Drummers entertain with a BAM

Music: Quebec percussion trio promises high-energy evening on Jan. 24

By: Tammy Rollie

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 08:33 am

Quebec’s BAM Percussion will make a lot of noise in their performance at the Rotary Performing Art Centre on Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
Quebec’s BAM Percussion will make a lot of noise in their performance at the Rotary Performing Art Centre on Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
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Foothills residents might have a hard time taking their eyes off a trio of musicians known for their bright costumes and wild hairstyles this weekend.

Quebec’s BAM Percussion combines fast-paced drumming with comedy in a show that travels the world and is arriving at the Rotary Performing Art Centre (RPAC) in Okotoks on Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.

Jean-Sebastien Dallaire, one of the three performers in the show, said those planning to take in the performance can expect the unexpected.

“For us it’s always about how can we find a different way to drum,” he said. “The drums are comedy props. We transform them into other things.”

Unwilling to elaborate further, Dallaire did reveal the performance is quite unique from others.

“We are a little bit like kids playing with a cardboard box,” he said. “You can transform it into a million things. People can expect to be surprised.”

Dallaire said no language is spoken throughout the entire performance and compares it to that of a live cartoon.

“There are three characters and they just interact and they play around, basically,” he said. “It’s very intricate drumming mixed into the pot.

“The drumming we do is very visual. There isn’t a boring moment in the show.”

Throughout the comedy act, the performers toss around and play with oil barrels they built into drums using bass drum skins.

“When we started we didn’t have any money,” he said. “It was really about what could we use that won’t break and we can actually throw. Indestructible drums. There’s nothing we really don’t do with them.”

Some people may find it hard to believe when the group started they wanted to perform serious music. Dallaire said they were considering a type of Japanese drumming.

“It ended up being the absolute contrary,” he said. “It started going into comedy without it meaning to. When you are out there making plans life happens.”

Town of Okotoks Team Leader for Cultural and Historical Services Allan Boss said when BAM Percussion came across his desk as a potential performance for the RPAC he was immediately sold.

“One of the things that has come up for the last years I’ve been programming this series at the RPAC is the call for a variety of different types of acts,” he said, adding he’s been wanting to bring in a drumming group. “It should be a fun night. It looks like it’s just a blast.”

Ticket holders won’t only be astounded by BAM Percussion’s energetic performance, but the recent changes to the RPAC as well, said Boss.

The Town of Okotoks budgeted approximately $18,000 for improvements to the building, formerly a church, including an expansion of the stage, refinishing the pews, adding vinyl padding on the pews and a staircase at the front of the stage.

Among the most-needed projects was comfortable seating on the 100-year-old church pews, Boss said.

“I’ve been hearing people complaining about those seats for as long as I can remember,” he said.

Boss said work was also done to refurbish the pews.

“There are parts in the pews where if you sat on the bench and sat back sometimes your butt would get pinched,” he said. “It’s not attached properly.”

Boss said in some cases the legs supporting the benches don’t reach the floor and needed some adjusting as well.

“It’s going to be a lot more accessible and more comfortable, which is the primary thing,” he said.

Tickets to see BAM Percussion perform cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased at www.okotoksculture.ca or by calling 403-938-3204.


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