Secret Drum Band

This is a past event. Friday, January 11 at 9:00pm

Mississippi Studios & Bar Bar 3939 N. Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227

Secret Drum Band is a percussion ensemble based in Portland, Ore. Driven by four drummers, each song also employs an array of affected vocals, guitar and synthesizers, often mimicking sounds found in nature. Founder/composer Lisa Schonberg and composer Allan Wilson document habitats and soundscapes in their compositions, with the goal of drawing attention to issues concerning endangered species, habitat loss and other environmental issues. 

Stylistically, Secret Drum Band pull from a unique vantage point, drawing allusions from Liquid Liquid, The Creatures and Crash Worship, as well as the composers’ previous groups Explode Into Colors and !!! (chk chk chk). Secret Drum Band’s live performances are transportive, an opportune meditation on the relationships between humans, ecology and music. 

All pieces are carefully scored by Schonberg and Wilson, allowing each musician to realize the complex and intricate arrangements in a live setting. Secret Drum Band's compositions have covered topics such as the endangered bees of Hawaii, the Mojave desert and logging in Mount Hood National Forest. 

Secret Drum Band's live performances feature percussionists Schonberg, Wilson, Anthony Brisson and Zanny Geffel, and a rotating lineup of ambient musicians including Sam Humans, Brian Mumford and Marcus Fischer. SDB’s recent releases include their first full-length LP Dynamics and Schonberg's EP of her Amazonas compositions, UAU. Secret Drum Band is currently booking shows for a March 2019 tour of Northeastern U.S.

With: IE, Sunbathe.

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Music, Nightlife





$10 advance, $12 day of show


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