Thinking Outside The Bachs; Paths To New Expression On The Vibraphone
Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Ed Smith's music career as a jazz vibraphonist and percussionist spans more than three decades and has taken him to Europe, Asia, and Mexico. In 1992, Ed helped form the internationally recognized world percussion group, D'Drum, which recorded the soundtrack for the National Geographic Film Lions of Darkness. A PBS short film about the group and their world travels won an Emmy in 1999. As a member of D’Drum, Ed recently collaborated with Stewart Copeland on a world music concerto called “Gamelan D’Drum.” It’s world premiere with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in February 2011 received rave reviews. Ed began traveling to Bali, Indonesia in 1995 to study the music of wayang kulit (shadow puppet play) on the gamelan gender wayang. Since 2002, he has been studying the music of the large Balinese gamelan, gong kebyar. Ed teaches vibes and Balinese gamelan at the University of North Texas and vibes at SMU.