NEW SOLO EP Continuum coming out May 2019
Going in the studio with Oz Noy for the new EP this summer! And...
MANUFACTURED REGION is available for FREE DOWNLOAD at the Deepdig Store for a limited time!
NEW EP RELEASE- Ordinal! available at the Deepdig Store!
We're happy to announce a publishing deal with Extreme Music- Sony ATV! Extreme Music.com
NEW Humby Square tracks released!
Modern Drummer Magazine Review of "Lalita."
Humby Square back in the studio this month!!!(Listen/Download ONE)
I'm working on a "Sleep Sessions" EP. Ambient remixes and new compositions. Hopefully out in July.
The new DP lp "Lalita" is released!!!...
NAVIGATION- Hans Ottsen Trio w/ Drew Gress and me released!!! My first acoustic jazz production in a while! (Listen/Download-click here)
Humby Square w/ John Roggie released!!!... (Listen/Download-click here)
Modern Drummer Magazine Review of Manufactured Region (w/ Oz Noy).
Review of Manufactured Region by the Abstract Logix staff writer. (click here to read)
Spring time!... Writing, sessions, shows, students, and The Bike! Chalked, but making time to watch the flowers bloom. Mastering Roggie/Peretz coming out soon...
Finishing up mixes on the new collaboration with great "synther" John Roggie. The EP is coming along swimmingly. Shooting for a March 2014 release.
Manufactured Region w/ Oz Noy is now available at...
We're finishing up mixing and mastering of the upcoming Don Peretz/Oz Noy EP. We'll be sharing some preview tracks before the release date.
I'm working on another studio collaboration with synth musician John Roggie. Anticipating Deepdig Records release in fall of 2013.
And of course writing, listening, and learning... Cheers! -DP
Dear friends and listeners-
Had a great time in the studio with Oz Noy finishing up the EP. A tentative release date is set for Aug 2013. Some live dates coming soon...
Dear friends and listeners-
Oz Noy/Don Peretz duo play Rockwood Music Hall NYC! Promo video of the recording session...click here to watch
We're very excited to announce the release of STIL on Deepdig Records! LISTEN
"STIL embraces the layering of digital and analog synths, along with live instruments to create a listener's soundscape of technology meshed with humanity."
Dear friends and listeners-
Announcing the release of a new single from the album project Manufactured Region- a collaboration I have been working on with good friend guitarist Oz Noy.
I hope you enjoy the music! Be well!LISTEN/DOWNLOAD
Born and raised in Southern California, Don's music education started at Hamilton High School Academy of Music. Post graduation Don went on to study philosophy, music composition, and instrument performance at the University of Southern California, while studying under the tutelage of Vince Mendoza (composition), Jeff Hamilton and the legendary Joe Porcaro. After a move to New York in the late 1990s Don attended and received his BM from the Manhattan School of Music where he continued his instrument study with John Riley. His academic awards include an A&M Records music study scholarship, as well as Presidents' scholarships both at the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Southern California. Since living in New York he has spanned several music scenes, from the progressive jazz movement to session work covering everything from avant-garde to commercial recordings. He has performed at such iconic New York venues as the Village Vanguard, 55 Bar, Smalls, and The Knitting Factory with artists such as Russell Ferrante, Cyndi Lauper, Dave Binney, Bob Mintzer, Donny Mccaslin, and Oz Noy. Tours include Europe and North America; playing in such Festivals as The Oslo Jazz Fest, Prague Jazz Festival, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conventions. As a composer, Don has a publishing deal with Sony/ATV- Extreme Music. As a session musician in New York City Don can be found covering anything from artist & commercial recording sessions, creative composing and tracking, as well as playing on New York's hit Broadway shows (The Producers, Wicked, Chicago, Million Dollar Quartet, Mary Poppins, The People In The Picture, Pal Joey, Soul Doctor, Beautiful- The Carole King Musical, An American In Paris, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory).
In 2003 Don released Foremen on the Freshsound Label. Foremen is an acoustic jazz quartet setting that pushes the parameters of form and improvisation. The group toured the US and Europe during the years of 2002-2004.
In 2010 Don's foray into the electronic experiment commenced with AMbean. Released on the Deepdig Label this records features John Roggie, and Oz Noy.
March 2011 saw the release of And Again on the Deepdig Label. Back into a jazz acoustic trio setting, this LP feature bassist Drew Gress and trumpeter Nathan Eklund. With compositional and improvisational contributions from all three members, And Again is saturated with a progressive yet melodic tone.
2012 brings the release of two projects, both on the Deepdig Label- STIL is Don's electronica drenched recording project that draws from live improvisation and live analog instruments- fused with digital synths and electronica textures.
Manufactured Regions EP is a duo improvisational project with guitarist Oz Noy that incorporates electronic programming, industrial textures, and live improvisation.
Under the moniker of Humby Square, Don Peretz and John Roggie release One on the Deepdig Label in April of 2015. The EP is Peretz and Roggie's incursion into the IDM and Electronic Dance Music world.
January 2016 marks the solo LP release of "Lalita." The Sanskrit term for "playfulness with life's seriousness," Lalita delves deeply into electronica synth mod layering and experimentation, along with Peretz' signature drumming. Lalita marks Don Peretz' third solo electronica release. Peretz describes the record as "a collection of hundreds of composed loops and progressions written over several years, based on observations, experiences, and ideas, distilled into 11 soundscapes."
Ordinal marks Don PeretzŐs fourth solo recording endeavor into the Electronica-IDM realm. The EPŐs manipulation of analogue and digital synths, crossed over DonŐs live drum improvisations creates a progressive texture and soundscape new to DonŐs work. The opening track ÔFarmerŐ is an analogue Moog based, glitch-dubstep improvisation, carving through a one-less rhythm base. Don describesÉ ŇThe songs are all basically in four-four time, but no drum programming at all! Everything is played and tracked in. I want the effect of no bar line or time at all, while still having the groove and pulse be deeply there and connectable.Ó Ordinal evokes a story-line score for a world in conflict with industry progress, and how beauty exists within that duality.
Along with performing, arts education is a big part of Don's career. He maintains a teaching studio in New York and New Jersey, clinics and masterclasses internationally, as well as being on the faculty at the renown Blair Academy. In 2012 Don founded the Streamwell Foundation which supports artist retreats and outreach development programs.
*Don Peretz endorses Vic Firth sticks, brushes, and mallets.
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"My objective is to focus on growth and the individual. Whether it be clinics, or private instruction the method is fundamentally a tool to expand instrumental veracity, artistic understanding, and creativity." - Don Peretz
In studio and Skype sessions
The Creative Method
The Creative Method is a private music lesson program that incorporates drumset/percussion instrument study with composing, analysis-music theory, and recording techniques. Every session is customized to a studentŐs strengths, age, identity, and level of musical knowledge. TCM focuses on the student's individuality and creativity as the basis of their musical development. Sessions emphasize instrumental repertoire and technique, as well as improvisation and creative composing as focal points to growth. From a young beginner enjoying the early benefits of learning music, to an experienced student building a professional music career The Creative Method is a comprehensive learning program enriching the student as a complete instrumentaslist artist.
Areas of focus:
Drumset study- styles, genres, technique, reading/sight-reading, improvisation, transcription, four-way cooridnation, groove building, solos, loop play and recording, etc.
Contemporary Percussion- study covers classical percussion instruments such as triangles, mallets, multi-percussion, and tympani, as well as ethnic hand percussion (congas, frame drums, bongos, etc.). Rhythmic improvisation plays a strong roll in this category as well as proper instrument technique and piece study.
Electronic music and recording production- Software: Pro Tools, Reason, Omnisphere, etc. Midi, loop building, and compositional structure. Synthesizer and drum machine programming. Instrumental composition, recording, mixing, and producing.
Composition, analysis, and theory covers the study of music notation and rhythm, harmonic understanding, and ear training. Listening and analysis. Composition forms from classical ensemble to modern ensemble, as well as solo pieces and songwriting.
"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up" - Pablo Picasso
"The world is but a canvas to the imagination." - Henry David Thoreau
Contact Don for private instruction and/or clinic and masterclass topics.
Don has enjoyed considerable professional success both as a player and as a teacher. I highly recommend Don for any musical situation. I have also had occasion to send students to Don, they have enjoyed working with Don and experienced rapid growth.
-John Riley(Associate Professor Manhattan School of Music)
Don Peretz is a passionate teacher. His enthusiasm for music is contagious. He creates a comfortable friendly environment to grow as a musician. Don cares about his students and is always interested to hear about what is going on in your life. Many times I find myself applying ideas Don presents during lessons to my everyday life.
- Geoffrey Healy (Student )
Overall, his students will accomplish their
playing goals and more, learning every aspect of the art
- Jeff Dobronyi (student)
[Don] is a gifted teacher and a wonderful person... whose skill and commitment are first rate. His teaching is quite effective and most every other music professional with whom my son comes in contact comments on the outstanding teaching that Don imparts.
Don has also served as a mentor and big brother to my son, and has played a valuable role in my life. Don has deftly discussed important issues with Danny and provided him with an outlet for sharing his feelings and thoughts. I have profound comfort knowing that Danny has someone to speak with at any time. He is invested in Danny's musical success and pushes him to excel beyond expectation. I feel fortunate to have him teach my son drums each week.
- Leslie Yalof Garfield (mother of student - Professor of Law Pace University)
Available soon at Amazon.com...
Modern Drummer Magazine July 2016 (Lalita)
Modern Drummer Magazine September 2014 (Manufactured Region)
"Together these two New Yorkers (Don Peretz & Oz Noy) have created a musical, avant-garde snapshot of their mutual city, or any urban area for that matter. The EP is a unique blend of fusion and electronic soundscapes, which both Noy and Peretz eloquently improvise through...a notable approach towards fusion music and improvisation in the twenty-first century."
"AMbean, a synth-heavy, electronica-drenched album from drummer Don Peretz, mixes traditional fusion with ambient textures to yield eye opening results. Guitarist Oz Noy lends the music some rock-infused weight, but it's Peretz's organic fluidity around the kit and wild metric modulation that consistently impresses."
-Modern Drummer Magazine
"His music is full of likable melodies and energetic play."
..."the drummer's quartet fronts a friendlier, more accessible side, and Peretz brings a real pop sensibility to his music."
"Late on Foremen "A Theme" comes on like a blast of urban cacophony"...
- Jazz Times
"Drummer Don Peretz is onto something here as he pilots this New York City-based quartet through an expansive musical aura where improvisation and compositional structure attain a happy medium."
... "Peretz's compositions boast sustaining melody lines, often coated with prophetic musical statements. (A recommended pick for 2005...)"
-Glenn Astarita (All About Jazz.com)
"This group [Foremen] goes one step beyond groups..."
- Cadence Magazine
Shims Trio- And Again "Fast-paced recording by the Shims Trio. The starting gun goes off just before the first note, and itŐs never heard from again. Tempos are what drives this album, and each trio member puts in his share of sweat equity to get the job done. Quirky melodies are easy to find, but tough to tie down. Most pleasing quality of this recording is that even amidst a sea of apparent randomness, the trio performs as a cohesive unit, bringing a sense of togetherness to chaotic sound. Not an easy trick to pull off. Nifty album."
- Bird Is The Worm.com
Jun 01, 2014 l By ABLX STAFF
Manufactured Region- Don Peretz and Oz Noy
Composer and drummer Don Peretz has teamed up with Oz Noy to create the collaborative EP Manufactured Region. This five track EP exhibits a cross of fusion and electronic improvisation over the backdrop of industrial textured soundscapes. These songs show a momentary departure from NoyŐs iconic blues style, yet still maintains his personality and tone. The pieces create strong imagery and at times become trance like.
The EP opens with Groomed, a spacey and atmospherically tune, much like swimming through textures and component sounds. The guitars manage the space as the drums hold the open form and ambience together. The song posses a smooth, easy groove while lively drums exploding beneath the surface. The end of the song holds an appearance of NoyŐs famous blues chops, veering through a textural landscape.
Bundled swells into the heaviest, hardest hitting song on the EP. The piece holds a strong form and presents an opportunity for Noy to display just how well he can play with all twelve tones. The song shifts through voices, footsteps and static as DonŐs drums propel the guitarŐs energy through the piece. The song temporarily drops out, only to quickly build for a chance to showcase PeretzŐs abilities behind the drum set.
Logos is certainly the most open and ambient track. The song has a quality of being dizzying as the guitars clash and are dissonant from the sound bed. This create a powerful trance quality in conjunction to the subtly wind soundscapes layered throughout the piece. NoyŐs guitar lines navigate you through the void as the audience floats over an abyss of reverbs, synths, loops and alt percussion.
The title track Manufactured Region constructs several haunting loops to make up its music bed. The guitar parts come across as uneasy and angsty. It serves as a sonic climax of the EP, as the drums provoke the guitar as they fight their way to clarity.
The EP holds a strong sensation of tension, and unease. This feeling is rectified on the final track Post Production. Together the musicians sore out of the rugged soundscapes into a clean, uplifting conclusion. The steady pulsing of the synth bass marches the EP out of the industrial feel that haunts the entire collection.
Together these two New Yorkers have created a musical, avant-garde snapshot of their mutual city, or any urban area for that matter. The EP is a unique blend of fusion and electronic soundscapes, which both Noy and Peretz eloquently improvise through. ItŐs a notable approach towards fusion music and improvisation in the twenty-first century.
Don Peretz | Fresh Sound New Talent
By Glenn Astarita (All About Jazz.com)
Drummer Don Peretz is onto something here as he pilots this New York City-based quartet through an expansive musical aura where improvisation and compositional structure attain a happy medium. Take for example, Russ Johnson's crybaby-like muted trumpet choruses on "Simple Man," as Perez and bassist Dave Ambrosio lay down a tight groove amid a tunefully, blues-oriented primary theme.
The simplistic connotations of the track's title summon up acute visual characteristics, but the band's makeover features a medley of programmatic horn choruses and loosely organized jazz grooves. Many of these pieces are stoked in wide-ranging mosaics of sound and style, spanning Ornette Coleman-style free bop, hard bop, and jazz-funk. However, the majority of Peretz's compositions boast sustaining melody lines, often coated with prophetic musical statements.
The quartet's rendition of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" looms as a solemn jazz dirge where teen spirit is branded with sorrow and remorse. However, the rhythm section subsequently ups the tempo for the coda, suggesting an air of optimism.
This unit's sovereign approach to jazz covers quite a bit of terrain, as Peretz's arrangements generally convey tangible storylines that are embedded within the soloists' improvisations. (A recommended pick for 2005...)
Foremen (Freshsound Records)
Cadence Magazine (December 2005)
Also subverts Jazz normalcy but through a different route. Don Peretz's group goes the way of the Bad Plus and rocks up its rhythms. They even go so far as to cover a rock tune the Bad Plus have already done, Nirvana's anthem, "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
This shows the difference in their approach. Where the Bad Plus' version of the song started out at full blast and stayed there, Peretz's group approaches the song gradually. Christof Knoche's bass clarinet and Russ Johnson's trumpet each quietly walk through a verse and the group doesn't get loud and fast until the final run through.
This measured and methodical approach carries on through the CD. The slow western lope of "Simple Man," the snappy R & B beat of "Retro Phlegm" and the James Brown funk of "Bacon Wrapped" all go somewhere specific, moved on by the leaders crashing drum rhythms and Dave Ambrosio's steady bass. Christof Knoche is excellent on his various reeds, making the bass clarinet sing and going all out with his soprano sax on "Peretz Syndrome" and "No Train Again." Trumpeter Russ Johnson is simply amazing. His melodicism, energy and tone make him sound like the best new trumpet voice since Dave Douglas. His buzzing, widescreen solo on Neil Young's "Old Man" is notable and his solo introducing "Son And Dad" is pure poetry. This group goes one step beyond groups like the Bad Plus and E.S.T. They underpin their work with rock rhythms, then spread beauty back on top with the front line.
- Jerome Wilson