Music for Percussion (Mostly)

Music for Percussion (Mostly)

Mellifluous and Black Earthy
Todd Hammes
Tool and Drum Ensemble
Todd Hammes
Homero Ceron
Paul Gibson
Brian Harris
Colin Jones-Weinert
Dan Kruse
Doug Smith
Norm Weinberg
Catalog Number: 
new classical

Tucson, AZ

Release Date: 
Nov 6, 2007
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
One Sheet: 

Music for Percussion (mostly) contains a collection of compositions by percussionist and composer Todd Hammes. Solo to octet, this recording represents the new breed of American percussionist. Composing and improvising. Classically Western and global. Powerful yet sublime.

The Tool and Drum Ensemble is a collective of percussionists (mostly) who have been assembled to realize the music of Todd Hammes. These performers are classically trained chamber musicians who are chosen to contribute their own talents and identities to the music. In the tradition of the percussion groups Nexus and Black Earth and composers such as John Cage and Lou Harrison. The music moves from intimate to bold, sublime to fun.

Todd Hammes has a clearly developed compositional style. Applying modal shifting of the bass with poly-metric concepts, Todd never loses sight of the feeling of the music and what it conveys.

Eg: The feeling of hope and loss in My Hunter of Dragonflies

Eg: The scurrying of desert creatures and the frenetic energy of the city in Speedway Boulevard: Tucson

Eg: The subtle exploration of memory in Remembering.

Eg: The decadent temper tantrum that is 14+8: A Mood

Eg: The raw power of Inconsistencies.

However, there is the playfulness and joy of Eh Wa Ba Wa Jo and the virtuosic declaration of 4 Steps. And then there is Kalimba on Marimba which exists purely for the “love of the sound”. Then there is the plainly named Marimba, Pan and Tabla; a bold melding of a Barber-esque chorale with an virtuosic North Indian tabla drumming solo.



Star Hammes' new CD is a wonderfully rich work.

by Cathalena E. Burch