Mellow Metal

by Wobbuffet

Sunday, 17 December – 8:00pm
St. Louis Artist Guild, 12 Jackson Avenue
$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Artists
Hearding Cats is proud to present Mellow Metal, a collaboration on metal percussion instruments between Shannon Wood, Tom Stubbs, and Rich O’Donnell.
The trio will be performing with instruments such as Gamelan gongs and Chinese cymbals, creating high harmonics, vowel sounds, and many other nuanced sounds rarely experienced by non-percussionists.
The audience is welcome to have a seat, walk around the room to fully experience the acoustics of the space, or bring yoga mats and bask in the meditative atmosphere.

Native St. Louisan Rich O’Donnell started drumming at age seven, beginning his lifelong obsession with  timbrel possibilities.  He’s a forty-three year veteran of the St. Louis Symphony, retired 15 years ago but still remains obsessed.

Tom Stubbs started playing metal instruments in the St. Louis Symphony in 1970 & teaching the same at SLU & the Aspen Music Festival & School.  The cymbal crashes add up.

Shannon Wood has served as the principal timpanist of the St. Louis Symphony for four years, and plays around the US in the off-season in local festivals and touring orchestras.

Saturday, 11 November – 7:30pm
Satori, 3003 Locust Street
$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Artists

Continuing our 9th season, Hearding Cats presents analog DIY inventors and improvisers Martin Freeman and Bbob Drake.  The duo will be performing improvised sets on instruments of their own design and construction.  Freeman and Drake take a measured, minimalist approach to the chaotic nature of improvisation on analog synthesizer, letting their instruments state their cases slowly and clearly… for analog synthesizers, at least. Please take a look at the links throughout this post and hear for yourself!

photo by r.nuuja

Martin Freeman is an improvising musician and instrument builder from Rochester, NY. He works predominantly with electronics instruments of his own design, which are inspired by voltage-controlled synthesizers from the 1940s to the present with special attention given to creating opportunities for uncertainty and surprising behavior. His performance practice typically involves provoking and wrangling unpredictable circuits in a web of knob-laden boxes that are covered in candy wrappers and collages.
Recordings are available through Freeman’s soundcloud.


Bbob Drake is a veteran legend of the American analog DIY scene, and in addition to his compositions, his website ( is a resource for beginners and experts alike.

Patrick Cain will be unable to make the performance, but here is a recent collaborative performance with Martin Freeman.  Kevin Harris, an artist who actively fears being injured by an exploding cathode ray tube, will be doing the live video synthesis for the event.