April 3, 2002 (Wed.)
6D celebrates the release of their new CD Simmer in concert on Wednesday, April 3rd at the opening night concert of the Berklee College of Music 2002 Percussion Week. This annual week features various percussion artists and Berklee faculty performing and leading workshops at the college. Six DrumsetsSteve Wilkes, Jon Hazilla, Johnny Rabb, Takeshi Ichikawa, Johan Svensson and Marko Djordjevicwill perform at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston at 8:15 PM on Wednesday, April 3. Tickets are $4 and available from the Performance Center Box Office. For information, call 617-266-7455; for tickets, call 617-747-2261.
April 2nd, 2002 (Tues.)
Six Drumsets releases Simmer, the follow-up to their innovative, self-titled debut CD. The album's seven new compositions display a surprising ambient, trance-like side of the group.
"The new songs demonstrate a compelling dimension of the band, which is the ability to explore color, texture and atmosphere at the drumset," says leader Steve Wilkes. "Drums are possibly the most stereotyped of all instruments, with words like 'delicate' or 'subtle' rarely being used to describe them. The songs on this CD challenge those preconceptions while also delivering some amazing grooves and rhythms."
Foremost among these are the album's opening three tracks, In Seven, which is inspired by Middle Eastern frame drum rhythms, Sacred Smoke, which is a surprising adaptation of Native American drumming into a drumset context, and the album's centerpiece, Glass Beads, a jewel-like exploration of cymbal tones and colors. However, Simmer's meditative compositions do not preclude more contemporary influences. Six Hop is propelled by the Hip-Hop influenced rhythms of Johnny Rabb and John Hazilla. The album's closing, title track is a six-drummer homage to the fast cymbal and textural applications of ECM Records' drummers Jack Dejohnette and Jon Christensen.
Simmer is available at Newbury Comics, the Virgin MegaStore/Boston, Tower Records/Boston, www.amazon.com and www.percussioncenter.com. For mail order information, please email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.