From Nepali Drumming to Experimental Rock

This April we'll be opening for Fell Runner, a rock band from LA (see below for links and bio).  Paralleling their work with West African rhythms, we will begin by studying one particular Nepali drum, the dhimay, a large barrel drum used in ritual processions in the Kathmandu Valley.  We'll then expand that outward, retaining the drumming as the percussive core but building guitar, bass, keyboard, and other parts around it.  All musicians welcome.  

AUDITIONS:  Wednesday, January 17th, 7-9:30pm, in the Launders Underground (NC 001).  After that, please phone (x5085) or e-mail ( to set up an audition time.

Auditions are low-to-no pressure!  Simply come sometime between 7pm and 9:30pm and sing or play me a short selection of anything that you enjoy playing or singing—a thirty-second section of a tune you played in band or orchestra, Beatles song, a drum solo, a show tune—so I can get a sense of you as a musician.

REHEARSALS:  Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm, starting January 24th, in the Launders Underground. 

PERFORMANCE:  Wednesday, April 18th, at 8pm in the Launders Underground, with Fell Runner to follow.

For more information, please contact David Henderson.

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Fell Runner is a band with “an instinct for the raw, ear-splitting sonic energy it takes to get a crowd to go nuts” (LA Weekly). Formed at CalArts in 2012, the band has performed in Los Angeles and around the West Coast opening up for artists such as Tortoise, ‪Julia Holter‬, Luke Temple, and Big Thief. Originally started as an independent study in applying West African rhythms to pop song forms, Fell Runner's music has been described as “a wicked thicket of prickly guitars, asymmetrical rhythms and raw, emotive vocals: Post-punk meets world music meets math rock, if you will.” (BuzzBands.LA). A band consisting of diverse musicians (current/previous members of HAIM, SK Kakraba, The Americans), Fell Runner brings a wide range of influences to its music placing emphasis on energetic live shows. They released their self-titled debut CD on Los Angeles-based label, Orenda Records, on August 18th, 2015.