Description: Featuring John Hadfield on percussion with the help of Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) & Harold Bott (electronics) on one piece each. This is the second disc that Mr. Hadfield has left with us and each one is a superb percussion offering. 'Displaced' is only a 24 minute CD-EP, but it is strong throughout. Well-recorded and thoughtfully conceived, Hadfield uses every sound most carefully. Not unlike a Grateful Dead drum jam, both the rhythms and overall sounds are consistently alluring. Sometimes it is just the textures that enchant us as they move around the sonic spectrum. "Module" sounds like there is a thunderstorm nearby with toy-like bells and a hypnotic groove at the center. I have been playing this fine disc in the store & putting it on repeat for an hour or more, since it is splendid throughout. If you thought that percussion music couldn't be completely magical, then this will prove you wrong. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
Greetings from Japan! Here is a nice record review from Bruce at The Downtown Music Gallery (http://downtownmusicgallery.com).
Featuring John Hadfield on drums, percussion & most of the composing, Kyle Sanna on guitar & some co-composing, Christopher Hoffman on cello, Jacqueline Kerrod on harp, Skye Steele on violin and Josh Dekaney, Mathias Kunzli & Shane Shanahan on percussion. I hadn't really heard much about local percussion wiz, John Hadfield, but it turns out that he does get around. He has played with a diverse cast of characters from the Bang on a Can All-Stars to Ben Monder, Erik Friedlander & Brad Shepik and currently teaches at NYU. The only other musician on this disc that I was previously familiar with is Mathias Kunzli who plays in Rashanim and has worked with John Zorn. I found this disc in my promo box this week while I was away and was pleasantly surprised. I can't think of any other ensembles that feature a line-up like this one: four percussionists, guitar, harp, violin & cello. Commencing with "Peliatan" which consists of subtle layers of hand percussion with the rubbed strings of a harp and some minimal acoustic guitar. This piece sounds like an exotic percussion ensemble that draws from various cultures. "Skeletons" is a stripped down work with lush marimba, delicate percussion, a berimbau and perhaps steel drums. It reminds me of Uakti (South American percussion unit that makes their own instruments) and it evokes quaint ghost-like spirits. "Icelandic" is a dark, slightly twisted piece with some scary yet sparse electric guitar, powerful drums and a brooding vibe. "Missouri" reminds me of early Bill Frisell when he would layer his guitar and create mesmerizing soundscapes. Kyle plays some righteous electric slide guitar which paints those wide open spaces just right. "No E" again features some powerful drums and slightly mutated electric guitar and is perfectly balanced duo piece. I dig the way John utilizes frame drums and tympanis throughout and especially on the title track, where the layers of percussion are most mesmerizing. Guitarist, Kyle Sanna, is also consistently strong, inserting the odd notes and strange sounds in just the right places. Much of this music has a soundtrack-like sound and evokes a good deal of scenery and illustrates stories found within. What makes this special is that Mr. Hadfield knows how to use percussion in a more organic way that rarely deals with any sort of (logical or overused) beats, yet the music remains consistently fascinating throughout. - BLG
I have been fortunate to record with some amazing musicians lately. In May I did some tracks for Kyle Sanna's first solo record, more tracks with Dead Heart Bloom (this will be my fourth record), tracks with Craig Jessup, and a record with Brad Kemp and Ladyshades...
03.12.09Dead Heart Bloom on NPR
Dead Heart Bloom was featured on NPR
I just recorded with Kinan Azmeh, Kyle Sanna and Josh Myers... It should be out in a couple of months. In November I recorded with John Gunther and Brad Shepik for John Gunther's latest release...
10.16.08My first record, The eye of Gordon is done.
Click on the link "Launch related site" to buy the record.
I will be playing on the The Colbert Report with Yo-Yo Ma and Cristina Pato on Oct 27th.
Brad Shepik, John Gunther and I will be heading out to Colorado to play some shows and record.
Combo Nuvo will be traveling to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to play some shows in the Spring
My first record is almost done and will be available on Oct 28th, 2008.
Dead Heart Bloom's record "Fall In" is completed and available for free download at: http://www.deadheartbloom.com/
I recorded a track with Yo Yo Ma for a record that will be released on Sony in the Fall of 2009.
11.28.07Thanks for checking out the website
I have been pretty busy lately but I will get a chance to update the itinerary soon. I will be traveling a lot in 2008 and it looks like there will be some shows in Peru, Italy and a tour in the south of the USA. I will also be in Columbia, MO. over the Holidays and performing in Colorado in early Feb with John Gunther and Todd Reynolds.