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 "an exciting sense of mystery and surprise." (Portland Press Herald)

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.


"Dresher... One of the most interesting among the current scene of active composers."

San Francisco Classical Music Examiner


Photo by Ian Umeda. Download hi-res version here.

Photo by Ian Umeda. Download hi-res version here.

Photo by Ian Umeda. Download hi-res version here.

Photo by Ian Umeda. Download hi-res version here.

Photo by Ian Umeda. Download hi-res version here.


"Supremely inventive... 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