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Drum Legend Terry Bozzio To Issue Unreleased Tracks Digitally!

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For Immediate Release

Drum Legend Terry Bozzio To Issue Unreleased Tracks Digitally!

On the heels of a massive successful North American tour, legendary & award winning melodic drummer Terry Bozzio is releasing rare and unreleased music digitally via his official website! Terry has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Allan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness’ Munetaka Higuchi & “X” Japan’s Hide – as well as Film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham & Patrick O’Hearn – see more at http://www.terrybozzio.com – Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine’s Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone’s Top 5 Drummers of All Time!

The first group of tracks available for download is called “Simple Moments Series”. The concept was to name the “moment”. For example the track “Something to drive to”, then the title which is “Beck”.

Simple Moments Series:

1. Something to drive to: $4.99
“Beck”
Burning Rock funk with Jeff Beck & Tony Hymas in mind.

2. Something to think about: $6.99
“Re: Mussorgsky”
Neo Classical Piano Trio w/ Fretless Bass & My Drums. I improvised on live piano (poorly) then corrected and composed around that.

3. Something to dream about: $2.99
“Midnight Waltz (1800s Vienna)”
Sentimentalism and mood evoking solo piano.

4. Something for a departed friend: $3.99
“M (for Mick Karn)”

5. Something strange: $2.99
“Farm Bells”
I sampled nearby farming machinery: A plowing or tilling device with different sized steel discs & made a drum part out of it. OutTrio inspired, semi-classical Guitar, Bass & Metal Drum piece.

6. Something to dance to: $2.99
“Five Nations: Arise”
Recalls my Native American experience performing Tony Hymas’ “Oyate” project, from which sprung the Lonely Bears.

7. Something to gaze at: $3.99
“Still Life”
A jazz piece I wrote while still in College! Explores different poly-chords over a pedal tone.

8-9. Something to take:
“Two Endless Trails”
1- Persistance $2.99
2- Compassion & Hope $2.99
Orchestral Strings, with Bass & Drums. Mysterious Moods.

10. Something to go deep with: $3.99
“Underwater”
Electronic, Submersive Ambience

11. Something that “Goes to 11”: $3.99
“Eleven”
Several Harmonic Progressions in 11/4, w/ Piano & 12 String Guitar Solos.

All Compositions Copyright: Terry Bozzio, Private Life Music ASCAP

Terry Bozzio Solo Project 1991:

I’ve never finished it over the years until now, because of technology problems (computer not fast enough to mix – midi & sync problems, & not enough track space to do overdubs etc!) but I always liked the compositional approach to the drum parts! I look at it as a missing link between guitarshop, and melodic drumming & the ostinato! The period after recording the drums included doing the lonely bears & polytown & changing to Mapex, then DW as well.

I have a new track to release. It’s called “Advent”. It’s the first in the Terry Bozzio Solo Project 1991 series. I went into Jeff Burton’s garage studio (he is the son of Elvis Presley’s famous guitarist James Burton!), with Missing Persons’ Live Sound Engineer (who has been my dear friend from the very beginning of that band), Gary Epstein. We recorded my drums on Jeff’s 16 track 2” machine.

We managed to get 9-10 tracks down with a beatbox for a hybrid sound. With no idea of what it would ultimately be, I tried to improvise composed beats along with the beat box and create different sections, based on what felt was natural to do next. I had the concept of overdubbing the music on it later.

One thing we tried right away was to float in some vocal stuff I had done with Patrick O’Hearn in his studio at previous session a year before. The result was very good and inspired me to do more with other previous recordings. At that time I was living near Jeff in Studio City and had converted my garage into a little studio too. I called it White Rooms. I had a 3M 79 16 track 2” machine (bought from Gary Wright!) as well, & some early midi equipment and started to drag the midi overdubs via a sync tone from the 3M. A very slow and tedious process at the time!

But the magic was that 2 of my previously recorded vocal tracks, just done in free space up in Oregon w/ Pat, using my vocoder, synced up unconsciously, but perfectly with 2 of the drum track’s structures! So it was meant to be.

I’m still not finished with all the tracks, but I have 4 almost ready to go, & coming soon! This is the first and it’s called “Advent”. It means “a coming”. Burning drums, Bulgarian Folk Singing, and driving sequencer parts. I hope you like it!

Watch Terry Bozzio’s promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CroX237dzfY#t=36

To purchase Terry Bozzio’s new digital only tracks: http://terrybozzio.com/media/audio/

To purchase Terry Bozzio’s “Composer Series” The Music & Art of Terry Bozzio: https://www.amazon.com/Composer-Terry-Bozzio/dp/B01M301W4F?tag=smarturl-20

Terry Bozzio’s official website: http://www.terrybozzio.com
Terry Bozzio biography: http://terrybozzio.com/biography/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Drum Legend Terry Bozzio’s “Composer Series” The Music & Art of Terry Bozzio Now Available in North America & Europe

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For Immediate Release

Drum Legend Terry Bozzio’s “Composer Series” The Music & Art of Terry Bozzio Now Available in North America & Europe

Los Angeles – Legendary & award winning melodic drummer Terry Bozzio released worldwide what he calls a “Life’s Work” project of Art & Music on the Japanese label Ward Records in September 2015. The set is now available in the US, Canada and Europe! Bozzio embarked on a world tour to promote it starting in Japan and Europe in the fall of 2015 & continuing throughout the US & other territories in 2016.

Terry has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Alan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness’ Munetaka Higuchi & “X” Japan’s Hide – as well as Film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham & Patrick O’Hearn – see more at http://www.terrybozzio.com – Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine’s Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone’s Top 5 Drummers of All Time!

Bozzio said, “I’ve been composing, (not just song writing, like for Missing Persons & Jeff Beck) since the ’70s. I compose in all styles (as one might classify them), from classical to ambient, electronic, film-like to fusion/rock or jazz. I have my own character or personality, it’s unique. I work with many different processes from writing notes on paper, to recording live, to several different computer software applications that are suited to the particular result I am trying to achieve. Both Zappa & famed musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky encouraged me to compose & I have had my Chamberworks performed at the Vienna Jazz Festival & in Holland w/Metropol Orkest.”

He continued, “I first got interested in Art & Sketching at the encouragement of renowned artist Don Van Vliet (aka: Captain Beefheart) who I played with on my first Zappa/Mothers of Invention tour in 1975. Don was always carrying markers & paper & it looked like fun, so I bought some myself & started. He was very encouraging. Last year, I released my first project called Rhythm & Sketch in collaboration with the art group Scene Four. It’s been successful & inspired me to do more.” (available at http://www.terrybozzioart.com)

Bozzio fulfilled major two and a half month US solo tours in 2014 and 2016 in which he displayed his artwork as the stage set while performing melodic, tuned melodies on his strikingly large drum set, to sold out crowds.

“I thought it would be great to share this music which I’ve been working on & keeping to myself for so long. I hope to show a different side of my expression from what people are used to seeing from my solo drumming. And, I wanted to have an abstract painting to represent & be paired with each title to create this hybrid project of music & art,” Bozzio explained.

It is over 70 individual pieces or movements of compositions with a painting in a booklet for each title, along with detailed liner notes for each piece, explaining his concepts, feelings, processes and approach for each. It will be available in a large vinyl-sized box set which includes the book of Artworks, 3 audio CDs & a solo drum performance DVD shot in Japan in 2015. (w/bonus footage, interviews, audio tracks and more). The material will also be made available in a smaller CD size package for record stores, as well as in many or individual downloadable formats online.

For more information:
http://www.wardrecords.com

Watch the promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CroX237dzfY#t=36

To purchase Terry Bozzio’s “Composer Series” The Music & Art of Terry Bozzio: https://www.amazon.com/Composer-Terry-Bozzio/dp/B01M301W4F?tag=smarturl-20

Terry Bozzio’s official website: http://www.terrybozzio.com
Terry Bozzio biography: http://terrybozzio.com/biography/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World’s Largest Tuned Drum & Percussion Set on Forthcoming US Tour!

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Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World’s Largest Tuned Drum & Percussion Set on Forthcoming US Tour!

An Evening with TERRY BOZZIO US Tour 2016

Los Angeles, CA – Drum legend Terry Bozzio, known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, UK and his critically acclaimed solo ventures, celebrates his latest release “Terry Bozzio Composer Series” with “An Evening With Terry Bozzio” US tour! This will be a night of solo drumming and include compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation. It is by no means a clinic or a workshop. Enjoy an intimate evening of Terry Bozzio and his monster sculpture of a drum kit together in seated venues across the US.

“TERRY BOZZIO – An Evening of Solo Drum Music” is a unique, intense, dynamic, spiritualistic, melodic, orchestral, atmospheric, and musical performance on the largest tuned drum & percussion set in the world. Unless you have seen Terry, you have no idea what you are in for. Bozzio is an enigmatic, evocative, and engaging musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums. Terry Bozzio is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical, & ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Terry Bozzio is “a storyteller,” able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement, & passion.

“I’m looking forward to this extensive US tour in Aug-Nov 2016. I’ll have some new pieces to play on my big kit & hopefully some surprises for you in this new show.” – Terry Bozzio

Terry has had tremendous success with his last coast-to-coast North American tour, as well as his last two Terry Bozzio solo drum performance tours in Europe (2012 included his headline show at the Jazz Festival Frankfurt – the oldest jazz festival in the world – and 2013 which included sold out performances in Sweden, Germany, Eastern Europe, and France). Please note that this is not a bombastic 2 hour drum solo. This is MUSIC on drums, “an evening with Terry Bozzio.” In most of Bozzio’s works, he accompanies himself with bass lines while soloing over it melodically on the tuned toms. There is space, classical forms & structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting & fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet!

“Terry Bozzio Composer Series” was released in Japan in the fall 2015! 59 Compositions, with 59 Paintings for each title on a 4 CD, 1 live performance/interview/drum setup DVD & Art Booklet in a Vinyl Sized Package! (On the Ward Records Label). For those of you who may have seen Terry on tour, the house music he played was only some of this material! Terry has been composing in & beyond all genres for several decades: Classical, Fusion, Electronic, Ambient, Rock & Jazz!

Terry just finished a sold out Tokyo show called “The History of Terry Bozzio”, w/ a Japanese All-Star Band, filmed for TV Broadcast and an upcoming DVD (Oct. release – Ward Records). He performed and sung tunes from his past recordings w/ Zappa, Beck, UK, Missing Persons, Bozzio Levin Stevens, Brecker Bros. & Billy Sheehan! Terry plans to mount this show in Europe & the US in future.

Just Released: the Brecker Bros. Heavy Metal Bebop Reunion Band 2CD set from a live concert at Club Citta in Kawasaki, w/ original members. (Ward Records)

“An Evening with Terry Bozzio” US Tour 2016
*Celebrating the release of “Terry Bozzio Composer Series” CD Box Set*

August 14, 2016 US-AZ-Phoenix, MIM Music Theater
August 19, 2016 US-CO-Denver, Soiled Dove
August 20, 2016 US-CO-Denver, Soiled Dove
August 23, 2016 US-OK-Tulsa, The Vanguard
August 26, 2016 US-TX-Fort Worth, McDavid Studio
August 28, 2016 US-TX-Austin, One World Theater
September 03, 2016 US-GA-Atlanta, City Winery
September 04, 2016 US-AL-Birmingham, Saturn
September 07, 2016 US-MO-St. Louis, 2720 Cherokee
September 08, 2016 US-MO-Springfield, Nathan P. Murphy´s
September 11, 2016 US-TN-Nashville, City Winery
September 15, 2016 US-FL-Orlando, Plaza Live
September 16, 2016 US-FL-Largo, Largo Cultural Center
September 19, 2016 US-NC-Raleigh, The Pour House Music Hall
September 20, 2016 US-DC-Washington, D.C., Hamilton´s
September 22, 2016 US-PA-Philadelphia, World Café
September 23, 2016 US-PA-New Hope, Havana
September 25, 2016 US-NY-New York City, City Winery
September 27, 2016 US-CT-Stafford Springs, Stafford Palace Theater
September 28, 2016 US-NY-Kingston, Woodstock Music Lab
September 29, 2016 US-MA-Fall River, Narrows Center for the Arts
October 03, 2016 US-MI-Detroit, The Token Lounge
October 10, 2016 US-IL-Chicago, City Winery
October 11, 2016 US-WI-Milwaukee, Shank Hall
October 13, 2016 US-MN-Minneapolis, The Dakota
October 18, 2016 US-WA-Seattle, The Triple Door
October 19, 2016 US-OR-Portland, Doug Fir Lounge
October 20, 2016 US-OR-Eugene, WOW Theater
October 23, 2016 US-CA-Oakland, Yoshi´s
(more dates to be announced)

Terry Bozzio’s Official Drum Tech: Michel Weekhout

For more information: http://www.terrybozzio.com
Terry Bozzio biography: http://terrybozzio.com/biography/

Video:

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Drum Legend Terry Bozzio To Release “Composer Series” 4-CD/DVD!

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For Immediate Release

Drum Legend Terry Bozzio To Release “Composer Series” 4-CD/DVD!

Los Angeles – Legendary & award winning melodic drummer, Terry Bozzio is releasing worldwide, what he calls a “Life’s Work” project of Art & Music on the Japanese label Ward Records in December 2015. Bozzio is embarking on a world tour to promote it starting in Japan and Europe in the fall of 2015 & continuing throughout the US & other territories in 2016. Terry has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Alan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness’ Munetaka Higuchi & “X” Japan’s Hide – as well as Film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham & Patrick O’Hearn – see more at http://www.terrybozzio.com – Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine’s Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone’s Top 5 Drummers of All Time!

Says Bozzio, “I’ve been composing, (not just song writing, like for Missing Persons & Jeff Beck) since the ’70s. I compose in all styles (as one might classify them), from classical to ambient, electronic, film-like to fusion/rock or jazz. I have my own character or personality, it’s unique. I work with many different processes from writing notes on paper, to recording live, to several different computer software applications I may use, that are suited to the particular result I am trying to achieve. Both Zappa & famed musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky encouraged me to compose & I have had my Chamberworks performed at the Vienna Jazz Festival & in Holland w/Metropol Orkest.”

He continued, “I first got interested in Art & Sketching at the encouragement of renowned artist Don Van Vliet (aka: Captain Beefheart) who I played with on my first Zappa/Mothers of Invention tour in 1975. Don was always carrying markers & paper & it looked like fun, so I bought some myself & started. He was very encouraging. Last year, I released my first project called Rhythm & Sketch in collaboration with the art group Scene Four. It’s been successful & inspired me to do more. (available at http://www.terrybozzioart.com)”

Terry Bozzio fulfilled a major 2 &1/2 month US solo tour in 2014 in which he displayed his art as a stage set while performing melodic, tuned melodies on his strikingly large drum set, to sold out crowds.

“I thought it would be great to share this music which I’ve been working on & keeping to myself for so long. I hope to show a different side of my expression from what people are used to seeing from my solo drumming. And, I wanted to have an abstract painting to represent & be paired with each title to create this hybrid project of music & art,” Bozzio explained.

The “Composer Series” contains 59 individual pieces or movements of compositions with a painting in a booklet for each title, along with detailed liner notes for each piece, explaining his concepts, feelings, process and approach for each. It will be available in a deluxe hard-cover artbook which includes Terry Bozzio’s hand drawn illustrations and commentary for each piece, audio CDs & a solo drum performance Blu-Ray shot in Japan in 2015 (w/bonus footage), 192kHz/24bit Hi-Res audio of the 59 pieces on Blu-ray and a bonus DVD including 60min talk session of Terry Bozzio with Masa Ito. The material will also be made available in CD/DVD or 4CD/Blu-ray for record stores, as well as in many or individual downloadable formats online.
http://www.wardrecords.com

Release Formats:
Direct sales only Premium Edition / 4CD + Blu-ray + Hi-Res Audio Blu-ray + Bonus DVD (region free) – WRDZZ-334 (Limited to 500 sets)
All discs are enclosed in a hard-cover book along with Terry’s hand-drawn paintings and commentary (includes Japanese translations), with Terry’s autograph. Fans purchasing the Premium Edition could participate an album listening event and autograph session with Terry Bozzio on 18th December 2015 *Details to be announced at a later date.

CD Track list:
CD1 Fusion1
1. North 101
2. Joe
3. Existential
4. Psychic Energy
5. Arabia
6. Cityscape
7. Offering
8. What Is A Memory?
9. Watched (Under Surveillance)
10. Me, Jeff & Tony
CD2 Fusion2
1. Marked Man
2. Al & Doug
3. Blues for ?
4. Miles
5. Fascist
6.Heavy Metal
7. Beast
8. Psychopath
9. Db Modal
10. OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
11.Three Friends
12. ADD
13. Rondo for Woodwinds
CD3 Classic
1. Six Miniatures for Guitar & Piano
2. Far East
3. Music For Idiots
Three Postcards From Japan
4. Ukiyoe (Full Version)
5. Matsuri (Festival)
6. Haiku (Go-Shichi-Go, 5-7-5)
7. The Courier
8. Sunday Morning
9. Wisteria
10. Mayumi
11. Afro-Industrial Fugue
12. Orchid
13. An Adventure in Modern Spain
14. Elegy
15. Drama
16. Herr Nordegg
17. What She Never Heard
18. Ukiyoe (String Quartet Version) (bonus track)
CD4 Ambient
1. Silenced
2. Self Deceived
3. Anime
4. Liquid
5. Displaced
6. Conversion Process
7. Perception of Honesty
8. Trees In Winter
9. Dream
10. Document 2.5
11. Siren
12. Dark Energy
13. Yon wa no Karasu (4 Crows)
14. Fractalization
15. Shrine
16. Cloud Chamber
17. In Memoriam 9-11
18. Alone

Blu-ray/DVD Contents (region free):
Terry Bozzio Drum Solo at Landmark Studio
Bonus:
Introducing Terry Bozzio’s Drum Set
Terry Bozzio’s Drum Set set up and take down time-lapse video

Audio:
Blu-ray: Linear PCM Stereo / DTS HD Master Audio
DVD: Dolby Digital Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1ch Surround Sound
Audio Blu-ray

Bonus DVD:
Terry Bozzio and Masa Ito Talk Session
Run Time: Approximately 60 minutes

To purchase:
Hardcover Book Premium Edition 4CD+Blu-ray+Blu-ray (Audio)+Bonus DVD: http://wardrecords.com/SHOP/WRDZZ334_OS.html
4CD+Blu-ray: http://wardrecords.com/SHOP/GQCS90069_3_OS.html
4CD+DVD: http://wardrecords.com/SHOP/GQCS90074_8_OS.html

JAPAN TOUR 2015 / 2016 An Evening with Terry Bozzio
*Celebrating the release of “Terry Bozzio Composer Series” CD Box Set*

04 Dec (Fri) – Takasaki (Gunma) / Club Fleez
13 Dec (Sun) – Koufu (Yamanashi) / Sakuraza
22 Dec (Tue) – Toyama / Summer Knight
25 Dec (Fri) – Kanazawa (Ishikawa) / AZ
27 Dec (Sun) – Fukui /Chop

04 Jan 2016 (Mon) billboard-LIVE Tokyo
06 Jan 2016 (Wed) billboard-LIVE Osaka

Terry Bozzio’s Official Drum Tech: Mitsutaka “Michi” Edakawa

For more information: http://www.terrybozzio.com
Terry Bozzio biography: http://terrybozzio.com/biography/

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BAM Magazine Review of An Evening with Terry Bozzio

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AN EVENING WITH DRUM LEGEND TERRY BOZZIO
OCTOBER 25, 2014 | STEVE ROBY

Terry Bozzio

October 23, 2014

Yoshi’s, Oakland

Terry Bozzio has worked with world-class artists such as Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, and Steve Vai, and Rolling Stone listed him as the fifth greatest drummer in rock. On Thursday, he stopped by Yoshi’s at the tail end of this tour which celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first drum lesson.

Bozzio, 63, has been traveling across North America for nearly three months now with his wife, Mayumi; and drum tech, Ben, who has the tedious job of assembling the “sculpture” (as Bozzio likes to call his behemoth melodic drum kit), at every show. The enormous structure virtually encases him with only a tiny three-foot opening to view the audience.

The “sculpture” features 26 toms, two snares, eight bass drums, 53 cymbals, 22 pedals, and a whole lot more. Bozzio plays on two-and-a-half octaves of tuned tom-toms and eight notes of bass drum. There are 22 pedals that have to be fine-tuned every day so they don’t interfere with each other. If you’d like a more accurate accounting of his kit, click this link.

As the show began, Bozzio climbed into his kit while playing several mini shakers that set the tone for the first song, “Africa.” The first set ran an hour and included “Flute Loops,” and a composition called “Debussy,” a piece inspired by one of his classical music heroes, Claude Debussy.

For the rest of the review, please visit the BAM Magazine website!


Orlando Weekly Review of Terry Bozzio at the Plaza Live

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Terry Bozzio at the Plaza Live (photo by James Dechert)

ORLANDO MUSIC NEWS
This Little Underground: Terry Bozzio at the Plaza Live
September 8, 2014
By Bao Le-Huu

Beyond a string of credits alongside people like Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Missing Persons and U.K., Terry Bozzio (Sept. 5, Plaza Live) has built a legacy of his own as a percussion pioneer. On his first North American solo drum performance, he rode into town on what’s billed as the “world’s largest tuned drum and percussion set.” Just look at this thing…

Like an instrumental array from some H.R. Giger dream, this one-of-a-kind behemoth is more evocative and beautiful than most big-city urban art. It’s maybe the only solo kit out there that could break Neil Peart’s heart.

For the rest of the review, please visit the Orlando Weekly website!


Rolling Stone Interview with Terry Bozzio

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Zappa Drum Legend Terry Bozzio on Touring the World’s Largest Tuned Kit
The Missing Persons/Fantômas/Korn pounder hitting 40 American dates playing giant, melodic kit

BY CHRISTOPHER R. WEINGARTEN | August 26, 2014

Terry Bozzio — one of rock drumming’s most formidable and brain-circuiting forces — is currently touring America, playing solo dates on “the world’s largest tuned drum and percussion set.” Best known as the hurricane behind Frank Zappa’s late-Seventies and early-Eighties work, and the hit-maker behind new wave powerhouse Missing Persons, Bozzio, 63, is hoping to shed his reputation as technical solo shredder. Following successful tours in Europe and Japan, “An Evening With Terry Bozzio,” is the first time he’s touring a melodic solo percussion performance in North America — hitting 40 dates, playing on two-and-a-half octaves of tuned tom-toms and eight notes of bass drum. We caught up with him to ask the drumming legend exactly how he’s lugging this thing across America.

How are you doing?
Man, I’m in hell right now!

Do tell…
I’m on my way to San Diego for the first gig of the big tour here and we snapped a serpentine belt in my SUV, so we’re trying to find a garage to fix it in and make the gig on time.

So, wait, are you doing this tour in your own SUV?
Yeah, I always do that. We tow a trailer with my drums — it’s me, my wife, and my tech — and that’s how we do it.

So this is your first solo tour of America doing this?
Yeah. Essentially for me, personally, it’s like doing same thing, different day; it’s just packaging. My problem’s always been how to market myself, so now I have a booking agent and a press guy who’s come to bat for me and they believes in me. The idea of a solo drummer is a difficult thing to get across to people. They think of the thrashing and bashing of a typical rock-concert drum solo. And what I do is not that [laughs]. So, basically, I’ve been doing the same type of playing under the guise of a drum and cymbal commercial for 25 years — maybe 30 years now — for Sabian or Drum Workshop drums. And what I’m doing now is taking it to a more public level.

It certainly got our attention more than a drum clinic would…
So, what I do, is my drums are tuned to chromatic and diatonic pitches and I have, I guess, I have two and a half, three octaves or so of notes to play on the toms. And then I have the eight different white notes of the piano as my bass drums. So I’m able to accompany myself much the same way a pianist would — with his left hand playing the bass notes and the right hand soloing against it. And that’s how I approach the drum-set. It’s very melodic, it’s compositional — it’s also improvisational — but I improvise in a compositional matter, it’s not just patterns and shredding and crap that you go, “Man, this guy does that perfectly. If on only if it meant something, you know?” L.A., it seems, has a glut of those kind of players that are just really enviable in their technique but don’t really say much, or maybe they don’t want to something that would make a producer not hire them for a session. So, for myself, it’s a pretty much a complete musical statement on the drums, and it doesn’t lose the primitive and the bashing and that fiery rock stuff that happens on the drum set. Otherwise, I’d just be a pianist or a marimba player.

It’s kind of a neat thing that it’s happened this year in the States because this is the 50th anniversary of my first drum lesson. It’s kind of neat how life and fate all work together, and here I am sitting in a broken car, sweating, hoping I’ll make the first gig. [laughs]

For the rest of the interview, please visit the Rolling Stone website!


Local Band for Hire Interview with Terry Bozzio

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Terry Bozzio Interview 2014: Rhythm & Sketch
ON JUNE 15, 2014 BY THOMAS MANGANO

Iconic drummer Terry Bozzio took time during his hugely successful world tour to talk to Local Band about his new music and his new art. Bozzio incorporates his new interpretive art which is appropriately named: [RHYTHM] + [SKETCH] into the visuals of his world” tour de force” to create electrifying and highly personalized impressions of sound and art. Terry is probably best know for his work with Frank Zappa, Missing Persons and the progressive rock revival group, UK. However, the artists credits extend much further than that. Starting in the early 70′s the ambitious drummer made appearances with some of the most well known and respected artists in the industry and is perhaps one of the most sought after percussionist around. For tour dates, artist information and some great video promos visit Terry’s site: TerryBozzioArt .com & Terry Bozzio.com.

Please enjoy a conversation with Terry!

LBFH: Terry, Your rig has grown into what has to be one of the most sophisticated in use today. Is this a self creation or have you collaborated with others to bring this “sound sculpture” to life?
TB: It’s my ideas and a lot of personal labor! But of course it’s possible because of the generous support of DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals & my other sponsors.

LBFH: Your performances now incorporate a lot of electronic, computer and visual technologies, Is this tricky to work with live?
TB: It’s all pretty fail safe. I spend a lot of time making things easy for me & my techs who set up and move it. Any ambient music loops are in an iPod & the Roland midi system w/ Pintech triggers is probably the most complex signal chain. But it’s very reliable.

For the rest of the interview, please visit the Local Band for Hire website!


Exclusive Magazine Interview with Terry Bozzio

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Terry Bozzio [Drum Legend!]
‘The Beat Goes On’

Drum legend Terry Bozzio, known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, UK and his critically acclaimed solo ventures, celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first drum lesson with “An Evening With Terry Bozzio” coast-to-coast North American tour!

During the course of this tour, Terry Bozzio will hit over 40 cities from San Diego to Jacksonville to Montreal to Vancouver to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. This will be a night of solo drumming and include compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation.

It is by no means a clinic or a workshop. Enjoy an intimate evening of Terry Bozzio and his monster sculpture of a drum kit together for the first time in seated venues across North America.

In other news, over the last four decades drummer Terry Bozzio has built an extraordinary legacy based on his unique approach to rhythm and the diverse and acclaimed recordings to which he’s contributed.

For the rest of the bio and the interview, please visit the Exclusive Magazine website!


Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World´s Largest Tuned Drum and Percussion Set on Forthcoming North American Tour!

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Photo by André Ozga

For Immediate Release

Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World´s Largest Tuned Drum and Percussion Set on Forthcoming North American Tour!

An Evening with TERRY BOZZIO North American Tour 2014

Los Angeles, CA – Drum legend Terry Bozzio, known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, UK and his critically acclaimed solo ventures, celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first drum lesson with “An Evening With Terry Bozzio” coast-to-coast North American tour! During the course of this tour, Terry Bozzio will hit over 40 cities from San Diego to Jacksonville to Montreal to Vancouver to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. This will be a night of solo drumming and include compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation. It is by no means a clinic or a workshop. Enjoy an intimate evening of Terry Bozzio and his monster sculpture of a drum kit together for the first time in seated venues across North America.

“TERRY BOZZIO – An Evening of Solo Drum Music” is a unique, intense, dynamic, spiritualistic, melodic, orchestral, atmospheric, and musical performance on the largest tuned drum & percussion set in the world. Unless you have seen Terry, you have no idea what you are in for. Bozzio is an enigmatic, evocative, and engaging musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums. Terry Bozzio is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical, & ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Terry Bozzio is “a storyteller,” able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement, & passion.

Terry has had tremendous success with his last two Terry Bozzio solo drum performance tours in Europe (2012 included his headline show at the Jazz Festival Frankfurt – the oldest jazz festival in the world – and 2013 which included sold out performances in Sweden, Germany, Eastern Europe, and France). Please note that this is not a bombastic 2 hour drum solo. This is MUSIC on drums, “an evening with Terry Bozzio.” In most of Bozzio’s works, he accompanies himself with bass lines while soloing over it melodically on the tuned toms. There is space, classical forms & structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting & fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet!

An Evening with TERRY BOZZIO North American Tour Dates:

Aug 15, 2014 – Mexicali, BC, Mexico – Lob Bar (Bol Bol)
Aug 17, 2014 – Phoenix, AZ – MIM Music Theater
Aug 23, 2014 – Denver, CO – Soiled Dove
Aug 26, 2014 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
Aug 28, 2014 – Conroe, TX – Dosey Doe
Aug 29, 2014 – Fort Worth, TX – McDavid Studio
Aug 31, 2014 – Austin, TX – One World Theater
Sept 04, 2014 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Sept 05, 2014 – Largo, FL – Largo Cultural Center
Sept 10, 2014 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Sept 11, 2014 – Wilmington, DE – World Café
Sept 13, 2014 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
Sept 14, 2014 – New York City, NY – Iridium (2 shows – 8pm & 10pm)
Sept 15, 2014 – New York City, NY – Iridium (2 shows – 8pm & 10pm)
Sept 16, 2014 – Stafford Springs, CT – Stafford Palace Theater
Sept 19, 2014 – Richmond Hill, ON, Canada – Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Sept 21, 2014 – Buffalo, NY – Nietzches
Sept 24, 2014 – Nashville, TN – 3rd and Lindsley
Sept 26, 2014 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
Sept 30, 2014 – Little Rock, AR – Juanitas
Oct 05, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Martyrs
Oct 06, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Martyrs
Oct 14, 2014 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Orpheus Theatre
Oct 16, 2014 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Imperial
Oct 17, 2014 – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada – Tidemark Theatre
Oct 19, 2014 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
Oct 20, 2014 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Oct 23, 2014 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi´s
Oct 25, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Catalina´s
Oct 26, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Catalina´s

In other news, Over the last four decades, drummer Terry Bozzio has built an extraordinary legacy based on his unique approach to rhythm and the diverse and acclaimed recordings to which he’s contributed. On April 18, 2014 he’ll go beyond genres into new mediums with the release of an art collection titled [RHYTHM] + [SKETCH]. Available exclusive at http://www.terrybozzioart.com, the collection is a fusion of artwork crafted over the last three decades mixed with new abstract visuals made from capturing rhythm.

A project that began a year ago, [RHYTHM] + [SKETCH] is a highly limited release of artwork on canvas. The collection’s visuals are a unique fusion of ink sketches Bozzio has made throughout his career, as well as his take on the new medium of rhythm-on-canvas, a process of creating abstract artwork through the documentation of rhythmic performance and light movement. To build the collection, Bozzio joined Los Angeles art team SceneFour in the creation process. SceneFour is the team responsible for the rhythm-on-canvas movement, working exclusively with the world’s finest drummers to craft abstract artwork from performance. “Terry’s collection is a remarkable step forward. His style is so unique that once captured the arcs and techniques he’s mastered become crystal clear to a discerning viewer,” SceneFour’s Co-Founder Cory Danziger states. “The fusion of Terry’s sketches into the rhythmic creations is a natural. His work behind the kit has similarities to the artwork done by hand. It’s very telling of how his creativity is consistent even as it crosses platforms.” In total, twelve different works are featured in Bozzio’s collection, with a limited number of each piece available to the public on April 18, 2014. Each piece is numbered and signed individually by Bozzio. To join the interest list to learn more and see it before the release, sign up at http://www.terrybozzioart.com. Terry’s stage setting for his upcoming solo drum tour will include large pieces of his [RHYTHM] + [SKETCH] work as a backdrop on the stage.

“I just want to make music on the drums.” – Terry Bozzio

For more information: http://www.terrybozzio.com
Terry Bozzio Biography: http://terrybozzio.com/biography/

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