Drummer polymath Greg Fox kicks off Moogfest’s durational series. His drumming performance is accompanied by immersive live visuals, presented by Undervolt & Co. Whether behind a conventional kit or a hybridized electro-acoustic drum setup, Fox’s swarming blast beats and hypnotic polyrhythms ride the cutting-edge. Exploring rhythm’s preverbal language through pure musical athleticism, Fox stretches the possibilities of drumming in the information age.
Visuals by Andrew Benson.
Thursday, May 19, 2:00pm: Greg Fox: Durational Sound Installation Greg Fox
Saturday, May 21, 1:00pm: Sensory Percussion and The Future of Drumming Tlacael Esparza • Greg Fox • Instrument Innovators
Greg Fox is among many other things a drummer from New York City. Born in 1985, he has studied under Thurman Barker (Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor), Marvin “Bugalu” Smith (Sun Ra, Archie Shepp), and Guy Licata (Bill Laswell, Dr. Israel, Apsci), and currently is a sometimes-student of the legendary Milford Graves. Working as a solo artist and in collaboration with many various musicians and projects over the past ten years (among them Liturgy, Guardian Alien, PC Worship, Ben Frost, Colin Stetson, Dan Deacon, and Teeth Mountain), Fox’s drumming conveys raw, concussive energy, reminiscent of Bonham or Moon in their heyday, while his avant-garde instinct communicates complexity and fluidity. Fox’s eclectic discography (over 40 records at the time of this being written) is probably due to the duality of his nature. He demeanor is both relaxed and intense. His playing is calculated, yet free-form. In short, Fox is an enigma—a force of percussive nature.