Dark PassengerAndy Harnsberger - Tapspace Publications
Dark Passenger is an intense, visceral ride through many different musical territories. The setup consists of three sets of bongos placed back to back while the three performers frame the setup on three sides. The driving, anxious feel of the beginning is brought about through an intricate web of layered interactions and split parts. A variety of sticks, rods, brushes, and mallets are rotated through for different timbres, and the pacing of the ideas creates a dance resembling a three-way tennis match. By contrast, the middle section takes the listener to a place of calm serenity and stillness brought about through cup gongs placed on the bongos and a small selection of different suspended gongs. From here the piece transitions to a high-energy conclusion.