John Bryant's Dare To Drum

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Linking to: Erik Jonsson Academic Center (JO)
Admission: Free
Season: 2019-2020

John Bryant is a film and music producer, drummer/percussionist, residing and working in Dallas, Texas. His new documentary film, Dare To Drum, starring Stewart Copeland and D’Drum, with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony, was released on September 19, 2017 by Kino Lorber Films, and is currently available on Amazon Prime, along with many other digital distributors.

Mr. Bryant will screen parts of the film and speak to the audience about the music and film making process of Dare To Drum.


Dare to Drum tells the story of rock star composer Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police, teaming up with D’Drum, a Texas-based world percussion group, and Maestro Jaap van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to create groundbreaking work, both on and off the screen.

In 2011, after three years of composing, rehearsals, recording sessions, and trips to Bali and Java, "Gamelan D'Drum"—a musical synthesis of pitch, rhythm, and orchestration—is ready for its world premiere. But when uncharacteristically cold and icy weather hits Dallas, it threatens to derail their dreams of performing the creative masterpiece with the Dallas Symphony.


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