Podcast Ep 10: Steve Forman

Well established in the LA recording studios, Steve Forman has long been recognized as one of the world’s most innovative and creative percussionists. His professional credentials began in Arizona as a contract member of the Phoenix Symphony, but his broader interests in music soon led him to the recording studios in Los Angeles. Interspersed with his early touring experience, Steve’s personal trips to Brazil and Japan were important influences on his playing; he developed a style of “color” hand percussion and extended the on-stage instrument collection well beyond the routine Latin instrument group common at that time by utilizing found objects like hubcaps and artillery shells, sculptural artifacts and odd metal and wood constructions.

Steve’s has played on a great many recordings with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century including John Lennon, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys, Lee Ritenour, and Christine Aguilara, as well as playing on a vast array of movie soundtracks that include E.T, Flipper, Bill & Ted II, Starship Troopers, Catch Me if You Can, Bambi II, and many more.

Steve now lives in Glasgow, Scotland where he gained his PHD in composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Steve now lectures and teaches his popular Pulse Relational Rhythm Theory class at the RCS which is based on insights emerging from Forman’s research of multi-dimensional polyrhythmic systems and high resolution synchronicity, semi-malleable forms, and non-standard instrumentation, and more than three decades of professional practice. He also continues to perform and record with some of the country’s top musicians.

Links:
Steve’s profile at RCS: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/staff/steve-forman/
Steve’s Website: http://www.tambourine.net
Paul Jennings (Host) Instagram: www.instagram.com/playcajon

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