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Strike! - Strike - Sketches

23 Dec 2009 // A review by JohnS
Something a bit unusual from my normal tastes but the second album entitled Sketches from Strike proved worthy of being added to my collection. Strike currently have 7 members but have also performed as a duo, trio and a quartet.

Percussion is the name of their game with a unbelievable arrangement of drums, cymbals, pipes, a vibraphone, cow bell (you got to give me more of that) and even a car panel thrown in. you won't believe it until you hear it or see it as the live show which is like a musical martial art performed just for you. It'll blow you mind.

"Sketches was recorded like any live Strike show: live in one room, in one take (well nearly...), with no overdubs" quoted co-founder Murray Hickman on the recording of the album.

From the opening track, 'Little Sea Gongs' through to the aptly named 'The End', you are treated to a rare burst of talented percussionists.

Sketches Would be a good album to have in the background at a event but I would definately not expect this to be the ambient music in a elevator or coffee shop.

My Tip: have a listen to 'Drums of Hell' which was commissioned for the Lord of The Rings Two Towers premiere party at Te Papa to understand what you are in for.

About Strike!

Founded in 1993, Strike! is a high energy drumming group made up of New Zealand’s most outstanding percussionists. Strike! combines elements of theatre, dance, invention and rhythmic intricacy to create powerful and imaginative productions.

Strike! is committed to working with New Zealand composers, as well as creating its own works. They are often invited to collaborate with other musicians or performers, from dancers to symphony orchestras, DJs to circus performers.

Strike! has created is own classical crossover audience, extending their understanding of percussive based music and movement. With its mix of musical influences – Pacific, classical and contemporary – combined with the movement and theatrical presentation Strike! is unique in its presentation of percussion music.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Strike!


Year: 2009
Type: Album
New Zealand Percussion
Year: 2001
Type: Album

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