Rheō is the Greek term ῥέω, meaning ‘to flow’. It is the root of the word ‘rhythm’.
Rheō is also a genre-bending recording by percussionist Patrick Graham, a cross-cultural and multi-faceted exploration of rhythm. This 2009 release features 13 original tracks, including heavy beats on taiko and davul, frame drum solos, recycled metal, log drum improvisations, and a roster of outstanding collaborators: Ben Grossman (vielle à roue & electronics) , Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese and western flutes), Nicholas Williams (bamboo flutes), Debashis Sinha (percussion) and On Ensemble (taiko & percussion).
Patrick Graham has been called a “master improvisor on percussion” who “…stands on the border of several forms of traditional and creative music, embracing the world of rhythm as a whole” (Le Devoir). His playing synthesizes a dizzying array of influences, from Japanese percussion, Mediterranean frame drumming, Indian and Irish rhythms to an ongoing fascination with new and found sounds. Patrick has performed, toured and recorded with numerous Canadian and international artists including Autorickshaw, Small World Project, OktoEcho, Norouet, La Nef, Trichy Sankaran, Ben Grossman, On Ensemble, Kaoru Watanabe, Ganesh Anandan, Peter Herbert, Carlo Rizzo, Kohei Nishikawa, and Tetsuro Naito, as well as dancers Hideo Arai, Geneviève Martin and Tomomi Morimoto. He is also active as an instructor, and has conducted workshops in Canada, the USA, India, Japan and China. Patrick Graham is an endorser of Cooperman Drums.