Real Good for Free: The Drum Boogie Festival, 9/19/09

September 17th, 2009, 11:17 am by Greg

Yes, it’s an unfortunate name that makes us think of a big bunch of guys smoking pot and drinking 40-ouncers in the park on a Saturday afternoon while they pound away on mismatched conga drums.

Ah, that’s not what this is. Not by a longshot.

Celebrating the various global traditions of drumming, the free Drum Boogie Festival takes place in Cornell Park in Kingston’s Rondout Historic District on Saturday, September 19. The fest begins with an opening ceremony at 12noon featuring 100 drummers.

Here’s the rest of the mind-boggling line-up of powerhouse percussionists:

12noon: Opening ceremony
12:30pm: The Jack DeJohnette Trio featuring former E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious and Roberto Quintero
1:30pm: Pook, children’s percussion orchestra
2:10pm: Liam Teague, solo pan drummer
2:30pm: Nexus, contemporary percussion ensemble featuring Bob Becker, Russell Hartenberger, Bill Cahn & Garry Kvistad with guests Liam Teague and Tasa & Rob
3:30pm: Silver Cloud Native American Singers and Drummers
4:10pm: Liam Teague, solo pan drummer
4:30pm: The Not-So-Traditional American Rudimental Drummers featuring Dominic Cuccia, Therese Cuccia and Nick Attanasio with guests Nexus
5:10pm: Giri Mekar Balinese Gamelan Orchestra with dancers
5:50pm: The Jerry Marotta Band featuring Tony Levin, Pete Levin, Jesse Gress
6:50pm: The closing Drum Boogie featuring the Jerry Marotta Band, NEXUS, Liam Teague, Tasa & Rob, more

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Hang Drum Solo

June 29th, 2009, 9:51 am by Sara

Dante Bucci is a master of the hang-drum, (pronounced “hung”) a hollow metal flying-saucer-shaped instrument played with two hands. It sounds a little like a steel drum, but a more resonant and a lot less plinky. Apparently they’re devilishly hard to obtain, as only a limited number are hand built in Switzerland every year.

In the Bernese German language, Hang refers to the human hand, as in “hand-drum.” This percussion instrument is comprised of two metal hemispheres bonded together: the DING side and the GU side.

The DING side CONTAINS 8 tone fields which together form the “tone circle” (scale or mode). This circle surrounds a central dome, called the DING (which sounds like a Gong).

On the GU side, there is a hand size hole (called the GU) for sound resonance. The GU can be played like an udu, or used to modulate the sound of the DING.

Here he is performing his composition “Fanfare” on two drums – a D minor pentatonic on his lap, an F major on his right.


May 1st, 2009, 9:32 am by Sara


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