Drumhand: A Rhythmic Feast Returns to Toronto
Toronto-based DRUMHAND is a rhythmic experience not to be missed. The band will be touring their alternately funky and ethereal world music and jazz works from April through to August.
Founded in 2008 by percussionists David Chan (Shoot the Cameraman), Larry Graves (Mr. Something Something) and Steve Mancuso (PHD), DRUMHAND features the horn work of Marcus Ali (Cruzao/Jason Wilson) and Rebecca Hennessy (Woodshed Orchestra, Hobsonʼs Choice).
Utilizing unusual percussive instrumentation from around the globe, such as the one-stringed berimbau of Brazil and the box-shaped gome foot drum of West Africa, the group also explores more melodic composition on the atenteban flute of Ghana with saxophones, brass and vocal work in several different languages. The result is an edgy, accessible and sometimes haunting musical experience that sometimes draws comparisons to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Charles Mingus, Weather Report and Fela Kuti
Marcus Ali: Saxophones/Flutes/
David Chan: Percussion/Voice
Larry Graves: Percussion/Voice/
Rebecca Hennessy: Trumpet/Voice
Stefano Mancuso: Percussion/Voice