Rite of Passage (1999)


The drum must be manŐs oldest instrument. It has had magical powers and ritual significance ascribed to it in cultures everywhere and at all times – from the rain dance of the Indians to stirring war drums and todayŐs heavy metal. Rite of Passage is an attempt to capture glimpses of the magic of the drums. The music consists of repeated patterns, brief themes and figures that gradually and imperceptibly shift, vary, and build up, with an underlying mood of the inevitability of the ritual – or fate, if you like.