One of the greatest drummers in music history has unveiled a highly limited collection of artwork built from rhythm. Steve Smith, known for his influential catalog of work with Journey and Vital Infor... Click To Read More About This Product
One of the greatest drummers in music history has unveiled a highly limited collection of artwork built from rhythm. Steve Smith, known for his influential catalog of work with Journey and Vital Information, created "Choreography of Sound" through the new medium of capturing rhythmic performance and putting it to canvas in a debut collection called "The Fabric of Rhythm."
Measuring 60" x 33" on canvas, "Choreography of Sound" showcases the spirit of rhythm in a powerful way. Like a painter using brushes with oils, Smith built the artwork's visual through lit drumsticks of different colors and temperatures. Viewers will also note the notation added to the work in the lower left side of the canvas.
Of the artwork, Steve Smith states:
"This piece is based is an "Under/Over" cymbal move. The rhythmic phrase that I played for this piece is the double paradiddle, which I notated. I play the bottom of my right 18" Zildjian crash on the 1st R, the L is played on the snare drum. The 2nd R is played on the top of the right side 18" crash, the LRR is played on my snare drum. Then I reverse the choreography: 1st L comes up to the bottom on the 18" crash on my left, the R on the snare, the 2nd L comes down on the top of the left side 18" crash, the RLL is on the snare. I always knew this lick had an interesting sound and look but with this piece I can actually see the choreography of the motions and sounds that are produced."
About Steve Smith
Best known for his work as the drummer for Journey and Vital Information, Steve Smith grew up in the Boston area and started playing drums at the age of 9 in 1963. He studied music at the Berklee College of Music from 1972 to 1976. Over the past 35 years he has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz and rock - appearing on recordings that have sold 100 million copies worldwide - including Journey, Bryan Adams, Mariah Carey, Zucchero and Jean-Luc Ponty.
Steve Smith was recently voted #1 Fusion Drummer in the 2012 Modern Drummer Readers Poll. Smith has previously been voted #1 All-Around Drummer in the Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll for five consecutive years from 1987-1991. The 2008, 2009, and 2010 Drum! Magazine Readers Poll voted Smith #1 Jazz Drummer. In 2001, Steve was named by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time.
In 2013, Steve Smith took on a new medium with his first collection of artwork titled "The Fabric of Rhythm." Working with art team SceneFour, the collection featured visuals crafted from a new medium led by drummers, "Rhythm-on-Canvas."