|September 10, 2012To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo,email@example.com
|Jackson Krall Hand Made Agogo Bells|
Many people are aware of Jackson Krall’s presitgious reputation in the New York City avant-garde Jazz scene. Since the mid 1970’s Jackson has played drums with high-profile musicians such as Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Alan Silva, Karen Borca, William Parker, and Steve Swell, choreographers Elain Shipman and Kay Nishikawa and his own group “The Secret Music Society”, but what most people are unaware of is that he is a master craftsman and artisan who has been handmaking bells, drums, other percussion instruments and sound
Sculptures for over 35 years.
After studying jazz drumming with Alan Dawson in Boston and being strongly influenced by the teachings of Prof. Milford Graves at Bennington College in the early 1970’s, Jackson set up shop on Manhattan’s Lower-East-Side, the emerging hub of New York’s art scene. While making inroads in the downtown avant jazz scene and after making hand drums and some of the finest maracas one can imagine for a few years, in 1978, he crafted his first line of agogo bells. He immediately started supplying many of New York’s local musical instrument dealers such as “Music Inn”, ” Mannys”, and “Drummers World” with his creations, and eventually expanded his marketing worldwide. Through the years Jackson’s instruments have found their way into the hands of the world’s greatest drummers and percussionists, and can be heard on
recordings as well as in live perfomance by many bands, orchestras, and the most popular Broadway and Off-Broadway shows like “Lion King” and “Blue Man Group”.
In the early 1980’s, under the leadership of Toni and Celia Nogueira, Jackson was a founding member and helped write the bylaws of New York’s first samba school, the now legendary Empire Loisaida Escola de Samba.
During the next several years he studied and played and paraded with all the great Brazilian percussionists living in or passing thru New York at the time. Eventually Empire Loisaida faded into history, but Jackson remained and continues making instruments and playing avant Jazz drums in NYC.
The Agogo comes to us from its roots in the African Yoruba tradition by way of Brazil. In 2012 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this ancient double bell being instilled in the world consciousness as a result of the popularization of Brazilian bosso nova jazz samba music, Jackson Krall has created a limited-edition series, numbered, dated and signed of his “Angolan Royale” agogo bell. Production of these highly collectible bells is limited to 101.
Of the many styles of agogo bells Jackson has made thoughout the years, the “Angolan Royale” represents the pinacle in design evolution. Made from highly resonant hand hammered steel and possessing a classic visual line, they are beautiful to both eye and ear with each one having a personality all its own. Through the years Jackson Krall’s agogo bells have established a highly respected reputation and are the ones that Brazilian percussionists buy in New York and take back to Brazil.
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