Heinz Geisser - Shiro Onuma Duo

They interpret and define subdivisions and contours of the moment with an intuitive physical response – time deflected by touch, eight limbs constructing layers of tonal and rhythmic relationships, like the individual lines of a percussive madrigal. To do so they draw upon familiar role models, figures of symbolic influence – from Baby Dodds as precise tone scientist to Milford Graves as shaman; Elvin Jones as zen warrior and the orchestral demeanor of Max Roach. They recall Art Blakey’s tribal choirs, and John Cage’s reinvention of the percussion ensemble.
Art Lange, Chicago

Heinz Geisser - drums & percussion (click here for short biography)

Shiro Onuma - drums & percussion (click here for short biography)

The dynamic Heinz Geisser – Shiro Onuma duo creates a shimmering cosmos of orchestrated polyrhythms and shifting sound masses. The performance of the two drummers transmits energy of white heat as they act and react to each other at the speed of light. The duo was formed in 2005 and since has performed on an annual basis in Japan and the USA.

Heinz Geisser - Shiro Onuma, Knuttel House Tokyo 2006, Photo by Ayano Shibata.



Live at Yokohama Little John

Heinz Geisser - Shiro Onuma Duo
Leo Records LR 514

Rain of Light

Heinz Geisser - Shiro Onuma Duo
Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1228

Dancing the Body of Time

Heinz Geisser - Guerino Mazzola - Shiro Onuma
Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1239

Contact: heinz@geisser.com, shirodrum1954@yahoo.co.jp for Japan (Shiro Onuma's Web Site)