Performing live on a pair of huge invented musical instruments, the Duo of acclaimed composer, performer & instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist-extraordinaire Joel Davel consistently generates excitement and wonder!

Playing the 15-foot Quadrachord or the 10-foot Hurdy Grande, both controlled by Don Buchla’s magical Marimba Lumina, Dresher and Davel create lush textures and rhythmically propulsive grooves that fascinate the ear and the eye. Exploring unique sound-colors amplified by live digital looping, this electro-acoustic duo creates complex sonic layers as rich as a full orchestra. 

Audiences are sonically immersed and visually overwhelmed both by the sight and sound of these sculptural inventions as by the energetic and imaginative ways Dresher and Dave interact with them physically.

Photo by John Elliot.

Performing on two extraordinary invented musical instruments -  the four stringed & fifteen foot long  Quadrachord and the electronic magic of the Marimba Lumina - Dresher and Davel create lush textures and rhythmically propulsive grooves that fascinate both the ear and the eye.   Through the magic of live digital looping, this electro-acoustic duo creates a complexity of layers that rivals the richness of much larger ensembles and orchestras.

With its 14 foot long steel strings, the Quadrachord might look like an extreme electric guitar but in addition to being plucked like a guitar, it can be bowed like a cello, played like a slide guitar, prepared like a piano and hammered on like a percussion instrument.

The Marimba Lumina is an invention by renowned synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla in collaboration with Joel Davel and Mark Goldstein. It is a sophisticated electronic instrument modeled after its acoustic namesake, but it offers a much more complex and sophisticated means of triggering and manipulating electronic and acoustically generated sounds.

The Dresher/Davel duo has performed extensively throughout the United States at venues including Carnegie/Zankel Hall, Bard College, Symphony Space, UT Austin, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.   As an added highlight at all of the duo’s performances, at the end of each concert, the audience is invited on stage to explore the instruments on their own and in interaction with the two artists.

"The novelty of the instruments, not to mention Dresher’s and Davel’s imaginative use of them, gave the proceedings an exciting sense of mystery and surprise."

Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald