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Dresher Davel Invented Instrument Duo

Paul Dresher, Quadrachord and Hurdy Grande; Joel Davel, Marimba Lumina and Buchla Lightning
Friday, March 11, 2022 - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 12, 2022 - 7:30pm

Performing live on a pair of huge invented musical instruments, the duo of acclaimed composer, performer & instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist-extraordinaire Joel Davel consistently generates "an exciting sense of mystery and surprise." (Portland Press Herald

Playing the 15-foot Quadrachord or the 10-foot Hurdy Grande, and featuring Don Buchla’s magical Marimba Lumina and Lightning controller, Dresher and Davel create lush textures and rhythmically propulsive grooves that fascinate the ear and the eye. Exploring unique sound-colors amplified by live digital looping, this electro-acoustic duo creates complex sonic layers as rich as a full orchestra.  

Program Notes: the new Mondavi Center Mobile app will be used this year for most program notes. You can access the notes in both web and mobile app versions here.
This performance is being presented as part of SHAPE (Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement), an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded program in which UC Davis students encounter the humanities, arts, and sciences integrated to express and examine the power each holds as a means of responding to our world.


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Friday, March 11, 2022 - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 12, 2022 - 7:30pm
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre

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