Ben Reimer – “Katana of Choice” (Redshift Music, 2017)

“Katana of Choice” is the newest release by “Redshift Music”. The album was released last month and the compositions by various contemporary music composers there recorded here. The compositions were written or arranged for drummer Ben Reimer. Ben Reimer is and interesting and extraordinary drummer which had create and improved essential, expressive and dynamic playing style. He mostly play the music written by various contemporary music composers for solo drum set. To create extraordinary sounds and timbres, create adventurous and bright sound and reveal the main idea of the compositions are the main elements there Ben Reimer pay the highest attention. The music he plays is always interesting, extraordinary, vital and dynamic.

The music of this album is extraordinary and modern. The compositions of the album were written by John Psathas, Nicole Lizée, Lukas Ligeti and Eliot Britton.  Drummer Ben Reimer exploring new sounds and forms of music. He tries to create innovative and adventurous sound. The compositions of this album are based on many different playing techniques and music styles. Polyphonic musical pattern is formed of numerous drum playing techniques – there are traditional ones masterfully and outstandingly connected with innovative and modern ways of playing. The composers use wide range of playing techniques to extract new sounds, unusual timbres and express different moods and characters of compositions. From silent and quiet episodes with static, monotonic or festive rhythms this music suddenly turns to energetic, wild fast and loud drum rolls, virtuosic and powerful solos who are very energetic and vital. These episodes are the most interesting pieces of the album – the especially big variety of playing techniques, unusual timbres and sounds are revealed and demonstrated by original and expressive Ben Reimer’s playing. He had been creating his own and unique playing style since the beginning of his musical career. Innovative and modern musical decisions, extraordinary and interesting musical experiments of music form, harmony and especially drum set playing techniques was the main element of his compositions. Adventurous and stunning musical decisions, high variety of moods and characters also are the most important element of this album.  Own and unique composing style of talented composers, inventive composing ideas and interesting musical experiments make colorful, dynamic and vital sound of this album compositions.

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