Explosive and experimental activist percussion ensemble feat. members of Explode Into Colors and !!!
Secret Drum Band
Fri, January 11, 2019
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmMississippi Studios
$10 ADV / $12 DOS
This event is 21 and over
Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seatinghttps://www.mississippistudios.com/event/1791501/
Secret Drum Band
Secret Drum Band is a percussion ensemble based in Portland, Oregon. Driven by four drummers, each song also employs an array of affected vocals, guitar, and synthesizers, often mimicking sounds found in nature. Founder/composer Lisa Schonberg and composer Allan Wilson document habitats and soundscapes in their compositions, with the goal of drawing attention to issues concerning endangered species, habitat loss, and other environmental issues. Stylistically, Secret Drum Band pull from a unique vantage point, drawing allusions from Liquid Liquid, The Creatures, and Crash Worship, as well as the composers’ previous groups Explode Into Colors and !!! (chk chk chk). Secret Drum Band’s live performances are transportive, an opportune meditation on the relationships between humans, ecology and music. All pieces are carefully scored by Schonberg and Wilson, allowing each musician to realize the complex and intricate arrangements in a live setting. Secret Drum Band's compositions have covered topics such as the endangered bees of Hawaii, the Mojave desert, and logging in Mount Hood National Forest. Secret Drum Band's live performances feature percussionists Schonberg, Wilson, Anthony Brisson, and Zanny Geffel, and a rotating lineup of ambient musicians including Sam Humans, Brian Mumford, and Marcus Fischer. SDB’s recent releases include their first full-length LP Dynamics and Schonberg's EP of her Amazonas compositions, UAU. Secret Drum Band is currently booking shows for a March 2019 tour of Northeastern US states.
The drone is an ark. It is not a negative space. It is a positive void. Its sound is built upon frequencies held steady with no aim. There is no place involved. There is consumption and repetition and shame associated with these activities. There is a world of rhythms and animal repetition. The drone is an ark. It is not a negative space. It is a positive void. It is a place of not knowing what. It can be played backwards and forwards. The drone is made of frequencies held steady with no aim. They have length. There are sensory motor pleasures that rewire consumption machines and there is shame involved. There are chords and they are a puzzle; people are working on the puzzle; the puzzle is the ark. The drone lasts for some time outside of time and inside there are only shapes, and possibly more. If you have shame, you can always make it into a movie instead of a drone. So then you might have left the ark. Shameless cinema is the absent work of drones. The drone is an ark. It is not electricity and also is what it is. It is not a negative space. It is a positive void. It is an ark. Drones are built upon frequencies held steady with no aim, and there is disruption of sensuous pleasures and consumption and repetition and all the shame associated with them. It may or may not be filled with emotion. It has beginnings, endings, inconsistencies and mistakes, or pretends that it does or does not. The drone is and makes perfect and imperfect pairings. The drone is an ark. It is not a negative space. It is a positive void. It is not a place. It is an ark.