Fiddle/Sticks: The Drummer Project

Welcome to the official Fiddle/Sticks: The Drummer Project online resource. On Saturday, June 23, 2012, Fiddle/Sticks was successfully funded through the generous support of friends, family, and fans via Kickstarter–THANKS! [See the campaign.] Over the next year, I will collaborate with drummers and percussionists across a wide range of specialties. These meetings will be audio/video documented and made public in various formats–CD, specialty video pieces, podcasts, and blogs. Strings Magazine has signed on as a media partner and will debut the videos.

Enjoy, Casey




The Jamey Haddad Fiddle/Sticks installment has been wrapped up. Two videos and one track are alive. Podcast and recommended listening playlist are in process. Please see below, but if you can’t wait click away! Video / Track


WATCH THE VIDEO (2-Day Session Overview)

Check out the third video from the Fiddle/Sticks project at Strings Magazine’s YouTube channel for a glimpse into 2 days of collaboration and musical exploration with world-percussionist and drummer Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon) from May 2013.

Jamey and I first met in 1999 while I was a student at Berklee College of Music. I took his class “Hand Percussion for Non-Percussionists” and it forever altered the way I approached rhythm. In addition to glimpses of the music we improvised and arranged, this video delves into Jamey’s Fulbright Fellowship experience in India, incorporating world music influences in your music, playing brooms on the floor, getting comfortable in new cultures, “why” Fiddle/Sticks…and helping me find the downbeat. This Fiddle/Sticks installment convened at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville, TN.



As I sift through and work on the audio that was recorded during these sessions, I’ll post sneak peeks to the player below.

This track is from the Jamey Haddad sessions, and you see a bit of its creation and layering towards the end of the video above. The opening groove and A section melody existed prior to our session, but the B melody was written with Jamey in mind. The third part came together on the spot when Jamey suggested “Let’s change it up and take it somewhere different…”

Jamey plays two instruments of his own invention on this tune: kicking off with the Hadjira, combining kanjira, riq and pandeiro; and soloing on the Hadgini, a two-sided Udu drum combining African clay pots with South Indian Classical split-finger techniques.

(If you don’t see the player, please visit my Bandcamp page.)


BONUS VIDEO (Performance)

This is first tune, and I mean the first, from my session with world-percussionist Jamey Haddad. Our first notes turned into a gospel-style western swing-ish improvised original waltz called The Morning Gospel.



In June 2012, I met with drummer/percussionist Kenny Malone. The video from the session, along with a track, interview podcast, and playlist of recommended Kenny listening is all available at the Kenny Malone Fiddle/Sticks page.

In October 2012, I met with drummer/percussionist Futureman. The video from the session, along with a track, interview podcast, and playlist of recommended Futureman listening is all available at the Futureman Fiddle/Sticks page.





Fiddle/Sticks: The Drummer Project by Casey Driessen is a collaborative exploration of rhythm which pairs Casey – the leading voice in percussive fiddle/violin technique (AKA The Chop) – with a list of the landmark drummers and percussionists of our time. Cutting across all genres and traditions, the project documents these rhythmic explorations through recordings, videos, photos and journals. It serves as an inspirational and instructional resource for drummers, percussionists, fiddlers and everyone in the music community interested in pushing the boundaries of their instruments and their music.




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