Circle Atsia for Drumset

This video features a 2003 performance of Kevin O’Sullivan, a Fulbright Scholar, performing “Atsiã” that he orchestrated on drum set. According to Kevin, “Atsiã” was created by the Ewe-speaking people of Ghana. It is considered by many to be one of the oldest styles of music and dance among the Ewes. “Atsiã” is a social dance. In the Ewe language atsiã means “style” or “to display.” “Atsiã” as a piece is comprised of drumming, dance and songs collectively. (more…)

The Black Page – Frank Zappa

Today is Frank Zappa Birthday and in honor of his special day, we would like to share one of his most famous pieces for drum set, The Black Page. This video features Terry Bozzio and Steve Vai with the Zappa plays Zappa band. The video begins with the Black Page #1, which was originally written as a solo for Terry Bozzio. He explains:

Zappa wrote it because we had done this 40-piece orchestra gig together and he was always hearing the studio musicians in LA that he was using on that talking about the fear of going into sessions some morning and being faced with ‘the black page’. So he decided to write his “Black Page”. Then he gave it to me, and I could play parts of it right away. But it wasn’t a pressure thing, it just sat on my music stand and for about 15 minutes every day for 2 weeks before we would rehearse, I would work on it. And after 2 weeks I had it together and I played it for him. And he said, “Great!” took it home, wrote the melody and the chord changes, brought it back in. And we all started playing it. (Reference)

The second part, which features guitarist Steve Vai, is the Black Page #2. After the popularity of the Black Page #1, Zappa decided to write a melody so the entire band could perform this piece.

Has anyone ever played the Black Page? Let us know your thoughts and experiences with this piece. Leave a comment below.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on December 21, 2010.

Stanton Moore Trio performs Squash Blossom

We are into Day 3 of 2010 PASIC and the convention is going great! Tonight’s evening concert features the Stanton Moore Trio. Before the concert, check out this video of the Stanton Moore Trio with Robert Walter (Hammond B-3) and Will Bernard (guitar). The trio performs “Squash Blossom” live at the KEXP (Seattle) studio. Recorded 5/15/10.

Are you planning on attending the concert at PASIC tonight? What is your favorite Stanton Moore Trio album? Let us know. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on November 12, 2010.

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