Tag Archive | Drums

Keith Moon’s Pictures of Lily Drumkit

Keith Moon Drumkit
All Photos By Gail

If you can make it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art before the October 1st, 2019 closing date of its attendance record-setting exhibit, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll you will find that it is so much more than just a collection of famous guitars. For me, the Oh, Wow factor is summed up in the true work of art that is Keith Moon’s Pictures of Lily Drumkit circa 1967. Jesus god, look at this beautiful thing. Just look at it.

Pictures of Lily Drumkit

Inspired by the song of the same title, Pictures of Lily is nine-piece Premier kit — comprised of a snare, two bass (or kick) drums (which are reproductions of the originals), three floor toms and two mounted (rack) toms, with two Paiste cymbals, which appear to be one ride and one crash — with custom artwork.

Pictures of Lily Floor Tom Detail
Floor Toms Artwork Detail

Keith Moon received this drum set at the beginning of The Who’s 1967 U.S. Tour and used it extensively for the performances that followed. The artwork features nude photos of Lily Langtry, the subject of the single “Pictures of Lily.” The psychedelic design incorporates a Union Jack and the text “Keith Moon Patent British Exploding Drummer,” a reference to Moon’s tendency to pack his drums with shells and flash powder in order to detonate them onstage. The two original bass drums are lost, possibly destroyed buy Moon’s pyrotechnics.

Keith Moon Kick Drum

Kick Drum Reproduction, Detail 

Keith Moon Drumkit

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Sergio Romagnolo’s Red Plastic Drumkit

Red Plastic Drum Kit Front View
All Photos By Gail

It’s been nearly ten years since my gig writing for Modern Drummer magazine came to an unceremonious end, but I still get nostalgic when I see a work of art that pays homage to the drums. Check out this crazy kit by Brazilian artist Sergio Romagnolo, which is made from hand-molded, headed plastic.

Red Plastic Drumkit Side View

Here’s the kit shot from an angle that let’s you see the finer sculpture details, as the plastic dripping down from the rack-mounted toms onto the bass drum.

Red Plastic Drumkit Rear View

The full sculpted kit is comprised of a kick, or bass, drum, two rack-mounted toms, one floor tom, one snare drum, what is either meant to be a ride or crash cymbal, and one hi-hat cymbal, both on stands. The only crucial thing he left out — besides the hi-hat and bass drum pedals —  is the drum stool. Perhaps that feature was omitted to keep would-be drummers from sitting down and trying to play it!

Sergio Romagnolo Red Plastic Drumkit Detail

If you look closely, you will notice that Sergio has added small Red Rose, which is visible between the two mounted toms! In fact that is no accident, as the official title of the piece is Drums With Flower (2019). This artist prefers to create sculptures that explore the urban and industrial universe, such as cars, buildings, airplanes, cameras, and trash cans.

Red Plastic Drumkit Installation View

In the above installation view, you can see works by two other Brazilian artists: a painting by Jose Leonilson on the wall, and a reflective sculpture by Vanderlei Lopes on the carpet, foreground.

Photographed at the Frieze Art Fair, 2019, in the Booth for Galeria Marilia Razuk of Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Red Drum Kit

 

Charlie Watts’ Ludwig Drumkit Circa 1965

Charlie Watts Drumkit Front
All Photos By Gail

If you’ve already been to the absolutely phenomenal Rolling Stones ‘ career retrospective, Exhibitionism (which, go!), you may recognize this drumkit belonging to drummer Charlie Watts, which is on display in the recording gallery. This 1965, 4-piece  Ludwig  kit in a Sky Blue Pearl shell finish with a keystone badge (indicating a drum made in the 1960s), was used from 1965 -to mid-1968 by Watts on most of the band’s studio recordings and live performances.

Charlie Watts Drumkit Side

Watts remembers that, “Everyone in the early ‘60s wanted Ludwig, so I got mine from the same place Ringo [Starr] got this, I think, which was Drum City, in Shaftesbury Avenue. Ringo’s was dark grey pearl and mine was sky blue – very camp.”

Exhibitionism continues through March 12th, 2017 at Industria, Located at West 12th and Washington Streets in the Meat Packing District. Visit This Link Tickets and More Information!

Charlie Watts Drumkit Read

Iván Navarro’s Mute Parade at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Impenetrable Room
Impenetrable Room By Iván Navarro All Photos By Gail

Paul Kasmin Gallery’s Tenth Avenue space is currently hosting Mute Parade, an exhibit of light installations by  Chilean-born artist Iván Navarro, for his second solo show with the gallery. Mute Parade transforms multiple gallery rooms into a synesthetic environment continuing Navarro’s ongoing use of light, sound, and language to engage with issues of power, migration, and propaganda.

First Gallery Installation View

Upon entering the gallery, the viewer is faced with a series of new works by the artist including Tuning (2015), a pyramid of six towering drums.

Tuning

Navarro combines the drums with mirrors and the words High, Tone, Tune, Bass, Mute, and Deaf to create a visual representation idea of sound (or noise) while at the same time removing and negating the original function of the instruments. This is a way of “playing a song” without making any sound.

MEBE

None of What You Hear

Center Room Installation View

In the center of the adjacent room, there are two freestanding 6-foot diameter drums that incorporate neon, LED lights, mirrors, and electricity. Circular texts written in light repeat the words KickBack and KnockKnockKnock – giving the appearance of an endless loop. Throughout the exhibition, the new works employ silence and stillness to create an uncanny perception of sound and movement and to explore the relationship between seeing and hearing.

Impenetrable Room

In the last room gallery, the viewer enters a labyrinth of four 6 x 6 foot structures that together make up the Impenetrable Room (2016). This new body of work co-opts the materials and format of portable “road cases,” which are customarily used to transport and protect musical instruments. Refitting the cases with mirrors and neon light, Navarro transforms these static objects into deep spaces that appear to recede towards infinity.

Impenetrable Room

In this installation, undulating lines of green neon diagrammatically echo the propagation of sound waves through a medium. Silent and monolithic, these self-contained rooms resonate with unspoken narrative power.

Read You Loud Unclear

Black and white paper squares are scattered across the floors of both galleries. The words Read You and Loud Unclear, printed on opposite sides of the cards, call attention to the disjunction between the visual and auditory aspects of communication. Informed by the aesthetics and rhythms of military parades, the exhibition contemplates the juxtaposed feelings of celebration and intimidation that martial music is intended to create.

Tuning Alternate View

Iván Navarro’s Mute Parade will be on Exhibit Through December 23rd, 2016 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, located at 293 Tenth Avenue (Corner of 27th Street) in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Impenetrable Room

Illuminated Stained Glass Drumkit

Stained Glass Drumkit
All Photos By Gail

OMG! How cool are these stained glass drums? Answer: So effing cool! While they are not playable, they sure do light up the room — quite literally! Stained glass artist Paul Heller created this gorgeous lighting fixture by emulating a four piece kit made up of a kick drum with two mounted rack toms and a  floor tom, which appears to be a stand-alone unit. Even the cymbal is glass! Sweet!

Stained Glass Drumkit Detail

Paul’s talent is far-reaching. In addition to making glass musical instruments to be used as signage in restaurants, he has also created custom glass guitars for county music artists like Miranda Lambert and Sara Evans. See more of Paul Heller’s beautiful glass art at Stained Glass Sculpture Art Dot Com!

Stained Glass Drumkit
Photographed at the ICFF Show at Javits Center in NYC.

Stained Glass Drumkit