Trevor Watts / Jamie Harris
| Musicians proposals | 2004-10-28
I am currently trying to set up some gigs in France for myself and Trevor Watts .
Please have a look at our web site http://www.theduo.whistlingmule.com/index.php where you can listen to some samples of our music .
If would you be interested in organising a/some concert/s ?
I can send you a copy of our current samples CD.
All the best
"Trevor and Jamie started working together in 1999. This was when Trevor formed his now defunct 8 piece Celebration Band. http://thecelebrationband.whistlingmule.com.
The duo began in 2002, and they've been working on the music consistently since then. The result is a rich programme of music which goes even way beyond the recorded samples that are offered on this website.
The duo is scheduled to play in the Caribbean, Brasil, Chile, Peru, USA, New Zealand & Australia as well as most of Europe in 2005.
The music of the duo is a distillation of the processes Trevor has always been interested in. Strong rhythms and melodies being at the heart of it all, and particularly since the formation of his Moire Music and Drum Orchestra groups in 1982. These groups represented an early style of music that has now become recognised as having "World Music" influences at the core. But when Trevor put those groups together the term had not even been used. For him it was a period to discover how to put together music that had the influences he was brought up with - Jazz, Latin, African and Asian musics. And how he could approach it with the voice of an individual. This process is still ongoing, and the Duo represents the latest version of this style of playing, and in Trevor's opinion, the most successful to date. http://www.trevorwatts.whistlingmule.com.
The way they put the music together, and the new rhythmic ideas they have invented themselves bring in a high degree of originality. We feel we can be creative and expressive within a context that anyone can recognise and enjoy! We have worked at the music to give it a wide variety of textures and colours, and there is plenty to keep an audience fully absorbed for a whole concert. We have gone for the "big" sound within the music, and this often makes the duo sound like more than just two players..
Trevor is steeped in percussive related music, having led and toured the World for 16 years with his Moire Music Drum Orchestra. Check out the recording ECM 1449 "A Wider Embrace". That group featured 5 drummers from West Africa, bass gtr, kit drums and his saxes. He has also worked with top Djembe player from Burkina Faso, Adama Drame, and a few years ago was invited to play with a Traditional group of Sudanese musicians from the West of Sudan at the Khartoum International Music Festival amongst many, many other things. Currently he plays with a Mexican based group called Urukungolo, and that features the superb Brasilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. Cyro is based in New York and lends his talents to such diverse musicians as Wynton Marsalis and John Zorn.
The duo are booked to play at the London Jazz Festival at the Purcell Room in London?s Royal Festival Hall on November 19th 2004, and have also recently done some very successful concerts at other major festivals in the U.K. Jamie Harris is now certainly emerging as one of the best and most creative percussionists in Europe, and is ideal for this particular music, as he has taken on, with relish, all the challenges that the music has presented him. He is a very sympathetic and supportive player who works hard and is totally dedicated to the music that they are making together. We think you'll find that the DUO is a very satisfying, exciting and complete musical sound and experience!"