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Let There Be Drums!

Let There be Drums is a Four Concert series presented by Small Space Music and The Melbourne Jazz Co-op. Showcasing the music of ten Melbourne drummers in solo, duo and small ensemble settings.

Next gig is
Phil Collings and The Red Triangle + Adam King solo drums

Phil Collings and The Red Triangle with Cheryl Durongpisitkul Alto Sax
Stephen Hornby Double Bass
Performing pieces comp[osed by Phil as a suite inspired by the Harmolodic
compositions of Ornette Coleman that, until now, have not been played together.
There are also some larger through composed pieces that explore the use of
layered groupings and meters, nested rhythms and poly-rhythms.
Another premier work is adapted from a piece written for 3 drummers, piano
and strings, which utilises a time-code score and rhythmic/melodic cells. The
principal idea being to share a supported, improvised platform between the voices in the ensemble within an extended time line.
The Red Triangle is an ensemble that embraces communication and
expression and as such is pretty much as much fun as you want to have!

Adam King solo drums
“Flying Time: New Music for Solo Drumset” Instrumentation: minimalist drumset and Balinese gongs

Early in his career, Adam found inspiration in the traditional and classical music of Bali and South India. In these traditions Adam has performed and collaborated with leading musicians, and it these experiences which have profoundly informed his development as a creative artist. In addition to composing solo drumset music, Adam’s current performance projects include Tripataka – a trio exploring the improvisational possibilities of South Indian rhythm, and Kewti – a trio whose compositions feature microtonal tunings.

This performance will feature a suite of original improvised compositions for solo drumset, each characterised by a distinct sonic realm. The music has emerged in pursuit of the development of a personalised drumset vocabulary which combines layered symmetrical hand patterning, dynamic rotations and extended technique inspired by pindekan (Balinese propellers), equally paired with aesthetic and philosophical concepts associated with Balinese solo drumming. The outcome is intriguing, often cryptic, meditative and chant-like.

Earlier Event: August 28
Jade & Monty @ The Brunswick Green
Later Event: September 15
Jazz Orbit