Archeological museum - Varna

About the event

Richard Spaven, drums • Stuart McCallum, guitar • Chris Hargreaves, bass  • Tendayi Mutongerwa, vox

Deeply rooted in the U.K. club and hip-hop scenes, the drummer brings a fresh approach to the instrument that’s at once modern and traditional.

Combining machine-like accuracy with jazz-influenced improvisational sensibilities, Richard Spaven’s drumming has landed him gigs with vastly varied artists such as The Cinematic OrchestraJordan Rakei, Flying Lotus, Alfa Mist, the late Guru of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, jazz/hip-hop vocalist José James and Brainfeeder artist Jameszoo. Spaven’s brilliance is evident beyond his world-class performance abilities; he’s equally impressive in production and compositional territories. And most recently, the drummer released his new solo, Spirit Beats, which once again showcases his multifaceted talent. Spaven’s signature drum sound often sees him combine high-pitched, crisp snares; round, jazzy toms; and small, punchy bass drums. His cymbal choices are a sonic contrast of dry, lower-pitched hi-hats, rides, and crashes. Altogether, the drummer’s tone could be described as a nod to the past while keeping an ear toward the future.