Rod Hamilton Show: Rod Hamilton, xylophone and percussionist, performs on in Charlotte, NC, venue while on tour up the East Coast. Hamilton will make his way to Plattsburgh to perform at ROTA Gallery on Aug. 4 with local performer Kimberly LeClaire.
The ROTA Gallery will host a musical performance of unique scores and soothing tunes from mallet percussionist Rod Hamilton.
The performance will be held at the gallery, 50 Margaret Street, at 7 p.m. on Aug. 4, and will include local artist, poet, songwriter and dancer Kimberly LeClaire as the opening act.
Hamilton, who hails from Baltimore, said this will be the first time he will bring his solo performance on the road. He began his tour in Charlotte, NC, on July 26.
“I’m looking forward to bringing my music to people who have never heard it before,” Hamilton said. “It’s a sound a lot of people may never have heard before, around here in Baltimore it has been well received, I’ll find out when I’m on the road if more people will like it.”
In Baltimore, Hamilton said his work has been described as a mix of strange, psychedelic melodies and soothing harmonies. The music can serve to ignite the synapses in the brain or become a soothing background music for listener’s lives.
“All acoustic music can turn into background music sometimes,” Hamilton said. “I know it’s a different kind of music and people might think it’s strange but I want to get the music out there.”
By using a variety of percussion instruments along with the xylophone, Hamilton brings a multidimensional sound experience for listeners in his newest album,
Hamilton said his musical specialty is percussion music jazz, experimental, and minimalism compositions, using any instrument he can “bang on.”
“A xylophone is actually a specific type of mallet percussion instrument. I say xylophone music, but I really mean mallet percussion music. On recordings, I utilize multiple mallet instruments, such as the marimba, glockenspiel, vibraphone, and xylophone,” said Hamilton.
On this tour, Hamilton will be playing the MalletKat, which is an electronic/digital xylophone.
“The MalletKat is capable of playing many different mallet instrument sounds, and is much easier to transport,” Hamilton said.
He said he is most drawn to the attack sound of a mallet percussion instrument because the staccato hit allows thinking space between each note. Hamilton runs his music with a variety of loops utilizing pedals to alter the sound even more. He said he loops the selected live samples to create many layers of sound.
“My performances are mostly spontaneous and improvisational pieces,” Hamilton said. “Once I get into a rhythm I just let the course of the sound set itself. I also run the MalletKat through many effects pedals, to alter the sounds even more. I then loop selected live samples with a loop pedal, which creates many layers of sound.”
Admission is based on a $3 to $10 pay-what-you-can sliding scale.
For more information about the show or to hear samples of Hamilton’s music go to rodhamilton.bandcamp.com.