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Author Topic: "Peter Pan" Musical Perfomed Entirely on ZD-LT!  (Read 1425 times)

kbour

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"Peter Pan" Musical Perfomed Entirely on ZD-LT!
« on: March 18, 2007, 03:34:20 PM »

I received my Zendrum-LT in early December.  Shortly thereafter, I was invited to play in the pit for an upcoming musical, "Peter Pan."  I didn't tell the music director at the time, but I had the notion, from the get-go, that I would play the show solely with my ZD.   In the previous three years, I used my entire V-Drum ensemble which worked out extremely well.  Actually, I'm glad that I had this "gig" coming up because it really helped me focus on techniques in a big hurry.  The 5 piece ensemble rehearsed in my music studio and, from the very 1st session, I played every tune only with the ZD.  My fellow musicians were quite skeptical at first because it hardly seemed plausible to them that all the drum/percussion parts could be played convincingly on this instrument.  Today (Sunday matinee), we just completed our 3rd performance and I have to say that the ZD has worked out famously.  I did not even have to resort to foot pedals  which I originally thought would be necessary.  The enthusiastic support from the band, the cast, and director had been so positive that they already invited me to play next year's musical -- "Oklahoma" -- and, yes, they would like me to use the Zendrum. 

Surprisingly, I haven't experienced much audience response to this newfangled device.  I don't know if they can't see into the pit or just don't care that much about percussion.  One elder drummer did approach me after today's show and remarked, "..and here I thought I used to be a drummer!"  It was an extremely gracious compliment.   I suspect that some people may just feel a bit timid about coming up to the "drummer" and inquiring about the instrument.   Anyway . . .

GO ZENDRUMMERS![/b]
Ken
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Re: "Peter Pan" Musical Perfomed Entirely on ZD-LT!
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2007, 08:24:20 PM »

That is great. As a guy who also does musicals, I can't wait to try the Zendrum in the pit. I am glad your musical director had the good sense to see how big an asset they can be.
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Re: "Peter Pan" Musical Perfomed Entirely on ZD-LT!
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2007, 06:57:14 AM »

I've done 3 high school musicals so far with my Zendrum, and will be doing my forth, Footloose, in May.

The Zen is a perfect instrument for these venues.  With my TD-10exp, I have every possible instrument I need, and I can create several differant maps depending on the musical needs.  The audiance never sees us as we are hidden behind a false wall.   :(  People often come up after the show and are surprised to not see a full percussion set-up.  Most comments are positive.  The negative ones I'll attribute to envy and ignorance.  ;D

Two of the musicals I had the Zen laying flat like a laptop with lots of accent instruments (bells, claps, triangles, timpanis, etc., and last year, Grease, and this years, Footloose, I play standing up using a traditional drum set mapping.
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Re: "Peter Pan" Musical Perfomed Entirely on ZD-LT!
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2007, 09:02:25 AM »

I just finished playing a run of "Grease" with my Zendrum.  This was a perfect avenue for it; small theater plus rock show.  One of my favorite things about the show was that halfway through I switched my module from my pedalboard to a borrowed Handsonic.  Changed a few MIDI notes, replugged a cable, boom. 

I concur that the Zendrum and electronic percussion in general is a vastly underrated and underused tool for pit orchestrae.  Unfortunately, I have also found that unless you have a very liberal production staff and a very forgiving acoustic environment, the e's can wind up being a letdown.  Too often I've found myself in a situation where "they don't sound like 'real drums' (gads how I hate that phrase) " is given more weight than "we have 900 percussion tones in a footprint the size of a suitcase".  But, there is always that one show where they say "don't you have that electric drum set?  We could really use that."  And it all works out.
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Re: "Peter Pan" Musical Perfomed Entirely on ZD-LT!
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2007, 09:11:13 AM »

That is great.   The Zendrum is an awesome tool in the pit.  I did a show called "Once On This Island",  and the Zen was almost necessary for the show.  By remapping alot of the sounds,  I was able to play so many more percussive sound together than just Right foot/Left foot/Right Hand/Left hand stuff....

  My MalletKat is another great tool for pit stuff--  one instrument,  yet you have bells/xylo/marimba/timpani/chimes/ or whatever you need at your disposal  (I have the one with the sounds on board)
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