“DRUMATIC CYMBALISM” CONCERT SERIES
May – October 2011, Stamford, New York
Two of Central New York’s top kit drummers will perform six concerts of spell-binding rhythms and creative drumming. The focus will be The American Drum Kit from the 1930’s until the present day.
Professional drumming is a way of life for these seasoned performers “Mike” Burgevin and Sadiq Abdu Shahid (formerly Archie Taylor, Jr.).
“Sadiq,”who resides with his family on their farm in Masonville, New York, was born and raised in the Midwest and studied with Cleveland Symphony Orchestra percussionist Charles Wilcoxon. He performed and recorded with many famous avant-garde jazzmen: Pharaoh Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, and Cecil Taylor (among others) and was a resident drummer for Motown Records in Detroit, there recording many albums backing R&B groups.
His father, Archie Taylor, Sr., was also a famous drummer accompanying Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, and the one and only Billie Holiday.
Michael “Mike” Burgevin, now a resident of Bainbridge, New York, began drumming professionally at age 15. From the mid 1960’s through the 1980’s he worked regularly at famous NYC jazz clubs, Jimmy Ryan’s, Sweet Basil, Eddie Condon’s, and Brew’s side by side with many of the great jazz “Swing” players (now legends) Max Kaminsky, “Doc” Cheatham, Jimmy and Marian McPartland, Roy Eldridge, Wild Bill Davison, Warren Vaché and many, many others.
He has had the honor and privilege of playing with Joe Thomas, Herman Autrey, Vic Dickenson, Bobby Hackett, Benny Morton, Bobby Gordon, Rudy Powell, Dill Jones, Dick Wellstood, Al Casey, and many others. It was my privilege to see him swing the band every time he started a gentle beat with his brushes or tapped his closed hi-hat.
Mike studied with Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra percussionist Richard Horowitz. He also performed in several of the “Journey in Jazz” concerts with saxophonist Al Hamme in Binghamton University’s Anderson Center as well as producing many jazz concerts in the historic Town Hall Theatre in Bainbridge between 2001 and 2007.
No two DRUMNASTIC CYMBALISM concerts are ever the same!
Drumming becomes a musical art form in the hands of these outstanding percussionists. A show may begin with “Curious Curlicues & Nimble Noodles” then move to whisper-quiet ruffs and other rudiments… then pass through sonorous tonalities before roaring into layered polyrhythmic styles of Jazz, and Free Form drumming. Sadiq and Mike totally explore the drum set with all its possibilities. Their concerts open with a brief discourse on the history and development of the drum and the evolution of various styles of drumming.
A Master Creative Drum Workshop will take place on July 16th from 3:00 to 5:00 at The Gallery East, 71 Main Street, Stamford, NY. Workshop fee is $25. Students should bring sticks, a practice pad or snare drum and stand.
Questions? Call The Gallery in Stamford at 607 652 4030.
Before the concerts: Come early and enjoy dining in one of Stamford’s fine restaurants. Then visit artist Timothy Touhey’s two galleries, both located on Main Street (Route 23).
You will be uplifted by the art and music!
So mark your calendar: May 21st / June 18th / July16th / August 21st / Sept.17th / Oct.15th — Performances begin at 7:00. Tickets at the door are $10.00 / $8.00 in advance.
For information in advance call: THE GALLERY EAST 71 MAIN ST. STAMFORD, NY @ 607 652 4030. On the day of the concert please call 607 353 2492. Tour The Gallery at www.touhey.com.