is more than just music; it's an experience! The voice and instruments
resonate in the space. Madrum are professional and a joy to listen to
in a live setting" --- Sadie Green ,
Projects Officer, Devon Artsculture.
"The sounds of
a heart surrendered to the voice of God" --- Cathy
October 2013 --- The nature of the Madrum project has changed somewhat over recent years to embrace our shifting life circumstances but we are excited to announce we are scheduled to be recording some new material in the early part of 2014. These will be available as downloads from the website. I spend some of my time now in Vancouver, Canada where I am motivated and focused on producing my own work. Tracks will be available to purchase as downloads from a new website in due course. Gavin has recently written an album to accompany a children's book and is embarking on a solo album of chants as well as other material. Lawrence
December 2012 --- We are excited to announce that our albums SOMA & MARRAKECH can be downloaded in MP3 format. Check out our MUSIC page.
November 2012 --- MADRUM have created a new track DANCE OF LIGHT available as a download from our MUSIC page. Select NEW TRACKS from drop down menu.
2010 --- There are no performances planned for the immediate
future. This is giving us both the much needed space to explore other
avenues of our own individual creativity. Gavin is learning the art of
studio recording and one project in the pipeline is a CD of
chants. Lawrence is at present in the process of upgrading his
studio and has plans to develop his percussive scoring.
So if you
were hoping to get a copy of our new CD at one of our gigs, I'm afraid
there wont be any this year but you can still order a copy from the
Music page. Dont forget our album Soma is now available at a bargain
price. Have a great spring/summer time. Gavin
March 2009 --- My time in Marrakech was very productive
and I have returned with some useful sounds and images to be worked up
at a later date. I met many warm hearted people and feel indebted to
their generosity in letting this eccentric westerner record the sounds
of their work. The Haddadine or ironworkers souk was a fascinating area
and I can see how Rumi came upon the realisation, by wandering through
such a place with its intense banging and tapping, that all of life is
rhythm. I was acutely aware not to intrude too much or take more than I
needed. My french lessons prior to going served me well and encouraged
some interesting meetings and conversations including one with a
shoe maker about the vocal techniques used when singing the Koran. I
heard some great Marrakchi music in a cyber park just outside the old
city. It was simply a group of guys hanging out singing and drumming,
and clapping polyrhythmically. They demonstrated such passion and
committment to the joy of the moment. This was present when, later that
night, I asked some guys working at one of the food stalls about it who
then instantaneously 'exploded' into the same piece of music! It was
hard to leave the colours, the smells, the snow covered Atlas mountains
glistening in the african sun, and the storks that flew slowly overhead
as I drank mint tea from the roof terrace of my hotel. It was a very
creative time and both Gavin and I would like to spend more time there
some day with the specific intention of writing.
March 2010 --- MADRUM are excited to announce the release of their eagerly awaited 2nd album,
"MARRAKECH". Tracks from this album have been inspired by playing for a dance
retreat in the Moroccan Desert as well as absorbing the sounds, smells, spirit, people
and music of this amazing country.
TO ORDER YOUR COPY AND LISTEN TO
EXTRACTS OF THE ALBUM CHECK OUT THE MUSIC PAGE AND
We are also offering our SOMA CD at a reduced price so take advantage of this great offer also on the Music page.
2009 --- I'm off to Marrakech again in early February
with the aim of recording the sounds of the streets and the souks for
use on a few tracks on the new album which is beginning to take shape.
I'm excited to be going back to the red city which seduces and inspires
my creative spirit.
have recently had this website upgraded and are grateful to Francis Cox
for his expertise and generosity with this. We will endeavour to
publish regular news updates from now on. 2008 was a fairly busy year
in which we played at some great venues and festivals, most notably the
Global Inspiration Conference in Herefordshire, Chagstock in Devon, and
an International Peace Day event in Brighton. We are currently working
on the new album and exploring some exciting new directions with
January 2008 --- What a wonderful start to the
year! We were lucky enough to return to the Moroccan Desert
playing for a 5 Rhythms Dance and Voice retreat. I was
facilitating the voice part. What a joy to wake up every morning
chanting to the sun and singing for our lives off the high dune! The
Berbers welcomed us again with such generosity and care and we were
privileged to play music with them and record their incredible rhythms
and melodies. This trip enabled us to gather musical ideas and
inspiration from a culture far removed from our
own. New ideas are seeding themselves and we are beginning
work on our next CD along with developing new material to
perform. Our travels took us to Fes, an 8th Century medieval city, with
its narrow cobbled streets full of vibrant colours and smells. We made
some great contacts and may perform at venues there
in the future. So we will see what the year brings! Wishing you all a
Happy and Inspirational New Year! Gavin
July 2007---This has been a busy few months for
us. The CD is being well received and we have been promoting it at gigs
and through local radio interviews. The launch at Harberton was a
special evening, and we were joined in support by Stella Davies and
musicians. A big thanks to them and to everyone who helped out on the
night. We have just appeared at Quest again. All the
musicians who appear there agree that this is a great festival to play.
There is always a good, receptive audience, and we enjoy the support
and networking among fellow performers. We have also been to Paris a
few times to work with the 5-Rhythms team we were in Morocco with.
August looks set to be a busy month, and in between all this we are
looking at creating new material to provide the bulk of a new album for
CD has finally arrived back from the distributors and is now
available for sale. For more details see the contact page. We will be
performing at Mind Body Spirit Festival in London on May 27th. Hope to
see you there.
March 2007--- STOP PRESS
will be launching their debut album "SOMA" on Fri 1st June at Harberton
Village Hall ( see performances page) so please
come along and support us. At present we are putting
the finishing touches to the CD and aim for
it to be completed and ready for sale by the end of May. More
information about this will follow soon.
January 2007---We wish you a creative and
prosperous new year! What an incredibly inspiring start to the year we
have had! We have just got back from The Naked Voice Friends
Gathering at Croydon Hall (www.thenakedvoice.com)
where Gavin was accredited as a Naked Voice Introductory
Teacher. Lawrence was so inspired by the weekend he has decided to
deepen his practice of the work by signing up for the
facilitator trainings. Madrum played a 30 minute set on the
Saturday evening which was very well received.
December 2006---On Boxing Day we flew to Marrakesh
to begin an extraordinary trip which took us to the desert dunes close
to the Algerian border. We provided music for a 5 Rhythms dance retreat
in the sand. It was lead by an inspiring team from France
who ran an intensive workshop for 19 participants, who were a
courageous, creative, and open-hearted tribe of dancers. We were looked
after in a camp by a group of Berbers and their camels. The desert
is so still and peaceful, and we both felt at home
there. We enjoyed the delicious, simple food, and watching the
sun rise and set from the high dunes. We played at
dusk in the black desert, and sat round a fire late into the
night drumming with the Berbers whose playing was a
heady mix of power, passion and precision; a real joy! We spent another
week in Marrakesh which was quite an assault on the senses after the
tranquility of the desert! But it's a fascinating city, alive with
colour, sound and smells. The rhythm of Morocco will stay with us for a
November 2006---We have had a very successful
summer of gigs where we played at the Totnes festival, Quest,
Fordstock, Midsummer Events in Cornwall, and the Whitefeather Festival.
We are continuing to record our debut CD of which we are about 75% of
the way through. We are aiming for a spring launch event in the Totnes
September 2006---Madrum have been asked to play
for a 5 Rhythms Dance retreat deep in the Moroccan desert.
April 2006---The Barrel House, Totnes---This was
our first solo performance where we played two 40 minute sets to a
packed and enthusiastic audience.This was a great night for us and we
showcased some new material. Following the success of the gig
we have been asked to perform there again on 29th June.
January 2006---Devon Artsculture 1st birthday
celebration. We were invited to play a half-hour set as part of a
celebration and general networking event. It was held in a stunning,
restored tithe barn near Chudleigh.
October 2005---CD progress. We have just finished
re-mixing some material for a demo CD to be sent to concert and
festival organisers for performances in 2006. Work continues on our
full length studio album.
August 2005---Devon Artsculture Showcase Event,
Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe. This was a great opportunity to play a
40-minute set in a smart venue. The sound crew did a thorough and
professional job and the sound was clean. We hope to support future
Devon Artsculture events.
August 2005---RAWA Benefit Gig, Totnes. This was a
great night of cabaret in aid of Women of Afghanistan. We kicked off
proceedings with a 15 minute set and played a further two pieces
towards the end of the evening. It was good to be seen by a local