• King Worm premiere performance
  • Harbourfront Centre
  • November 13, 2003

King Worm

Date Composed: 2003
Composer: Patrick Graham
Arrangement: Patrick Graham and Kiyoshi Nagata
Premiere Performance: November 13, 2003 - Harbourfront Centre

Irish drumming’s well known diplomat is a frame drum known as the bodhran. Generally played with a short beater, and using an unusual wrist technique, the modern style of bodhran playing, uses pitch changing to great effect.

In King Worm, I wanted to juxtapose the somewhat jovial (at least in my mind) nature of the bodhran with an ensemble sound that evoked a sense of the regal. This arrangement, in close collaboration with Kiyoshi Nagata, features taiko ensemble, which suits the character of the rhythms perfectly.

-Patrick Graham