Hearn Gadbois' musical
career spans more than four decades. From playing congas in Funk and
Blues bands in his hometown of Minneapolis in the seventies, he
relocated to New York in the early eighties and was quickly absorbed
into the very unpredictable 'downtown' scene: he played CBGb's, Mudd
Club, Symphony Space, The Kitchen and a host of other venues with an
incredibly varied assortment of artists. Collaborating with
choreographer Bebe Miller, Patti Smith, Meredith Monk, Suzanne Vega,
Yoko Ono- these are but a few of the better-known. He was a founding
member of Saqqara Dogs, and Annabouboula, and he made frequent concerts
and film-scoring sessions with composers Robert Een and Carter
In addition to playing, Hearn designs and builds many of his own
instruments, which he uses in much of his own work, developing a sort
of drumset from a combination of his versions of traditional Middle
Eastern percussion and instruments that are to be played with the feet.
A hand-drummer, he has conducted much of his own rather idiosyncratic
field research into world hand-drumming traditions in Brasil,
Uzbekistan, Iran, Morocco, and Turkey and has synthesized a style of
playing that can be safely said to belong to no particular place.
He has recorded two solo CDs, Joinery, and One Thousand and One Fingers, and is at work on a third.
He left New York not long after the 911 attacks and lives and works
with his wife, dancer/choreographer Rena Milgrom in Prague, Czech