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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Introducing the Secret Drum Band

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 9:53 AM

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  • Lisa Schonberg

Drummer Lisa Schonberg (from Explode into Colors as well as STLS and Kickball) is presenting a new composition next week with a new ensemble: the Secret Drum Band. Schonberg actually put together a group by that same name a few years ago at Ladyfest, but this Secret Drum Band is an entirely new project, make up of seven musicians (including Schonberg). They're performing Schonberg's new piece in a couple weeks in two separate performances: an all-ages show at Backspace on Tuesday, December 13, and a show for the 21+ drinking crew at Holocene the following evening, Wednesday, December 14.

So just who is in the Secret Drum Band? We can't tell you. It's a secret.

Okay, FINE. The Secret Drum Band's ranks include Rachel Blumberg, Clea Partridge, plus Schonberg's STLS bandmate sts and her former Explode into Colors bandmate Heather Treadway, who will also be outfitting the ensemble for the two performances. Rounding out the group is Marisa Anderson and Tara Jane Oneil, who will be on guitar and pedal steel lap steel.

Considering who's involved, this sounds entirely amazing. Schonberg elaborates on the piece, for which she received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council:

I have been working on this project in the basement, at the beach, in the van, and in the woods all year long, and it has been a challenging and rewarding departure from my recent work. The rhythms and arrangements were inspired by natural and urban soundscapes, and by transcribing the beats that are stuck in my head onto paper. I presented the compositions to the ensemble, and we together arrived at a final arrangement.
w/Golden Retriever, the Bubs, Sad Horse; Backspace, 115 NW 5th, Tues Dec 13, 8 pm, $5, all ages

w/Marisa Anderson, 1939 Ensemble; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, Wed Dec 14, 8:30 pm, $5, 21 & up

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