His appearance at a Lincoln Center event prompted the Wall Street Journal
to comment: ³percussionist Joel Davel blew everyone away with his virtuosic improvisation on the Marimba Lumina
, an electronic invention that emulates and extends the vocabulary of conventional mallet instruments, and the [Buchla] Lightning, played by waving wireless wands in space.² Mr. Davel has made frequent appearances as a solo electronic percussionist at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation
as well as at other events such as the Other Minds Film Festival
, at the Experience Museum
in Seattle, and on tour in Russia.
Davel's intimate knowledge of his electronic music instruments come from 20 years of technical work with synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla, the original designer of the Marimba Lumina- an instrument Davel continues to build and develop. (The Marimba Lumina is an RF interface designed to expand mallet performance beyond traditional roles into new electronic realms.)
has been creating unusual electronic music instruments since the early 1960's.
The work done with Don Buchla
and Paul Dresher is in this same spirit.