Hal Darling is a composer who plays drums. He plays keyboards a little too, as the drums have certain limitations as a medium for composition. He first picked up the sticks at age six following the examples set by two older brothers. By age thirteen he developed an attraction for rock music that was complex, influenced by jazz and classical ideas. His high school years were spent playing and eventually writing music that was truly awful, - but it aspired to be something more. He went on to study with jazz great Ralph Humphrey and studio legend Joe Porcaro at the Percussion Institute in Los Angeles. A brief stint as a studio drummer was followed by clinical presentations and private teaching. A search for the perfect gig led to a move to Europe, which in turn resulted in his decision to build a studio. Upon his return to the United States he chose to abandon live work and concentrate on composition and recording. In December of 1996, Hal released his eponymously titled debut to worldwide critical acclaim. Comparisons to the music of King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Gentle Giant and the RIO movement were common. His second effort 'D2R' was released in the second quarter of 2003. Hal hopes to refine his instrumental and compositional experiments in a fashion that will provide the listener with music that is as entertaining as it is challenging.
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