Stewart Copeland: Documentary Film Follows Legendary Police Drummer Throughout 3-Year Journey

Documentary Film Follows Legendary Police Drummer Throughout 3-Year Journey from Commission to Performance of World Music Composition “Gamelan D’Drum
 (9/9/2013 – Los AngelesProducer of Dallas-based world music ensemble group D’Drum, John Bryant has launched a nationwide Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for his upcoming documentary film Dare to Drum – A Musical Journey with Stewart Copeland, D’Drum & theDallas Symphony Orchestra. The film follows the drummer of legendary rock band The Police, Stewart Copeland alongside D’Drum and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Jaap Van Zweden chronicling the eventful 3-year musical adventure – culminating in the Dallas Symphony’s performance of Copeland’s thrilling, 37-minute concerto for world percussion and orchestra entitled, Gamelan D’Drum.

Gamelan is a traditional Indonesian music typically from the islands of Java and Bali. Featuring a variety of percussion instruments, it is an important part of Indonesian culture, The exotic tuning of the instruments used in Gamelan music sound totally foreign to the Western ear and are tuned to a completely different scale than symphonic instruments making for a challenging musical collaboration.

This film focuses on the creation of Gamelan D’Drum and chronicles D’Drum’s 20-year transcultural mission to digest the music of Indonesia, Africa, Persia and beyond -- juxtaposed with Copeland’s role as composer who must successfully connect disparate worlds of pitch, harmony and polyrhythm. The resulting musical piece fuses exotic instruments, rhythms and sounds with traditional orchestral instruments and Western artists creating “music that must be seen to be heard.” 

Exclusive kickback rewards for the “Dare to Drum” crowdfunding campaign include a private recording session with Copeland at his Sacred Grove Studios; a 2-hour private drum lesson with Copeland hosted at Drum Channel Studios; a private performance from D’Drum, signed Stewart Copeland snare drum from TAMA; a Stewart Copeland signature Blue Bell ride cymbal from Paiste, autographed Remo drum heads, and personally autographed Stewart Copeland signature drum sticks from Vater among others.

“This film marks the culmination of a 3-year journey that spanned the globe and brought together over 60 incredibly talented orchestra musicians with the five world percussionists of D'Drum. Our hope is that this Kickstarter campaign will provide us with the necessary funding to complete production and most importantly funds with which to pay these incredible artists for their performances,” says Bryant who also serves as the film’s producer/director.