Rich O’Donnell, Gino Robair, and Andrea Centazzo
Saturday, Jun. 16, 2012 – 8 pm
Admission: $15 / $10 students, artists
HEARding Cats Collective, St. Louis’ most adventurous arts presenter, is thrilled to showcase the St. Louis premier of a percussion trio featuring
Gino Robair – photo by Jane Richey
world-class artists Rich O’Donnell, Gino Robair, and Andrea Centazzo. The trio made their world premier at Birmingham Improvisor Festival in August 2010, and NYC premier at John Zorn’s venue, The Stone on April 5, 2012. The group uses a combination of traditional and self-invented instruments in non-traditional and unusual ways to create improvised and transformative soundscapes.
Rich O’Donnell is a powerhouse in the St. Louis contemporary music scene. His career as a professional musician spans six decades, and has taken him around the globe. Over the last 10 years, O’Donnell has focused largely on the development and expression of instruments and techniques that he has invented. This includes the “see-saw drumming” style in which he plays with two beaters per hand, his exploration of complex rhythmic structures such as swarming, Moire patterns, and harmonic rhythms; and the use of self invented instruments/apparatuses for which he has received patents. The combination of these instrumental and aesthetic explorations gives O’Donnell a unique language with which to express his—mostly improvised—ideas.
Gino Robair has created music for dance, theater, radio, television, silent film, and gamelan orchestra, and his works have been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He was composer in residence with the California Shakespeare Festival for five seasons and served as music director for the CBS animated series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. His commercial work includes themes for the MTV and Comedy Central cable
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networks. Robair is also one of the “25 innovative percussionists” included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001). He has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, and Terry Riley. Robair is a founding member of the Splatter Trio and the heavy-metal band, Pink Mountain. In addition, he runs Rastascan Records, a label devoted to creative music. As a writer about music technology, Robair has contributed to Mix, Remix, Guitar Player, and Electronic Musician (EM) magazine, where he was an editor for 10 years.
In an artistic career that spans over twenty-five years, Andrea Centazzo has given more than 1000 concerts and live performances in Europe and the United States, as well as having appeared and performed on numerous radio
Andrea Centazzo – image courtesy of vicfirth.com
and television broadcasts. He has recorded over 60 LP’s and CD’s, and has authored 350 compositions and eight musicology books. His musical endeavors and creative expression range from the sublime to the passionate, from lyric opera to orchestral symphony and solo percussion. Centazzo is a pioneer of contemporary percussion, and in the early years performed with many now renowned avant-garde musicians. Deservedly, Centazzo has received a number of prestigious music and video awards (Premio Speciale della Critica Discografica Italiana, USA Downbeat Poll, International Video Festival Tokyo, Prix Arcanal of French Culture, etc.). Since 1983, Centazzo has been dedicated to creating multi-media experiences. This expansion began with an exhibition of his scores rendered as painted ideograms, and evolved into video performances combining both live performance with video images. These efforts culminated in his directing award-winning videos and films. As a soundtrack composer, he unites traditional instrumentation with current technological advances in musical expression through sampling machines and computers. These efforts give a new perspective to the fusion of sound and image through his theatre, television, video, CD rom, and feature film scores.