Rheō

by Patrick Graham

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Rheo is a genre-bending collection of percussion-based contemporary chamber/art music. Utilizing his musical expertise on a plethora of percussion instruments and his familiarity with numerous musical traditions, Patrick Graham has partnered with several colleagues and the On Ensemble to create 13 original works that blend world music traditions with contemporary improvisation and composition. Accompanied here by Ben Grossman (vielle a roue), Kaoru Watanabe and Nicholas Williams (flutes), and Debashis Sinha (toy accordion), Graham draws the bulk of his compositional inspiration from India, Japan and the Middle East. Not bound by strict musical partitions, however, Graham frequently juxtaposes traditions and instruments to create an intriguing sound. One example is the opening track, “King Worm,” which combines an Indian sounding drone with Japanese taiko drum patterns. Another example is “Strata,” which sets the electronic sound of the vielle à roue (hurdy-gurdy) against a bodhran groove. This tendency to fuse musical styles gives his compositions a familiarity but from a new vantage point. Percussion is clearly at the center of every track on Rheo, and Graham really delivers on every track. His compositional approaches, groove playing and improvisation make this an excellent percussion recording.
—Terry O’Mahoney, Percussive Notes 83 (Aug/ Sept 2009)

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released February 3, 2009

Produced by Patrick Graham
Engineered and mixed by Claus Frostell
Mastered by John Sellekaers

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Patrick Graham Montréal, Québec

Patrick Graham is an accomplished multi-percussionist, improviser, composer and instructor from Montreal, Canada. Graham’s fascination with percussion and passion for sound has led him on a world-traversing journey, exploring contemporary Western percussion, the frame drumming traditions of the Mediterranean and Middle-East, South Indian rhythm and Japanese taiko. ... more

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