Hear new drumset compositions and drum and bass improvisations from Greg Harrison, plus Ryan Maguire demonstrates the technology behind The Ghost in the MP3.
(above - amazing cover of Daft Punk by Greg Harrison)
You asked for solo drumset - we're giving you solo drumset. Hear and learn about the intricacies of the drum and bass style from an incredibly creative player. Greg Harrison has a graduate degree in classical percussion but is better known for his experiments with drum and bass, and his explorations that blend cutting edge technology with incredible virtuosic acoustic beats. This show features Monkey Chant by Glenn Kotche (WIlco) - a loose transcription of Balinese Monkey Chant on 'prepared snare drum", and Gregory's own work for drumset, electronics and split-second sampling.
GREGORY HARRISON | Drummer
Gregory Harrison (MMus., BMus.) is a freelance percussionist in Toronto. He has performed with a variety of artists/groups such as Cirque du Soleil, Reuben and the Dark, Video Games Live, R. Murray Schafer, Fred Penner, Mark Duggan, Beverley Johnston, and the Rose Orchestra to name a few.
As an accompanist, Greg plays regularly for the dance studios of the National Ballet of Canada, Ryerson University, Toronto Dance Theatre, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Ballet Jorgen (George Brown College). He has also been commissioned to compose works for CCDT, Random Acts of Dance (Fringe), Nuit Blanche, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, and Father John Redmond School.
Greg currently plays kit with his electronic groups: Falcon Punch (Blood and Biscuits, UK), b=d, and Monarch of Leisure. He is also the founding member of the Toronto-based marimba duo, Taktus. Their debut album Glass Houses for Marimba (Centrediscs) was included in CBC’s Top 10 Classical Albums of 2015.
Greg also keeps close ties with his hometown Fredericton, N.B., where is regularly performs with Theatre New Brunswick and NB Summer Music Festival. He also the co-creator of FUZE Fest, an annual contemporary music festival held every August in downtown Fredericton.
Recipient of many awards, Greg Harrison was granted the SABIAN/PASIC award, granted to one promising Canadian university percussion student.
RYAN MAGUIRE | artist
Inspired by the infinity of the cosmos, the indeterminacy of the subatomic, and the complexity of life, Ryan Maguire explores the boundaries between the natural world, human experience, and the technologies that act as intermediaries between the two. His work is equal parts technical virtuosity and folk humanism, blurring lines between composition & improvisation, sound & video, acoustic & electric, deterministic & stochastic, fabricated & hand-crafted, analog & digital, lo-fi & high tech, and ultimately between poetry & science. He plays stringed instruments and programs computers, molds materials and builds circuits, writes essays and sings songs. Currently a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia, Ryan earned his B.A. in Physics and taught math before completing postgraduate degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music and Dartmouth College in Composition and Digital Musics, respectively.