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As a part of the special installation, VOLUMES, by the artist Ezra Masch The Ringling is presenting four special performances highlighting influential and versatile percussionists, including Brian Blade, Greg Fox and Antonio Sánchez. Each drummer will play the light as much as they play the physical drum set, combining auditory and visual signals so precisely that the audience will eventually begin to see sound.
Please note: These special performances will not have seating. Attendees are encouraged to walk around or sit on the floor while enjoying the performance. Portable gallery stools will be available if needed.
These special performances are related to the special installation VOLUMES on view in the Monda Gallery, Sunday, August 12, 2018 through Sunday, September 9, 2018. Learn more about VOLUMES
► Thursday, Aug. 16th @ 7:30 & 8:30 PM, Taylor Gordon AKA The Pocket Queen
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana Taylor Gordon began playing drums at 2 and joined her New Orleans church band at 7. At 14, she became a member of the Cedar Hill High School drumline and the school’s steel drum and jazz bands, and later she took up the marimba and other percussion instruments. She was accepted into the prestigious Berkley College of Music on a full scholarship for her superior skills on drums. She plays with so much passion, it’s reminiscent of the great Shelia E. She has also performed with several influential music artists such as Stevie Wonder, Musiq Soulchild and many more. She also performed at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime show with Beyoncé.
► Thursday, Aug. 23rd @ 7:30 & 8:30 PM, Brian Blade
Brian Blade is an American jazz drummer, composer, session musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1997, Blade formed The Fellowship Band with pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Chris Thomas, saxophonists Myron Walden and Melvin Butler, guitarist Jeff Parker, pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. The band released its debut album, Brian Blade Fellowship, in 1998, Perceptual in 2000, Season of Changes in 2008 and Landmarks in 2014.
► Thursday, Aug. 30th @ 7:30 & 8:30 PM, Greg Fox
Greg Fox is a multi-instrumentalist, interdisciplinary artist, and teacher born and based in New York City. A versatile and prolific creative, Fox studied percussion with Guy Licata, Thurman Barker, Marvin “Bugalu” Smith, has a B.A. in Integrated Arts from Bard College, and has toured, recorded and released numerous records with Liturgy, Guardian Alien, ZS, Ex Eye, Skeletons, Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, Colin Stetson, Ben Frost, and many more. Learn more about Greg Fox
► Thursday, Sept. 6th @ 7:30 & 8:30 PM, Antonio Sánchez
Antonio Sánchez is a Mexican jazz drummer. In 2014, his popularity increased when he composed an original film score for the film Birdman, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The soundtrack album was released on October 14, 2014. The score earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and BAFTA Award for Best Film Music; he won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score and Satellite Award for Best Original Score. Learn more about Antonio Sánchez
Support for this performance exhibition has generously been provided, in part, by the Brunckhorst Endowment and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation.
Art of Our Time is supported by Gulf Coast Community Foundation.