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Xylophone performer to bring new show to ROTA Gallery

Rod Hamilton Show: Rod Hamilton, xylophone and percussionist, performs on in Charlotte, NC, venue while on tour up the East Coast. Hamilton will make his way to Plattsburgh to perform at ROTA Gallery on Aug. 4 with local performer Kimberly LeClaire.

Rod Hamilton Show: Rod Hamilton, xylophone and percussionist, performs on in Charlotte, NC, venue while on tour up the East Coast. Hamilton will make his way to Plattsburgh to perform at ROTA Gallery on Aug. 4 with local performer Kimberly LeClaire.

— “The MalletKat is capable of playing many different mallet instrument sounds, and is much easier to transport,” Hamilton said.

He said he is most drawn to the attack sound of a mallet percussion instrument because the staccato hit allows thinking space between each note. Hamilton runs his music with a variety of loops utilizing pedals to alter the sound even more. He said he loops the selected live samples to create many layers of sound.

“My performances are mostly spontaneous and improvisational pieces,” Hamilton said. “Once I get into a rhythm I just let the course of the sound set itself. I also run the MalletKat through many effects pedals, to alter the sounds even more. I then loop selected live samples with a loop pedal, which creates many layers of sound.”

Admission is based on a $3 to $10 pay-what-you-can sliding scale.

For more information about the show or to hear samples of Hamilton’s music go to rodhamilton.bandcamp.com.

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