2014, and has since returned to the US to study with Gordon Stout at Ithaca College.