Terry’s furniture

Posted: December 9, 2015 in concert report, live concert photo
The Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

The Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

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Terry Bozzio is been celebrating the release of his Terry Bozzio Composer Series CD Box Set (out on December 18, 4CD+DVD/Blu-ray, Ward Records) with a long Japan/European solo tour. Rome Planet Live Club November 20 was the last date of the European leg of “An Evening with Terry Bozzio”: melodic drumming at its best on “the world’s largest tuned drum and percussion set”. A fine musician behind an impressive monster-instrument delivers one hour and half of fine art, a wisely controlled blend of tuned toms fury and cymbals lyricism.

Terry Bozzio Composer Series CD Box Set (4CD+DVD/Blu-ray), Ward Records, 2015

Terry Bozzio
Composer Series
CD Box Set (4CD+DVD/Blu-ray), Ward Records, 2015

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Terry Bozzio 2015 European Tour flyer

Terry Bozzio 2015 European Tour flyer

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You must be a real sound/percussion expert to master all technical details (goto the kit set-up page at bozzio dot com even if you are not one of those techies, and you’ll get the picture), but also from the naïve listener point of you, it is a sound and vision terrific experience.

The Rome audience was packed of techies/drummers (Terry called for them in a chat between two pieces), but everyone has been highly focused on the music all over the set. A level of concentration and respect rarely found elsewhere, but this is the case of the jazz-fusion-chamber-pop-metal unique young-old kind of a Bozzio (heavily Zappa-shirted) audience.

Terry Bozzio is been playing melodic drumming since ages, but his research continues, on the sound matter too. The following video captures how Bozzio sounds like today, it is Pat’s Changes at Sweetwater’s “Gearfest” 2013.

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On the YouTube notes to the piece he gives an idea of how the sound design is relevant to the final melodic outcome:

I am using pintech midi triggers on each tuned drum. That goes into 6 Roland TMC-6 units, then into m-Audio midi-usb routers and into my mac using Reason for a sign-wave pure tone of the note each drum is tuned to. That helps the melodies come out more clearly. I apologize for the slap back echo (that came from a live mix room mice I guess!).

There’s a lot of work and fine tuning to do behind “the world’s largest tuned drum and percussion set”, Terry needs professional support, and the man behind the drums in the photographs below – taken right before the Rome performance – is Trommelduwer Michel Weekhout.

I had my camera with me at the show but they told me Terry Bozzio asked not to take any picture during the set, so I took some before and after. And I must say I was impressed from the audience who once again were truly respectful of Terry: we were told not to shoot during the show (there were plenty of cameras), and with just one exception, nobody even tried to.

Here they are, Master Trommelduwer behind the kit, and some close views of the kit itself.

Michel Weekhout fine tuning the Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

Michel Weekhout fine tuning the Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

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Michel Weekhout fine tuning the Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

Michel Weekhout fine tuning the Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

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Michel Weekhout fine tuning the Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

Michel Weekhout fine tuning the Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

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The Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

The Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

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The Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

The Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

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The Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

The Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

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The Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

The Terry Bozzio drum and percussion set, Planet Live Club, Rome, November 20, 2015

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For a black and white take of the kit, go to spaziofermo: Terry’s furniture.

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