Episode #3457

Remembering Dean Drummond

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

On this New Sounds, we remember composer, professor, instrument inventor, and multi-instrumentalist, Dean Drummond.  Drummond, who passed away on Saturday, was the founder and conductor of Newband, which played the famous Harry Partch Instrumentarium - the 43-note-to-the-octave instruments that Partch invented in the middle of the 20th century.  Dean was the curator of this unique collection for many years, and was also an instrument inventor himself and a composer. From a February 1995 New Sounds Live concert, hear his arrangement of Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" for Partch instruments, Partch's own "Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales," and Drummond's major piece, "The Day the Sun Stood Still."  Drummond also explains how he came to meet and play with Harry Partch, develop his own instruments, and more.

PROGRAM # 3457, Dean Drummond: In Memorium  (First aired on 4/18/2013)                                                       





Newband, conducted by Dean Drummond

NS Live, Merkin Hall, Feb. 2, 1995

Harry Partch: Two studies on ancient Greek scales [4:18]

This performance not commercially available.  The work appears on Newband Plays Microtonal Works, Volume 1. Mode Records 18.

Drummond: The Day the Sun Stood Still [17:32]

This performance not commercially available.  More info about Newband:

Dean Drummond’s site:

Thelonious Monk, Arr. Drummond: ‘Round Midnight [5:47]

This performance not commercially available.  The work appears on Newband Plays Microtonal Works, Volume 2. Mode Records 33.

Dean Drummond: Dance of the 7 Veils, excerpt  [13:00]

This performance not commercially available.  The work appears on Dance of the Seven Veils. Music and Arts CD931.

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Comments [1]

Tom from Montclair, NJ

For anyone interested, there will be a memorial concert for Mr. Drummond on April 24th at 7:30p.m. at the Alexander Kasser Theater on the campus of Montclair State University, home to both Mr. Drummond and the Partch Instrumentarium. Please visit for more information.

Apr. 19 2013 12:34 PM

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