Monday, February 21, 2011

Manuel Barrueco's Playing of 'Danza Caracteristica' of Leo Brouwer With Bill Harris on Drums on Vimeo

[Leo Brouwer]

The Afro-Cuban composer, guitarist and conductor Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is profiled at The experiment of drummer Bill Harris combines classical music with a drum set in a 2-minute video on Vimeo:
Danza Caracteristica for guitar performed by Manuel Barrueco. Original composition by Leo Brouwer.
The percussive arrangements in this video were composed and arranged by myself. Pianist and writer Ethan Iverson proposes a good question concerning jazz, classical, and the idea of 'Third Stream' music: what does the drummer do? I've been interested in the idea of a rubato melody from the perspective of rhythm and the drum kit, and how to compensate in such a situation. This is no new or groundbreaking idea...I was just trying it out for myself. Playing with an actual classical guitar player would, of course, be more difficult due to dynamics. Maybe this is ridiculous in this context, but it was a fun experiment.
Drumming by Bill Harris.
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