Paul Dresher and the Dresher/Davel Instrument Duo

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:30pm

Newman Recital Hall (AHF)
3616 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, February 9, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP


“Exciting, surprising, and refreshing—a chance to hear contemporary classical music at its best.”
San Francisco Classical Voice

Renowned composer, performer, and instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist extraordinaire Joel Davel come together for an exciting electro-acoustic performance on extraordinary musical instruments of their and their collaborators’ own invention: the four-stringed and 15-foot-long quadrachord, the seven-stringed and 10-foot-long hurdy grande, and the magical Marimba Lumina, invented by electronic-music pioneer Don Buchla. Hear lush textures and fascinating rhythmic structures as Dresher and Davel create music on these utterly unique instruments—and then come onstage to explore the instruments yourself.

Paul Dresher has been at the forefront of contemporary music for more than three decades. The Washington Post calls him “a remarkable musician . . . serving as both a lightning rod and a seismograph for his colleagues.” Joel Davel is a core member of The Paul Dresher Ensemble’s Electro-Acoustic Band and a virtuosic improviser on the Marimba Lumina. The Dresher/Davel Invented Instrument Duo has performed around the world at venues including Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Canberra International Music Festival.

The performance will be followed by a discussion with Paul Dresher and an opportunity for the audience to get onstage and explore the invented instruments.

Additional Links:
Joel Davel Facebook, Twitter
The Dresher/Davel Invented Instrument Duo Facebook

Related Event:
Sound Maze
Friday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 8, 2017
USC Fisher Museum of Art
For more info, click here.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Karen Koblitz (Art and Design) and Veronika Krausas (Music).

Event Type

Music, Arts


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


composition, classicalperformance, newmusic, Visions and Voices, employees



Admission is free. Reservations required.

Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative


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