About Rich O'Donnell
The multi facets of Rich O'Donnell span 45 years as virtuoso percussionist, composer, designer and builder of percussion and electronic instruments, teacher and writer. He was with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for 43 years, most of them as principal percussionist. O'Donnell has invented a revolutionary playing technique with new type sticks and new pedals. On May 1, 2000 he presented the world premiere of SeeSaw Drumming at City Museum in St. Louis under the auspices of New Music Circle and on May 11, 2000 the New York premiere at Merkin Hall by World Institute of Music. It is based on reciprocal motion, which allows him to play twice as fast as his normal technique. The ability to create complex layers of polyrhythms gives him new insight into rhythmical structures. He no longer thinks in terms of downbeats and bars, but rather convergence and overlays and cycles of the various layers. This technique can be fast and dense, but it can also be elegant and in the pocket. He has published 3:4:5, a book on SeeSaw Drumming. A second book with 3 accompanying CDs illustrating the technique is near completion. He is also creating interactive computer/ synthesizer software to accompany live percussion performances. He continues solo performances with other performer/composers in the United States and Europe.