featured XYLOSYNTH PLAYERS
profiles of Xylosynth players from around the world
The Safri Duo
They now have 2 Mk.IV Xylosynths (one each) and have extesively toured around the world with them.
Commenting on its playing characteristics he said: “I’ve been waiting years for an electronic mallet instrument I can really play and the Xylosynth is it… The sensitivity and feel are outstanding.”
Voted Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1995 Anthony studied with David Friedman and has made a couple of well received albums.
As you can see from the picture Anthony likes to play his four octave Xylosynth in conjunction with his Musser M55 ProVibe making his solo show one of the most musically fascinating experiemces in contemporary Jazz. He triggers sounds from his Alesis Nanosynth.
Apart from session work Anthony’s credits include the Anthony Kerr Mallet Band, BBC Big Band and Georgie Fame.
James currently freelances throughout Connecticut, on drum set, steel pan, mallets, and percussion. He has performed with many of the state’s top musicians, including vocalist Mary Taylor, percussionist Dwight “Professor” Baldwin, multi-instrumentalist Lance James, and saxophonist George Sovak. He is also active in classical music, performing with several regional orchestras.
Norman Hassan (UB40)
In fact so happy was Norman with his Notepads that he’s persuaded fellow band members Astro and drummer, Jimmy Brown, to use them too. Norman and Astro use eight Notepads on an Eight Notepad Frame mounted on a cymbal stand while Jimmy has a pair mounted above his Toms.
UB40 gave Wernick our first television appearance on the influential Jools Holland programme and since then have appeared around the world with the Notepads as a permanent fixture in their outstanding stage show. The band also used Notepads in their cameo appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster, Speed 2.
Commenting on the Notepad Norman says:
“I’ve been playing electronic drum pads for most of my career and these are simply the best I’ve ever used.”
Pablo Cook (Moby)
Pablo’s studio credits working as a percussionist for William Orbit include remixes for Blur and Olive and most notably the percussion credit on Madonna’s outstanding Ray of Light album.
Pablo uses his set of Notepads mainly for programming in the studio and finds them invaluable.