February brings a new video from my upcoming album LUMINA. ‘Kureru (Growing Dark)’ is superbly shot and directed by Youssef Shoufan. This track features an unusual, sculpted iron slit drum called a hamon. Crafted in Japan by Teppei Saito, these instruments are wonderfully intuitive to play and sound amazing. LUMINA has been in the works […]
I was asked by my friends at Timpano Percussion here in Montreal to film a cajon demo video. This is a comparison video that features the shop’s extensive selection of excellent Schlagwerk drums.
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 […]
It’s been a very busy summer season, which unfortunately means I’m quite behind on my improvisation video project. But the good news is that I’ve upgraded my gear (including iPhone 6s and superb Shure MV88 mic) and I’m happy to share a new video for the month of August, ‘Taurus‘. Featured in this improvised duet is […]
In the South Indian music tradition, kanda nadai indicates a flow pattern with 5 sub-divisions per beat. This new improvised solo video for the month of May features one of my closest companions of many years, a Cooperman 20-inch frame drum. I’ve had the pleasure of playing and endorsing Cooperman Drums for a number of […]
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 […]