Focused on contemporary music and open to all sound worlds, the Drumming Percussion Group, founded and directed by Miquel Bernat in 1999, has been considered as one of the most important percussion internationally.
Drumming GP challenges sound innovation by proposing shows of diverse character, supported by its aesthetic coherence and poetic unity, between music and scenic aspect as well as other art forms, aiming to disturb the public and create new types of concert, always with a very solid narrative. The group travels from classical percussion to jazz, through electronics and rock, trying to develop stage music for theater, opera and ballet. It’s constant creative activity also has the didactic-pedagogical and social aspects.
Drumming GP is a pioneer in the creation of an orchestra of timbilas (traditional African instrument and ancestor of Marimba) that interprets both songs of oral tradition (of Mozambican origin) and songs designed by contemporary composers who write especially for the group. It also created the first ensemble of steel drums (traditional instrument of Trinidad and Tobago) of the Iberian Peninsula also based on two aspects: traditional and experimental.
In its constant activity and creation of contemporary music, in partnership with renowned composers and artists, Drumming has commissioned and debuted hundreds of works since 1999 and has therefore contributed significantly to the growth of the repertoire for percussion group and other formations with percussion. Due to this fact the group has a unique and personalized work and has performed with many other groups and soloists, like Ivan Monigueti (cello), Glen Velez (percussionist), Sergio Carolino (Tuba), and Edicson Ruiz (double bass – Simon Bolivar / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra).
The group’s discography includes Unreal Sidewalk Cartoon (Bernado Sasseti + Drumming GP), Pocket Paradise (2009) dedicated to the music of Jesus Rueda, Step by Step (2013), with music by António Pinho Vargas and Mares (2016) with works of António Chagas Rosa (considered the best album of the year by Público in 2016), Haikus do Mar (Neu Records 2017), a monographic cd of the composer José Manuel Lopèz Lopèz.
In addition to its pro-activity in creating new shows, the group works and explores, since it’s creation, the quality, personality and innovation of the group’s sound, also collaborating in the invention and configuration of unique instruments and drumsticks.
Drumming GP was a resident group of Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture and regularly plays in the most renowned national halls, such as the Gulbenkian Foundation, São João National Theater, Culturgest, Belém Cultural Center, Rivoli Theater, Serralves, Casa da Música, and internationally has performed in Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, South Africa and Brazil.