Marque Gilmore

b. USA. A highly accomplished drummer immersed in ethnic musicology, in 1993 Gilmore formed and has since performed regularly with the band Live Drum & Bass. Billed as the first live jungle/drum ‘n’…
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b. USA. A highly accomplished drummer immersed in ethnic musicology, in 1993 Gilmore formed and has since performed regularly with the band Live Drum & Bass. Billed as the first live jungle/drum ‘n’ bass ensemble, the band performs music that combines live interactive MIDI-electronics and DJs, and became very popular in both London and New York where Gilmore was a founding member of NYC Black Rock Coalition. His group, the Drum-FM Interactive Tribalistic Session, was launched in 1994. Among artists with whom Gilmore has performed is Malian keyboard player and singer Cheick Tidiane Seck. From 1998 Gilmore toured during the next two years with composer and multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney. In the spring of 1999, Gilmore received the New Music Commission Grant from the UK Arts Council and his and Seck’s resulting ‘Millennium Migration’ was premiered at London’s Hackney Empire. In 2000, he toured the UK as support for Sting. Starting in 2000 Gilmore benefited from a three-year fixed-term funding grant allowing him to further develop his musical concepts. In May 2001, Gilmore and Seck shared the bill at London’s Barbican Centre with the Arts Ensemble Of Chicago. That same year, he toured Europe and India and made a five-city tour of China. Among other musicians with whom Gilmore has worked are concert pianist Katia Labeque and jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.