The Police's Stewart Copeland Brings New Composition to SA Symphony

click to enlarge Copeland, looking a little Matthew Lesko. FREE MONEY!! - Wikimedia
Copeland, looking a little Matthew Lesko. FREE MONEY!!

Stewart Copeland, the machine behind The Police, is bringing his newest composition to The Tobin. The piece, entitled "Gamelan D'Drum," which will include the San Antonio Symphony as well as Dallas' D'Drum world percussion ensemble, will be performing the three movement composition on November 13 and 14. Copeland will be in attendance. 

Copeland is known for his tight and syncopated time-keeping in the group that gave us "Roxanne," "Message in a Bottle," "Don't Stand So Close to Me," "Walking on the Moon," and "Every Breath You Take," forever solidifying his place in rock history and on the playlist of Delilah at Q101.9, whenever she's feeling fiesty. 

Copeland, who is probably terribly tired of being "the drummer for The Police" added brilliant rhythmic juxtapositions to the up-beat and world meters in The Police's seemingly surface-level renditions of African, British, Jamaican, Middle Eastern and Caribbean music. They were an incredibly talented band that are not only highly duplicated today, but are so adept at their instruments, Copeland in particular, that he could fool the modest listener into thinking that his parts were rudimentary and lacked the showy sophistication of a Neil Peart or a Phil Collins. Stewart's more like Ringo if he would have stayed with the Maharishi dropping acid and studying nothing but black folk drummers for a decade or Mick Fleetwood had he worked in a three-piece, connected with his high-hat like he did his toms and come to popularity primarily in the '80s.

The Symphony will also be performing les apache and "impressionist" (for the draft and academically anal) Maurice Ravel's ballet score for "Daphnis et Chloé." Doors are at 8 and tickets start at $25.

UPDATE: Copeland, D'Drum, The San Antonio Symphony and Santikos Theatres have partnered to bring the documentary "Dare to Drum," which covers the careers and collaboration of Copeland with D'Drum to the Santikos Palladium on November 11. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. with a Q-&-A with Copeland and D’Drum. Movie presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available online at or in person at the Palladium, 17703 West Interstate Highway 10. 

A special VIP post-movie reception with Stewart Copeland and D’Drum is available for $50. This will include refreshments and light hors d’oeurves. Tickets are also available online at or in person at the Palladium.


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