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