DRUMHAND is a five-piece percussive powerhouse, their sound is a glorious global brew that is at once primal and avant-garde, driven by the irresistible pairing of drums to horns. Through their infectious hybrid of sounds, Toronto audiences will be moved to dance on September 20th at C’est What (67 Front St East) at the party to celebrate the new release.
DRUMHAND sets a colourful stage with sax and trumpet lines traversing the shores of Brazil and Cuba, by way of Ghana and the Crescent City. The urgency of the drums, the stop-and-start nature of their multi-syncopated attack and the otherworldly skronks from strong, well-placed brass punctuations have created a progressive template for live shows.
Think front-line marches with enough singing and rhythmic shouts to keep you guessing and moving to the substantial groove. Point and counterpart merge with jazz-like squalls of sax, punchy trumpet blasts and forward-looking attitude. Their goal, as a band, is to spur movement. Offering up well-rounded orchestrations and rich polyrhythmic textures, the ensemble work recalls the spark and soul of Osibisa and the resilient, restless spirit of the N’awlin’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band. “Lullaby for the Neighbours” is the muse’s response to a neighbour’s noise complaints: driven by a chorus of hand drums and layers of sax. The title track – with a tip of the hat to travel and motion, their tendency to march through a crowd – approaches a jazz feel with its dramatic horn interplay and criss-cross rhythms. “River Parade” chronicles a scene on the Gatineau River, featuring buoyant rhythms and aggressive horn movements, while “Get Ready” explodes with the eternally happy sound of drums driving drums and a chorus of voices egging them on into the mood of the dance zone. A happy, joyful sound to buoy a world tired of being beaten down by hardship. DRUMHAND is all about celebrating life and of providing a soundtrack for those in need of uplifting.
-Lisa Weitz LW Communications www.lwcommunications.ca
Some creative writing about our LulaWorld show by CASHBOX Mag:
DRUMHAND has been offered a chance to perform in Hungary this coming July. We are trying to make it a little more viable through the addition of a few more dates... maybe make a European tour out of it. Please get in touch with us if you know anyone (or are someone) who may be interested in having the band come and perform. Thanks in advance. firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy 2012 friends!
DRUMHAND is back in music-making action with a bunch of new material, inspired by some recent travels and global events, to be featured in our up-coming concerts. We will be touring quite a lot throughout Ontario and eastern Canada through the winter and spring with a number of performances and drumming workshops in schools and music venues. A big thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their recent financial support! Time to get the tour van tuned-up...
First up for us this year in the concert department is a series of events in February that include an encore performance at the Mercury Lounge (Ottawa) on February 23rd presented by Up & Up concert series (http://upandupmusic.ca/home.html) and another date at Les Pas Sages in Montréal on February 22nd (http://www.barlespassages.com/).
We are working on some exciting programming this year and we'll keep you all updated as the details become available. In the meantime, please help us to spread the DRUMHAND word and come out for some danceable percussion-based jazz at a venue near you.
Here is a fun (and funny) clip for that was posted on YouTube by an audience memeber at last year's Toronto busker Festival. It features our new secret executive member, Mr. Chevalier (maybe you were there):
DRUMHAND is on a short break from touring until early 2012. Thanks for all your support this year and we plan to have lots of new music for you in the new year!
Please check back regularly for concert up-dates and some new recordings that we are working on.
All the best for holiday season! DRUMHAND
Movember is well under way and DRUMHAND is diligently working on grooming moustache stylings. Please check out our MOSPACE (http://ca.movember.com/mospace/2645676/) page and consider making a donation in support of men's health issues.
Also, in concert news, we have a couple of updates/changes to let you know about:
We will be performing our last Toronto show of the year at the Emmet Ray (924 College St) on December 1st, 9:30pm (this show will replace our December 3rd show at C'est What).
DRUMHAND will then play at The Pearl Company Theater in Hamilton on Saturday, December 3rd for our last show of 2011. 8pm/$15.
Look forward to seeing you! DRUMHAND
The end of the summer season is upon us and DRUMHAND has had a very active couple of weeks. Maybe some of you were around the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto a couple of weeks ago for the Busker Festival? We performed alongside various acts from all over the world: circus artists; jugglers; fire-breathers and clowns...
Dancing in the streets and money raised for Epilepsy Toronto! Yeah.
September offers a few concerts for the group, including a spot at the up-coming Small World Music concert at Yonge & Dundas Square. DRUMHAND will be playing at 2pm:
We’ll also be taking part in ‘Culture Days’ presented by the Toronto Public Library on October 1st. DRUMHAND will be performing 2 family shows at the Highland Creek branch between 1:30 and 4pm. These are free performances; all ages welcome!!
If you prefer to enjoy a beverage or food with your live music, that same night we’ll be performing at Mitzi’s Sister on Queen St. (http://www.mitzis.ca/sister.html) as special guests for the Dead Letters from Winnipeg. 9pm.
October also brings us to Canada’s east coast for the first time. Please let your maritime friends know we are coming. Some dates below... more to come.
After many miles in other band's tour vans (and Steve on the PHD tour circuit), DRUMHAND members reunite for a busy few months of concerts in Ontario and Eastern Canada.
In recent news, DRUMHAND is honoured to have been chosen to be part of the Canadian World Music Catalogue (Canadianworldmusic.com), which will be launching it's new website on August 12th. Please have a look... lots of great Ontario-based acts being showcased this year!
If you haven't already, please check out this short video that we put together from some of our live dates from earlier this summer:
This Saturday the group will perform in Westport, ON (near Kingston/Ottawa) as part of the Music Westport Festival on August 13th:
(DRUMHAND is scheduled to perform at 2pm)
We will also be featured at this year's Toronto Busker Festival. DRUMHAND will be performing a number of sets throughout the weekend of August 26-28, please check the festival site for details:
After a very busy June, DRUMHAND is laying low (and maybe far away) for the July season.
Thanks to all who came out to one (or more) of our recent Ontario tour dates. Fun times and we are pleased to have made many new friends along the way!
Here is a short video (rated PG) that we threw together from some of our recent live dates:
We also posted a demo of one of our latest songs, The Arrival. Let us know what you think... more to come soon, promise.
We'll let you know soon about our up-coming east coast tour and late summer dates. In the mean time, please keep up with us in some other projects we are involved with:
Dave and Larry are currently on tour across Canada with Mr. Something Something. Catch us if you can.
Marcus is playing with Jason Wilson & Co.
Rebecca can been seen in many, many different projects. Here are a couple:
Steve will be working on his Ph.D (ask him about it please) in Brazil and Cuba...