For the past decade, drummer and composer Marcus Gilmore has been refining his expression alongside the likes of Chick Corea, Pharoah Sanders, Zakir Hussain and Vijay Iyer. An artist of multi-directional expansion, he approaches the drum set from within a lineage of percussionists and composers who have treasured its harmonic and melodic as much as its rhythmic depth. From this vantage point, Gilmore summons new leader and solo projects, recently integrating electronics into his live performances.
In June, he told The Jazz Gallery’s Rob Shepherd how his electronic setup has had an influence on his composing and performing. “I never have a shortage of musical ideas but that doesn’t always readily translate to reality,” said Gilmore. “This particular set up and machinery make it possible for me to do a lot of the things that I had imagined for a while. Once it became an accessible instrument to use, I kind of jumped right on it. At some point, I realized that these different elements could sometimes make it sound like I was playing with a much larger group than just myself. So I became really curious about how to emphasize this aspect in my solo performances.”
This week at the Gallery, don’t miss Gilmore stretch out with a trio featuring pianist David Virelles and bassist Burniss Earl Travis. (more…)