Gerhard Illi

The "Pocket Edition" project

 

The "Pocket Edition" drum set
The "Pocket Edition" drum set

 

It is wonderful to have a really big drum set and to use all the included sounds. But there is also the danger to get lost and to make only cheap showmanship with a lot of exotic instruments without a musical reason. In addition there is a problem with the space at one’s disposal. In many Jazz clubs and smaller they don’t have a big stage where I can put my complete drum set. And on top of that I really feel as a classical jazz drummer and I like to play with a classical set. That’s why I started up with the “Pocket Edition”. There is only a basic outfit: Bass drum, snare drum 2 toms, 2 cymbals plus a hi-hat. Nevertheless I added the sampler, so I can work with more sounds. Just like with “From Illinoise with Love” I create world of sounds and I narrate musical stories. I perform also the “Concierto para una Catedral Inacabada” with the “Pocket Edition”.

 

 

The "Pocket Edition" at full speed
The "Pocket Edition" at full speed