In preparation for the coming release of another paint drumming video I’m giving a look into the backstage stuff!
When ‘Volcano Rising’ got requests for paint drumming performances, the corporate venues that had asked for it pondered the option of working only with a quartet instead of 12 drummers. I thought about this and came to the conclusion that, really, a quartet was a very comfortable way of giving a massive performance with the same effect and a 3rd of the setup time!
So, I set about writing a quartet piece for paint drumming and came up with ‘Etna’ (for those who don’t know, Mount Etna is a volcano in Italy).
Soon after that, the events began asking for a video!
I decided to work with the boys from ‘Up the Body and Down the Page’ and so far we’ve managed to rehearse, record and film a really fantastic production!
Below is a video of a quartet rehearsal we had during the course of this production. This was at the QLD Conservatorium and was one of the funniest rehearsals I’ve ever had! It was specifically one of our ‘dry’ rehearsals that was more focused on getting the piece memorised and the movements down.
There’s a section in the piece that we looked at running around and playing each other’s drums that I hope you’ll enjoy! Also, keep an eye out for our friend Jacob Enoka (who does a little double take at the window) and delight in Lachlan Hawkins’ fantastic energy and spirit!