or a thousand ways to make love - FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
On March 8th, 2013, Snarky Puppy and a host of special guests convened at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke VA. The project was to record a series of live performances in audio and video that would bring attention and benefit to the ongoing work of the center. The Jefferson Center is a non-profit arts organization that is revitalizing a key neighborhood in Roanoke with the restoration of Jefferson High School and the renovation of the Shaftman Performance Hall. The hall brings world class music to the local community through the Music Lab, providing education and recording space for local children.
"Whirled Beat". Seattle-area boy (age 10 at time of publish) enjoys exploring the undiscovered, percussive sounds of household appliances. He also owns a Pearl drum kit (as well as a Pearl cajon), has been taking lessons for over a year, but is mainly self-taught in general percussion. His main inspirations are Neil Peart and Buddy Rich.
A meeting of creative minds: Jamie Cullum, Roli and RiffRaff Films join forces in this Music Tech Fest Special. Seaboard inventor and CEO of ROLI, Roland Lamb meets Jamie Cullum to demo The Seaboard, a new musical instrument which bridges the gap between acoustic and digital music by putting the control of pitch, volume and timbre right at your fingertips.
Rare recordings were captured by Max Emil when he encountered four heavily bearded drummers in their natural environment, having a heated discussion about … uhm… eh…, anyway it’s exciting to see how this species is communicating to each other by using their wooden and leathern communication tools.”
I had an unusual request to the four drummers that took part in this musical conversation. On the basis of improvisation, the musicians were asked to drum like they were talking - and engage a heated discussion. I thereby led the conversation by showing them command cards to which they had to react in real-time. In this video you only see the reaction and the discussion itself, but not me showing the cards.
The concept’s idea goes back to the thought of music as a communication tool (e.g. “talking drums”) and how metre, rhythm, pulse/speed and pauses feature our language. So, what are you drumming about?
"This is something I did relaxing in the Summer on residency at Hangar Barcelona, while drinking horchata. It doesn’t get very algoravey until towards the end. Check http://algorave.com/ artists section for some algorave videos.”