Hands, sticks and mallets pound out old and new rhythms on weathered skins: global beats for dancing bodies and curious ears! The ensemble was founded by percussionists David Chan, Larry Graves and Steve Mancuso in 2008, combining the circuitous rhythms of West Africa, Cuba, India and Brazil with the jazz-imbued horn work of Marcus Ali and Rebecca Hennessy.
With the energy of New Orleans parade bands and the uplifting spirit of American Roots Music, DRUMHAND is currently at work on their fourth album of original and worldly sounds (supported by The Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council). The Toronto-based group is becoming increasingly known for their innovative, dynamic performances and artistic accessibility for audiences of all ages.
With layered drumming and poly-meter at the core, many of DRUMHAND’s accessible and edgy compositions feature the one-stringed ‘stomach harp’ of Brazil or the box-shaped Gome foot-drum of West Africa alongside flutes and horns from around the globe. The group’s ‘folkloric’-style vocals appear in a variety of languages and sometimes offer audiences a part in the show.
2013 was a landmark year for DRUMHAND, with the success of their third release, CHEER ON THE SUN, and a successful and extensive tour of music festivals and concert venues across Canada. Recent performances include: 2013 TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Guelph International Jazz Festival and Nuit Blanche, SUNFEST (London, ON), The Markham Jazz Festival, and a twenty-four date tour-adventure through Western Canada.
EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCES/DRUMMING WORKSHOPS:
Made up of experienced educators, DRUMHAND offers interactive performances and hands-on percussion/drumming workshops at schools; festivals and community events. Instruments and music from around the world will be experienced: participants of all ages will explore rhythm and melody through drumming compositions, traditional folkloric songs and call-response activities. View:
Marcus Ali: Saxophones, Flutes, Voice
David Chan: Percussion, Voice
Larry Graves: Percussion, Voice
Rebecca Hennessy: Trumpet, Voice
Steve Mancuso: Percussion, Voice