Drumplay, winner of Best World Music Act 2002 in the Cleveland Free Times Music Awards, creates what has become known as 'rhythmprovisations'. Nominated in 2003 for a third consecutive year in the Scene Music Awards, 'the percussion ensemble blends Latin, Cuban and jazz elements with folk and world music. The results range from eerie to intense.' Unveiled in the Spring of 2001, this, their fourth CD entitled 'beachland', is the first in a trilogy of releases featuring the poetry of Daniel Thompson, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, poet laureate. It was followed by 'Under the Map of the World Where I Sleep', also available exclusively on CD Baby. What makes Drumplay unique is a rotating cast of players, including Chris Taylor of Gong, and Phil Kester of Gongzilla, both found on 'beachland'. According to Scene alternative newsweekly: 'This vibrant improvisational troupe has long supplied a breath of fresh, tropical air to Cleveland nightlife.' The Cleveland Free Times opines: 'Drumplay's music features a potent blend of African rhythm, free jazz and poetry. The group's varying lineup creates an interesting mixture of percussion, sax, trumpet, xylo-marimba and spoken word. The results are complex and textural, demonstrating a clear sonic vision and impressive musical craft. More than simply a live recording, it serves as a tease of Drumplay's potential, and makes one curious to see the band live.' On tracks 4 and 5, you will hear trumpeter, John Kuegeler, making his recording debut with Drumplay. He gives us an inspired bit of scat-vocals as well. The album also features the extraordinary talents of drummer, Billy Coakley, on the above-mentioned tracks - Billy bringing out the big kit for this recording including his unique 'blow' drums. Drumplay discography on Signal Tree: Drumplay - 1997 Live at Nelson Ledges - 1999 Pyramid People - 2000 beachland - 2001 Under the Map of the World Where I Sleep - 2002 Dayshine to Stars-end - 2004 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 429-1152 for booking.
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