“Randy Gloss’s maneuvering of his frame drum had to be seen to be believed…”
-Mina Silverstone, salamworldwide.com
“Randy Gloss’ work on pandeiro was one of the most amazing demonstrations of concentrated virtuosity I’ve ever seen.”
-Greg Burk, metaljazz.com
“Bergamo was successful at creating his own pool of students that went on to professional careers, most notably Randy Gloss who remains a highly innovative frame drummer.”
-Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Volume II Performance and Production
Randy Gloss, a percussionist whose background performing several modalities of hand drums, contemporary percussion, and drum set has led to his involvement in many innovative ensembles that fuse world music with new music and jazz.
In addition to Hands On’Semble, Randy has also worked with a wide array of artists including: reggae superstar Ziggy Marley (on the Grammy winning album, Fly Rasta); pianist Larry Karush; Adam Rudolph’s “Go: Organic Orchestra” and world percussion group Vashti; The Lian Ensemble (including the Pangea Project with Djivan Gasparyan and Swapan Cahudhuri; and the 2009 UCLALive production of Medea starring Annette Bening); Indian slide veena virtuoso Chitravina Ravikiran (including a concert tour of India that also featured Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto and master African drummer Alfred Ladzekpo); a Balkan/Indian collaboration with maestros Aashish Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri, Miroslav Tadic, Vlatko Stefanovski; Romanian pan flute virtuoso Damian Draghici; overtone singer David Hykes; Turkish musician Latif Bolat; Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble; Persian pianist Ardeshir Rohani; and South Indian percussionist Poovalur Sriji to name only some. Randy has also contributed percussion for film soundtracks by composers Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Gary Chang; for television series’ such as Fear Factor; video games such as Uncharted 3 for Sony Play Station; recorded music for the American Conservatory Theater; Southwest Chamber Music (Lou Harrison); and has recorded several extensive percussion sample libraries for software companies such as: Apple (Garage Band), Ilio, and Native Instruments.
Based in Los Angeles since the mid-90’s, Randy Gloss has been on the faculty at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia California since 1999, where he oversees the World Percussion Program, and has also taught at UCLA and LA Music Academy (LAMA). Randy Gloss endorses Remo world percussion and drumheads, Paiste cymbals and gongs, Innovative Percussion drumsticks and mallets, and Cooperman frame drums.
MFA California Institute of the Arts- Muli-Focus Percussion, 1997
BM University of Bridgeport- Percussion Performance and Jazz Studies, 1993
Randy Gloss website: http://www.randygloss.com