Lee Forrest Ferguson is no stranger to diversity, having played Bossa Nova, Irish Trad, Rock, Heavy Metal, and Jazz Fusion, as well as Baroque and Classical chamber and symphonic music.
As a performer of new music, Lee works mostly in solo and chamber music genres, and plays with the Holst Sinfonietta, the New Music initiative, SUONO MOBILE, and is one half of duo Contour. A founding member of the Black Forest Percussion Group, he instigated in 2016 their performance of Steve Reich’s Drumming. He collaborates with percussionist/composer Michael Kiedaisch, flutist Helga Zuccaro, the sound artist, Ephraim Wegner, pianist/improviser/composer Thomas Wenk and the graphic designer, SUAN. Committed to the dissemination of new music, Lee has conceived music education projects such as Paper Music and Spielzeug Music.
Lee Forrest Ferguson studied as a scholarship student at the University of Iowa under Thomas L. Davis (1991-5). In 1995 he received a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance, and then was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Bernhard Wulff at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany (1996-8). Lee was a member of the Freiburger Schlagzeugensemble, which received first prize in the Wettbewerb der deutschen Musikhochschulen for the category ‘New Music’ (Leipzig 1998). He has played with Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Surplus, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, MusikFabrik NRW and ensemble chronophonie.
He is a percussion instructor at the Jugendmusikschule Südlicher Breisgau in Staufen and Musikschule Südschwarzwald in Waldshut-Tiengen, Southwest Germany.