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Rheō

by Patrick Graham

Eclectic, cinematic, and expansive collection of original music for percussion, frame drums, taiko, vielle à roue, bamboo flutes, dan moi, melodica, pots, pans, toy accordion, and restless fingers.
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1. King Worm
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2. Strata (feat. Ben Grossman)
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3. Tree Rings
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4. Le souffle m'envahit (feat. Kaoru Watanabe)
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5. National Film Board, 3am (feat. Debashis Sinha)
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6. Brilla
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7. Arboresque
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8. Liminality (feat. Nicholas Williams)
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9. Ferrous (feat. Ben Grossman & Kaoru Watanabe)
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10. Ultraviolet
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11. Sand (feat. Nicholas Williams)
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12. Strikes 13 (feat. On Ensemble)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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.


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Gary Diggins


What a masterful expression of space, sound, and soul. As a musician who uses sound in therapy, I want you to know that the RHEO project could be marketed as medicine - a sonic tonic. I hear new fathoms each time I re-visit a track. Kudos to you and the other collaborators for this beautiful interplay of discipline and spontaneity.

Yves Bernard


À la frontière de plusieurs musiques traditionnelles et de création, le Montréalais embrasse le monde du rythme dans son ensemble. Il se qualifie lui-même de multipercussionniste. Fort justement, puisqu'il peut aussi bien maîtriser les tambourins les plus intimes, qu'il joue à main nue, que les taïkos japonais, qu'il frappe avec des baguettes. S'il s'intéresse à la planète entière, il ne se réclame d'aucune tradition particulière et s'applique d'abord à trouver ce qui lui est personnel. Si certaines couleurs japonaises ou indiennes se dégagent de certaines pièces, Graham possède l'art de la synthèse. De nombreuses percussions chantent, glissent, hachurent, se confrontent et se superposent. Des invités comme Ben Grossman à la vielle à roue ou Nicholas Williams à la flûte de bambou apportent couleurs et mélodies. Mais toujours, les tambours se pointent droit devant. Une démarche forte dans un monde complexe aux richesses multiples.

Terry O'Mahoney

Percussive Notes #83
Rheo is a genre-bending collection of percussion-based contemporary chamber/art music. Utilizing his musical expertise on a plethora of percussion instruments and his familiarity with numerous musical traditions, Patrick Graham has partnered with several colleagues and the On Ensemble to create 13 original works that blend world music traditions with contemporary improvisation and composition. Accompanied here by Ben Grossman (vielle a roué), Kaoru Watanabe and
Nicholas Williams (flutes), and Debashis Sinha (toy accordion), Graham draws the bulk of his compositional inspiration from India, Japan and the Middle East. Not bound by strict musical partitions, however, Graham frequently juxtaposes traditions and instruments to create an intriguing sound. One example is the opening track, “King Worm,” which combines an Indian sounding drone with Japanese taiko drum patterns. Another example is “Strata,” which sets the electronic sound of the vielle à roue (hurdy-gurdy) against a bodhran groove. This tendency to fuse musical styles gives his compositions a familiarity but from a new vantage point. Percussion is clearly at the center of every track on Rheo, and Graham really delivers on every track. His compositional approaches, groove playing and improvisation make this an excellent percussion recording.

Shoji Kameda

Amazing and unique exploration of sound
Patrick Graham’s unique vocabulary, impeccable technique and perfect aesthetic choices make him one of my favorite artists. RHEO is an amazing work in all regards. These short clips do not do justice to the depth of this recording. This is an album that is expansive in scope drawing inspiration from every corner of the globe. The range of timbres that Patrick achieves with his collaborators draws the listener into a vast world of beautiful soundscapes. I highly recommend this album for anybody with a sense of adventure.

Kristofer Bergstrom

Rheō
This is one of the most enjoyable albums I've come across in a long time. The music goes to all sorts of interesting places from feel-good grooves to discordant noise, and Patrick finds the perfect balance of each. The whole album kept me interested.

After listening straight through 4 or 5 times, I find myself coming back to tracks 1, 2, and 8.

Track 1, "King Worm", uses a wide range of Patrick's percussion with satisfying breaks and interesting rhythms in 3. I love the way it's recorded - the drums sound big and full and you can hear the smaller sounds clearly. A mid-song break-down builds to a rocking, Doudou N'daye-esque ending. It's delightful!

Track 2, "Strata", with the dreamy vielle a roue and a rich drone in the background is a perfect follow-up to the album's upbeat beginning.

Track 8 "Liminality" is a shorter piece based around a flute looping through simple variations. A melodica drone and clapping join Patrick's frame drum to build to a wonderfully groovy end that reminds me of a Reich "Clapping Music" remix.

This is a *fantastic* album!