April 11, 1989 |
By the time Louie Bellson got around to taking his seat behind his drums at "An Afternoon of Jazz" at Agoura High School on Sunday afternoon, a nearly full house had already been treated to the impressive big-band sounds of the school's award-winning "A" and "B" jazz ensembles. "They're really an inspiration," Bellson said during the three-hour show's intermission. "They know a lot more, can play a lot better than kids could when I was young." Bellson, who will turn 65 this July and who seems the embodiment of "forever young," fronted a big band composed of the youngsters.
April 23, 2004 |
Rev. TOM KURAI doesn't make a lot of noise about his work, but he makes a lot of noise in his work. The soft-spoken, genial abbot of the Sozenji Zen Buddhist Temple in Montebello ministers with a drum. He spreads the rhythmic word. The roly-poly, the svelte, the young, the elderly, the insecure, the developmentally disabled, the deaf, the blind, even the limbless -- when Kurai sees them, he sees only ... taiko drum players.
August 21, 2008 |
The avant-garde Japanese punk band Boredoms recently recruited 88 drummers to perform the percussion symphony 88BoaDrum at the La Brea Tar Pits, but that would seem to be nothing compared with the 300 children expected to simultaneously pound the skins at Rhythm Child on Sunday at the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. What would possess anyone (anyone who's not Tommy Lee, that is) to encourage a toddler's interest in drums? A firm belief in the musical ability of all children helps Rhythm Child founder Norman Jones take the pain out of percussion.
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February 8, 1998 |
To the casual music fan, drums are Ringo Starr. They're the province of the lead singer's unglamorous opposite, equipment cluttering the rear of the stage, pounded on by figures deep in the shadows. As both drummer and businessman, Remo Belli sees something different. "It ain't all rock 'n' roll," cracked Belli, founder and CEO of Remo Inc., the world's leading seller of drumheads--the skin that drummers hit.
February 20, 1997 |
When it comes to drummer Jacob Armen, wunderkind is an understatement. He could keep perfect time when he was only 8 months old. At 18 months, he was playing a full drum set, and four months later he was performing in public. At 7, he earned standing ovations at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Jacob will celebrate his 16th birthday Saturday with--what else?--a concert with his fusion band at the Cal State Northridge Performing Arts Center.
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November 18, 2013 |
Katherine Hagedorn was not your stereotypical priestess in the Cuba-based Santeria religion, known for its complex, ecstatic drumming that adherents believe can call forth deities. She grew up in New Jersey, was white, had a doctorate in music and was a longtime popular professor at Pomona College. But as a graduate student on a cold, rainy day at Brown University in 1988, she spotted a poster for an upcoming performance by an Afro-Cuban ensemble of drummers and dancers. The performance changed her life.
June 19, 2003 |
In an unbridled display of free-spirited pandemonium, they shout and dance and beat on everything imaginable -- cowbells, congas and timbales; West African djembes, Middle Eastern doumbeks and Jamaican kettledrums; water bottles, buckets, milk crates, cardboard boxes, pots, pans and skateboards. If it were possible to play a kitchen sink, some percussionists would do it. The call of the drum is that loud.
August 23, 1991 |
Earlier this week, during the height of the attempted Soviet coup, drummer Louie Bellson voiced his concern for Mikhail Gorbachev, whom he'd met during one of the Soviet leader's visits to this country. "This man tried his best to further human rights," he said, "and this could take them right back to the Dark Ages."
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December 24, 1995 |
Indian drum maker Mike Kopepassah cuts a spiral rawhide thong from a wet pelt, then laces it through holes in saturated cowhides stretched over and under a gnarled, hollowed-out cottonwood stump. The hides will dry and shrink tight, turning the stump into one of about 20,000 drums produced every year by craftsmen at Taos Drums and sent out worldwide. Some of the company's drums weigh hundreds of pounds, cost thousands of dollars and double as coffee tables.