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Dave Storrs' Sound Shack Part 2: Sila Shaman

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New York-based pianist/composer/producer Sila Shaman lived in Corvallis, Oregon, from 2005 to 2011. She taught there, at Oregon State University, and composed a soundtrack for a satirical musical production at OSU. This professional stint is notable for two reasons: one, it laid some of the groundwork for her current efforts at composing soundtracks for movies and T.V. (the score for the 2019 documentary Sisters In Freedom and music for the T.V. pilot Perception); and two, she crossed paths in the ...

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Dave Storrs' Sound Shack: Part 1

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At one time it was a place to park a car. A detached garage in Corvallis, Oregon, surrounded by trees. Percussionist Dave Storrs transformed it into a recording studio around about 1992. And Louie Records was born. If Louie Records can be said to have enjoyed a heyday as a proper record company (whatever that might mean), it would have been the early 2000s, with releases like Storrs' Waxing The Slide (2002), Techno Lodge's Party With Techno (2003), ...

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Album Review

Klobas/Storrs/Hundemer: An Hour of Now

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When a jazz fan hears “trio outing," he might think bass and drums teamed up with a lead instrument: a piano, guitar or sax. But An Hour of Now, the third outing by Mike Klobas, Dave Storrs, and Page Hundemer, continues in a drums/drums/bass format. Two drummers and a bassist? A hard sell, isn't it? Who doesn't, in perusing the jazz CD reviews, check out the disc's instrumentation for an idea of the sounds to be encountered? But ...

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Dave Storrs: Waxing the Slide

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If Dave Storrs had chosen writing instead of music as his art, Waxing the Slide would take the form of an offbeat novel, the story told from the shifting perspectives of a series of first person narrators. Something along the lines of Louise Erdrich's The Beet Queen or Love Medicine, disparate perpsectives held together by the author's (music-maker's) bold and clearly focused vision.Storrs is the brains and beat behind Louie Records, out of Corvallis, Oregon. He has been ...

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Klobas, Storrs, Hundemer: In the Room

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'The Room' is percussionist Dave Storrs'studio/garage, a no-frills recording mecca in, of all places, Corvallis, Oregon; where Storrs' and various musical units get together to create spontaneous sounds for the CDs of Louie Records. And since it's Dave's studio, and there is no middleman corporate guy trying to reign things in, you get the undiluted stuff.That's what In the Room is: pure, unfettered musical creation: Dave Storrs and Mike Klobas on the drum sets, Page Hundemer on electric ...

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Album Review

Dave Storrs: Another Thing

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What makes a percussion album so unique is its array of indefinite pitches and the variety of ways in which they’re used. Dave Storrs uses hand drums, gongs, marimba, tiny bells, hand chimes, tom toms, a snare drum, shakers, and more. Bringing the listener closer to Nature, his song creations leave impressions of wild antelope pitter-patter, raindrops on rooftops, wind-blown reeds, thumps on a hollow log, and native dance. The rhythms of Nature, after all, provide grist for the mill ...

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Dave Storrs: Another Thing

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The concept of the jazz drum solo emerged out of band arrangements where drummers who normally kept time in the background could leap out front for a brief moment in the sun. It has matured since then, and the full range of colors available to the modern percussionist can make a drum solo much more than a showy display of virtuosity. Dave Storrs emerges on his solo percussion disc Another Thing as a drummer of many talents: first and foremost, ...


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