1. The Drum Brothers were born in 2005, when 3 french hip-hop beatmakers (Arshitect, Guan Jay & PermOne) influenced with the same musical roots (mainly jazz, soul, funk…) decided to work together.
On the same year, they released their first remix album, The Fresh Touch, available for free on the web. (http://www.drumbrothers.net)
A few weeks later, the Drum Brothers launched themselves into a more ambitious project: making their own album, featuring worldwide guests.
The 3 producers worked with musicians and emcees from Sweden, Canada, USA and France. A few names: the French soul singer Dajla, Elodie Rama, the mc Melodiq from Pittsburgh, Justis, Blezz or the djs Greem (Hocus Pocus), Pfel & Atom (Beat Torrent), from the 5 times world champion dj crew C2C. Following this collaboration, Atom became the 4th Drum Brother, mainly as a dj and sound engineer.
In 2008, the album entitled “Live & Uncut” is finally ready, and will be released on Kif Records (Jazz Liberatorz, Birdy Nam Nam, Big Red, Melomaniac…), as well as this first 12inch.
2. Drum Brothers (US) : In the late 1980’s, Matthew and his brother Patrick Marsolek were inspired by the rhythmic music created during evening circles at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, an educational center west of Helena, Montana.
Patrick began making drums for himself, but the instruments were so popular with the Feathered Pipe’s guests that they all were purchased immediately. Matthew soon joined him in this new entrepreneurial effort and the two set up shop in the Ranch’s garage. During this time, Matthew began studying West African music with his friend and teacher, Michael Harrison.
In the fall of 1989, Michael Marsolek left Portland, where he worked in the restaurant business, and moved to Montana to join Matthew and Patrick in the musical trio, The Marsolek Brothers. The three also worked together in the newly named drum-building company, Drum Brothers Drums. Not long after this, their father David, who had been building drums in Wisconsin and working as a family therapist, also moved to Montana to be part of the venture. Drum Brothers Drums, now based in Arlee, Montana, has distributed hand-crafted instruments across the United States and in Canada.
Drum Brothers began performing together as a musical group on New Year’s Eve 1994 as a part of Missoula’s inaugural First Night celebration. The early group consisted of Matthew, Michael and David Marsolek, and Casey Alexander.
The band soon developed a following in Western Montana and released their debut CD, Power of Rhythm, in early 1997. In mid 1997, David and Casey left the band to follow other interests (David continues to manage the drum-making shop in Arlee Montana).
Multi-instrumentalist Lawrence Duncan, joined the band in June, 1997. Nathan Zavalney, who first connected with Drum Brothers as Matthew’s student, followed in November.
An eclectic group of musicians that are joined by the beat of African drums. They are based in Montana (what an unlikely place, but true). It was started by the Marsoleck brothers. Really neat guys. The leader, Matthew Marsoleck does many drumming workshops and came to Carroll College once (Helena, MT).
Edited by ceebzilla on 3 Nov 2009, 01:42
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