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Scott Amendola

For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Jeff Parker, Nels Cline and Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, ROVA saxophonist Larry Ochs, and Tin Hat clarinetist Ben Goldberg, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz.

While rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area scene, Amendola has woven a dense and far-reaching web of bandstand relationships that tie him to influential artists in jazz, blues, rock and new music. A potent creative catalyst, the Berkeley-based drummer become the nexus for a disparate community of musicians stretching from Los Angeles and Seattle to Chicago and New York. Whatever the context, Amendola possesses a gift for twisting musical genres in unexpected directions. By employing custom designed electronics, including looping machines, pedals and ring modulators, he’s continually expanding his sonic palette, exploring textures and rhythms with an improvisational sensibility.

“The electronics are an extension of my voice as a drummer and musician,” Amendola says. “People know me as a drummer, and as a growing musician it makes sense to do new things. It’s all about capturing sound. The loops are all improvised, and I start each performance with a blank slate.”

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”(Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola)...retain a shared enthusiasm for the sheer joy of making music that you can hear in every bar.” —Mr. Stu's Record Room

“Amendola, who played with Hunter in T.J. Kirk back in the early ’90s, is the perfect partner for the guitarist, complementing his chilled funk with fat propulsion and deft melodic accents and counterpoint that never leave the listener noticing that only two folks are making the noise.” —Peter Margasak, emusic

“Amendola has complete mastery of every piece of his drumset and the ability to create a plethora of sounds using sticks, brushes, mallets, and even his hands.” —Steven Raphael, Modern Drummer magazine

“If Scott Amendola didn't exist, the San Francisco music scene would have to invent him.” —Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“...drummer/signal-treater Scott Amendola is both a tyrant of heavy rhythm and an electric-haired antenna for outworldly messages (not a standard combination).” —Greg Burk, LA Weekly

Primary Instrument

Drums

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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Date Detail Price
Feb4Mon
20:00
Scott Amendola
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
Berkeley, CA
$26

Discography

Fade to Orange

Fade to Orange

Sazi Records
2015

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Pucker

Pucker

Self Produced
2013

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Lift

Lift

Sazi Records
2010

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Believe

Believe

Cryptogramophone
2005

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