SECRET DRUM BAND
Secret Drum Band is a percussion ensemble based in Portland, Oregon. Driven by four drummers, each song also employs an array of affected vocals, guitar, and synthesizers, often mimicking sounds found in nature. Founder/composer Lisa Schonberg and composer Allan Wilson document habitats and soundscapes in their compositions, with the goal of drawing attention to issues concerning endangered species, habitat loss, and other environmental issues. Stylistically, Secret Drum Band pull from a unique vantage point, drawing allusions from Liquid Liquid, The Creatures, and Crash Worship, as well as the composers’ previous groups Explode Into Colors and !!! (chk chk chk). Secret Drum Band’s live performances are transportive, an opportune meditation on the relationships between humans, ecology and music. All pieces are carefully scored by Schonberg and Wilson, allowing each musician to realize the complex and intricate arrangements in a live setting. Secret Drum Band's compositions have covered topics such as the endangered bees of Hawaii, the Mojave desert, and logging in Mount Hood National Forest. Secret Drum Band's live performances feature percussionists Schonberg, Wilson, Anthony Brisson, and Zanny Geffel, and a rotating lineup of ambient musicians including Sam Humans, Brian Mumford, and Marcus Fischer. SDB’s recent releases include their first full-length LP Dynamics and Schonberg's EP of her Amazonas compositions, UAU. Secret Drum Band is currently booking shows for a March 2019 tour of Northeastern US states.
US tour: march-april 2018
Secret Drum Band
2018 National Tour
3.23-24 Boise ID: Treefort Music Fest
3.25 Salt Lake City: Urban Lounge***
3.26 Denver CO: Syntax Physic Opera
3.28 Minneapolis MN: Moon Palace Books
3.29 Chicago: Int'l House at Univ of Chicago**
3.30 Columbus OH: Fuse Factory
3.31 Pittsburgh PA: Brillobox
4.1 Richmond VA: Sediment Arts**
4.2 Greensboro NC: UNCG @ School of Dance**
4.3 Washington DC: DC9*
4.4 Philadelphia PA: Johnny Brenda's*
4.5 Brooklyn NY: Elsewhere (Zone 1)*
4.6 Ithaca NY: Sacred Root Kava Bar*
4.7 Boston MA: Make Shift Boston*
4.8 Binghamton NY: Ladyfest Binghamton @CyberCafe*
4.9 Troy NY: Oakwood Community Center*
4.10 Burlington VT: Higher Ground*
4.11 Hamden CT: Space Ballroom*
4.12 Portland Maine: Space Gallery*
4.13 Providence RI: AS220*
4.14 Brooklyn NY: Wonders of Nature
4.15 Brooklyn NY: Trans-Pecos
4.18 Queens, NY: NYC Parks Field Station (Lisa solo)
4.19 Brooklyn NY: Stand4Gallery w/ Labverde
(improv set with Mike Clemow)
4.22 NY, NY: American Museum of Natural History
**with lecture about environment and soundscape
***with Sam Humans
OUR FIRST FULL LENGTH RECORD, DYNAMICS, was released on XRAY Records 08/04/17, and is available for purchase here.
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western US tour: August 2017
Aug 7: Corvallis OR @ Bombs Away with Amenta Abioto & Mike Gamble
Aug 8: Sacramento, CA @ WAL with Drug Apts
Aug 9: San Francisco, CA @ El Rio with Drug Apts + Yolo Biafra (DJ set)
Aug 10: Oakland, CA @ Pro Arts with the Dutton/Nishi-Smith/Otte Trio, Jorge Bachmann, Cheryl Leonard & an Ecology + Music Panel
Aug 11: Ojai, CA at Bryant Warehouse with LA Takedown, My Allowance & Amenta Abioto
Aug 12: Los Angeles, CA at Zebulon with LA Takedown & My Allowance
Aug 13: Santa Ana, CA at LGBT Center with YAAWN
Aug 15: San Diego, CA at Soda Bar with INUS, Necking, Amenta Abioto
Aug 16: Joshua Tree, CA at HELL Warehouse with The Renderers, Amenta Abioto & Nigel Roman
Aug 17: Los Angeles, CA at Spacedust for Echo Park Rising (daytime show)
Aug 18: Salt Lake City, UT at Vague Space with SELFMYTH
Aug 19: Boise, ID at The Olympic with Big Taste and Phantahex
Aug 22: Spokane, WA at The Observatory
Aug 23: Olympia, WA at Obsidian with Nudity and Angel Food
Aug 24: Portland, OR at White Owl Social Club with Notel
Secret Drum Band’s debut album, Dynamics (XRAY Records, August 2017), sees composers Lisa Schonberg, Allan Wilson, and Heather Treadway delving headway into creating living, breathing soundscapes, rich in rhythmic textures. Driven by five drummers, each song also employs an array of affected vocals, guitar, and synthesizers from noise musicians, often mimicking sounds found in nature.
Stylistically, Secret Drum Band pull from a unique vantage point, drawing allusions from Liquid Liquid, The Creatures, and Crash Worship, as well as the composers’ previous groups Explode Into Colors and !!! (chk chk chk). Dynamics is a vibrant work of serious intent, expertly rendered with a playfully exuberant spark.
The album’s eight tracks were written in response to locations in the Mojave Desert, logging sites in Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon, and Hawai’i, where Schonberg’s entomology work has helped the native Hylaeus bees attain endangered species status. "Kīpukapuaulu’s" vibrant polyrhythmic cadences insinuate an endless vortex of bird calls, while the cacophonous tension of "Jazz (Timber Sale)" simultaneously evokes the complexity of the forest flora and the anxiety of approaching logging trucks. “For us, music is the most publicly effective (and personally healing) vehicle to make statements about environmental issues,” adds Schonberg.
Secret Drum Band’s live performances are transportive, an opportune meditation on the relationships between humans, ecology and music. All pieces are carefully scored by Schonberg and Wilson, allowing each musician to realize the complex and intricate arrangements in a live setting. Dynamics aptly captures this concentrated effort , allowing sharp details to roar within the thunder of the drums.
“They’re not simply playing a show, they’re creating an immersive experience that lasts for a moment, then dissolves, creating a hypnotic alternate reality for all who bear witness to it.” —The Oregonian
Secret Drum Band will begin touring in summer 2017 in support of Dynamics with drummers Pieter Hilton (Typhoon), Anthony Brisson (Psychomagic), and sound artist Marcus Fischer (12K). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for booking and press inquiries.
Dynamics features performances from Sam Humans, Alison Clarys, Sara Lund, Marisa Anderson, Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox Through Water), Aaron Hartman (Old Time Relijun), and Jose Medeles (1939 Ensemble). SDB has performed at High Desert Test Sites, The Henry Gallery, MOCA Tucson, and the Portland Museum of Modern Art.
Past SDB members include: Costume designer & composer Heather Treadway, drummers Clea Partridge, Ben Tyler, Vittoria Buttarini, Aidan Koch, Trina Shaghafi, Susan Lucia, Grayson Fiske, Papi Fimbres, Rachel Blumberg (M.Ward/Arch Cape), sts (STLS/Haggard), Dana Valatka (AU), Matthew Berger, and noise musicians Marisa Anderson, Tara Jane Oneil, Sean Sumler, Niles Armstrong (Worn Path/Oak Rot), & Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox Through Water).
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SECRET DRUM BAND is currently booking a national tour in support of our full length release on XRAY RECORDS, DYNAMICS. Please email email@example.com if you'd like to inquire about booking a performance.