Monday, February 18, 2019
Organized Rhythm in Concert on February 22

An out-of-this-planet concert experience at All Saints' 

On February 22, we’ll hear another musical aspect of our Organist and Choirmaster, Clive Driskill-Smith, when he performs as half of the organ and percussion duo known as Organized Rhythm.

The other half is multi-percussion virtuoso Joseph Gramley, a professor of music at the University of Michigan and a director of the university’s famed Percussion Ensemble. The two will perform at All Saints’ on Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. 

Their dynamic program will include works ranging from Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man to several movements from The Planets by Gustav Holst, along with a specially commissioned companion piece, Pluto

The concert is free and open to all, and a reception for  everyone will follow. Invite a friend or neighbor to come and hear the musical excitement at All Saints’!

Acclaimed percussionist Gramley toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s SilkRoad Ensemble

“Tremendous vitality, character, and sophistication” is how conductor Christoph Eschenbach describes the playing of multi-percussionist Joseph Gramley. Gramley’s solo performances have garnered critical acclaim and enthusiasm from emerging composers, percussion aficionados and first-time concert-goers alike. He is committed to bringing fresh and inventive compositions to a broad public, and each year he commissions and premieres a number of new works. His first solo recording, American Deconstruction, an expert rendition of five milestone works in multi-percussion’s huge new modern repertoire, appeared in 2000 and was reissued in 2006. His second CD, Global Percussion, was released in 2005. 

An invitation from Yo-Yo Ma in 2000 led Gramley to join Mr. Ma’s SilkRoad Ensemble. In addition to participating in the group’s extended residencies in American cities, Gramley has toured with Mr. Ma and the Ensemble throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Along the way, Gramley has studied percussion styles and instruments from around the globe, collaborating with internationally-renowned musicians from India, Iran, China, Japan, Korea and Central Asia.  

Gramley performed on several top-selling albums with Yo-Yo Ma on the SonyBMG label, and with other members of the Ensemble on Off the Map (In a Circle Records). A Playlist Without Borders was released on Sony (Sept 2013). Gramley has also appeared in with Yo-Yo Ma as guest artists with the Nashville Symphony.

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