I’m currently working on several new albums for release over the coming months. These include projects with Olivier Babaz, John Sellekaers, Didem Başar, Small World Project, Constantinople as well as a couple of others. But particularly, I’m happy to announce that I’ll also be releasing a new solo album of improvised percussion pieces, entitled Lumina. […]
Pierre-Yves Martel – viola da gamba, objects; Ben Grossman – vielle à roue; Patrick Graham – percussion Improvisation is the very first music, and is powerful contemporary vehicle for the exploration of relationships of all kinds: aesthetic, cultural, personal, environmental, temporal, and more. Pierre-Yves, Ben and Patrick bring with them a vast range of experience […]
On Sunday, December 16th, I’ll be joining two outstanding musicians, Ben Grossman and Pierre-Yves Martel, for an afternoon of activities under the theme of Improvisation: Ancient Impulse, Contemporary Practice. It will all take place at the Centre des musiciens du monde, in Montréal. 2pm WORKSHOP Improvisation: Ancient Impulse, Contemporary Practice. Improvisation is the very first music, and […]
More new video to share for the month of July. ‘Resonance’ is an solo improvisation featuring Japanese hand cymbals called chappa, part of my ongoing playlist of improvised solos. I have been fascinated by chappa for a couple of decades, since hearing them used to brilliant effect by Kodo. In particular, ex-member Ryutaro Kaneko is responsible for […]
I’m happy to share a new solo percussion video, ‘A Clutter of 7 Cats’. This is part of the series of improvised solos that I started last year. The object of the recordings is to stretch my improvising muscle and showcase unique and unusual instruments and combinations of sounds. This new video features a drum that […]
In 2009 I fell hard for a small US cymbal company called Hammerax. So many beautifully unusual sounds totally sparked my imagination. The fourth video in my improvising playlist, ‘Parallaksis’, features a selection of these unique metal instruments, including a Sheer bell, 6-piece Bell-Vine, Splash-Vine and a Boomywang, as well as (of course) a large […]
Third in the series of short, improvised solos, this one is entitled ‘Skin, Brush, Stone, Bronze’. The okedo-daiko featured in the video was made by Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten. The video was recorded March 15th, at Timpano Percussion Studio.