Percussion and organ, a somewhat surprising combination with a surprisingly pleasing sound, now has its own duo of performers. Clive Driskill-Smith, the young English organist sensation, has teamed up with the young American percussion virtuoso Joseph Gramley.
“Organized Rhythm blew the crowd away with their rendition of Holst’s Planets … this program was incredibly appealing and can serve as a vehicle to pique youngsters’ interest in the organ and classical music – highly recommended!” (The Diapason 2013)
“Absolutely incredible! …A stunning program! …Loved the Jupiter! …‘Twas great watching Gramley get ‘round all the gourds and guiros, accompanying organ solos with extremely adept mallet work, too! …An outstanding performance! …Clear highlight of the [convention]!! …The show-stopper of the week! …BRAVO for these talented young men!” [Ratings: highest-plus.] — compiled from evaluations & ratings of Organized Rhythm’s program at the June 2009 AGO Region VI Convention, Pipes on the Plains
Clive Driskill-Smith is one of the leading organists of his generation. Hailed as a “star of a new generation” (Evening Standard), critics have praised his “blazing technique” and “unbelievable virtuosity” (American Guild of Organists) and described his performances as “intensely moving” and “truly breathtaking” (Organo Pleno Melbourne).
Multi-percussionist Joseph Gramley is a charismatic performer who radiates energy and a magnetic stage presence. As The Post and Courier in Charleston, SC described a Spoleto Festival appearance, “Gifted percussionist Joseph Gramley, playing a formidable battery of instruments, required athletic as well as musical ability to manage this one man band… the overall effect was attention-grabbing and memorable.”