Mass Appeal – Percussion
Pantages Playhouse Plaza
(Main Street @ Market Avenue)
Saturday September 29
Rehearsal: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Concert: 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Percussion at Main & Market
Street artists have been around for thousands of years – in fact, the ancient Romans enacted an anti- busking law in 451 BC! For over 2,000 years artists have taken to the streets to create visual art and to perform acrobatics, comedy, dance, and of course, music. From classical stringed instruments in the middle ages, to organ grinders in the 19th and 19th centuries and the blues and folk music of the mid-20th centuries, musicians have been out in the streets, playing for anyone who would listen.
Through all this time, people have created instruments from whatever was available in their immediate surroundings, and in the 1980’s, the 5-gallon plastic bucket was something that was cheap, available, and which could be used to make music. Nowadays you can find bucket drummers not only on the street corner, but performing in theatres and concert halls around the world.
Here in Winnipeg we are lucky to have Grammy award nominated, Juno award winning percussionist Scott Senior to bring rhythm to the streets as part of Mass Appeal 2018. After studying percussion in Havana, Cuba and Samba in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Scott was inspired to apply these vibes to drums that are accessible to all. Yep, you guessed it….garbage cans, buckets and basically anything you can find in your kitchen. Picture something along the lines of “Stomp” meets Brazilian Carnival.
Now let’s get our groove on!
Mass Appeal – Percussion will take place at the corner of Main Street and Market Avenue on Saturday September 29. We’ll have a rehearsal as well as a shaker building and drum decorating session from 12 noon to 1:00 pm, with the performance scheduled for 1:30 – 2:00 pm. Participants are asked to bring
– a chair
– drum sticks
– something to bang on!
**we will have a limited number of buckets and sticks on hand for people to use.
Here’s what we’ll be playing. Read on to find all the music, some online videos, and notes on each song from Scott. You can download all the music as a single PDF file, or find individual versions of each song in the notes below.
Mass Appeal Percussion 2018 repertoire:
Gelo Gelo Bebê (Ice Ice Baby)
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
The Obvious Child – Paul Simon
1. Gelo Gelo Bebê
Scott Says: For some reason, this tune has always stuck out to me – likely because of the opening melody (no one really knows who created that famous bassline!). But when I started playing Brazilian percussion, the Ago-go bells, which are a two pitched hand held bell reminded me of this melody.
This song was very easy to arrange as the groove is simple and to the point and of course the opening melody fit the ago-go bells perfectly. We will play this piece at the original tempo and will have a featured vocalist to make it big, bright and fun!
2. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Scott Says: Even if you don’t think you know it, chances are that at some point you’ve heard this song. Maybe it’s booming from a car’s sound system or perhaps playing the background as you walk through the aisles at the grocery store, but it’s everywhere because the (can’t-stop-won’t-stop!) groove is so catchy!
When arranging this for buckets, I kept the meat and potatoes of the original drum beat, and then added a bit of a Brazilian baducada to it.
For this number, we’re lucky enough to have a vocalist and a horn section joining us to add to “this sick beat”!
3. The Obvious Child – Paul Simon
Scott Says: So…fun fact: Rhythm of the Saints by Paul Simon is probably the album that has influenced me more than any other; it was my introduction to Brazilian percussion. Paul recorded a lot of the record in Bahia, Brazil, using a percussion troupe called Olodum (that’s them in the video). It’s this opening track that lead me on a path that still inspires me and got me to where I am today.
When I first saw Olodum perform I knew I could never acquire that many drums, but I knew some of those sounds could be replicated. The piece starts off with a drum call that I will play to bring us all in and ends with a very similar call. This number will require a lot of listening and watching me as I direct these calls. This rhythm is called Afoxé.
It has been a dream of mine to perform this, and I’m honoured that Mass Appeal is its debut.