This was a great evening at the Drum Channel studios in Oxnard. Seeing a Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer of one of my all-time favorite bands ever (and one of the Top 5 of concerts I’ve ever seen) was an incredible experience. (No real spoilers here in case you didn’t catch the show live and plan on seeing the replay).
The show started with Cobus interviewing Stewart. They each discussed how they each started out on drums, Stewart’s studio (Sacred Grove) and several other interesting topics about music before jumping into an improvisational jam.
Stewart named all of his favorite Police songs to play. He also made mention of the fact that drummers are less competitive than guitar players. He hit the nail on the head with that one and was very funny (And, at the same time, very accurate) in explaining the concept…
One of the main topics of conversation was the Kickstarter campaign to release the movie about gamelan drumming, which he was commissioned to compose (Dare to Drum: A Documentary Film). DARE TO DRUM is the documentary film by John Bryant — A Musical Journey with Stewart Copeland, D’Drum, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra that will tell the story of a musical journey, embarked upon by Stewart Copeland and Dallas- based World Percussion group D’Drum, with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Copeland’s explanation of a symphony orchestra with 5 drummers at the forefront was very compelling, as was the concept that many instruments, when brought together such as these, aren’t necessarily tuned the same (concert pitch-A440), which can make things rather interesting. Also outlined were the benefits and awards for contributing to the campaign, which include a lot of great things. In addition to questions sent in from viewers, there were several participants on Skype to add to the discussion, including John Bryant, Gregg Bissonette, and Chad Smith.
The big question was “What is gamelan drumming?”
While on Skype, Chad pledged a generous amount of money for the campaign/ cause.
After the session on the couches concluded, Stewart, Cobus and Thomas performed an incredible drum jam that closed out the show.
Here’s the link to the show:
At the end of the show, I was reminded of the first concert I caught this year at the House of Blues where Thomas drummed for Paul Gilbert’s band and they played Synchronicity. And here’s Thomas jamming with Stewart at Sacred Grove: