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Musical duo unite to make "Organized Rhythm"


Percussionist Joseph Gramley with organist Clive Driskill-Smith
Percussionist Joseph Gramley with organist Clive Driskill-Smith

Two musicians will team up at Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 16, marrying the sounds of the organ and the beats of percussion to compose “Organized Rhythm.”

English organist Clive Driskill-Smith and American percussionist Joseph Gramley will perform a variety of classical selections featuring the chapel’s 3,000-pipe organ and percussion instruments such as the vibraphone, xylophone, drums, bongos, wind chimes and more. The duo, formed in 2003, and have released a CD together, “Beaming Music,” recorded at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City.

Selections from their performance include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Holst; “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens; and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach. 

Tickets are $10 for general admission and free for Union students. The event is co-sponsored by the Music Department and the Eastern New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The concert is part of the chapter’s celebration of collaborative music. 

For more information, contact Todd Sisley at tsisley@gmail.com.