School of Music

The Paul Dresher/Joel Davel Invented Instrument Duo

November 13, 2016
2:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
$15 for adults, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 students

Performing on two extraordinary invented musical instruments -  the four stringed & fifteen foot long Quadrachord and the electronic magic of the Marimba Lumina - Dresher and Davel create lush textures and rhythmically propulsive grooves that fascinate both the ear and the eye. Through the magic of live digital looping, this electro-acoustic duo creates a complexity of layers that rivals the richness of much larger ensembles and orchestras. 

With it’s 14 foot long steel strings, the Quadrachord might look like an extreme electric guitar but in addition to being plucked like a guitar, it can be bowed like a cello, played like a slide guitar, prepared like a piano and hammered on like a percussion instrument.

The Marimba Lumina is invention by renowned synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla in collaboration with Joel Davel and Mark Goldstein. It is a sophisticated electronic instrument modeled after its acoustic namesake, but it offers a much more complex and sophisticated means of triggering and manipulating electronic and acoustically generated sounds.

The Dresher/Davel duo has performed extensively throughout the United States at venues including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie/Zankel Hall, Bard College, Symphony Space, UT Austin, UC San Diego, Detroit Institute of Art, Roulette Intermedium, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. As an added highlight at all of the duo’s performances, at the end of each concert, the audience is invited on stage to explore the instruments on their own and in interaction with the two artists.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students. Purchase tickets online at, or call the USM Music Box Office at (207) 780-5555.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646. 

Contact Information

USM Music Box Office
(207) 780-5555