(New York, NY)Bobby Previte
Bobby Previte's first stage appearance came in 1956 at the Niagara Falls Talent Show where, adorned in an over-sized suit and guitar, he belted out a solo rendition of Elvis' "Hound Dog." Realizing music was a great way to get girls, at thirteen he fashioned his first drum set from a garbage can, upside-down trash bins, and aluminum pie plates, and joined a band. But when they finally got a job he was fired for not having 'real drums'. Undaunted, he saved all his pennies and a year later bought the Rogers drum set that he still uses today in concerts all over Europe, South America, Russia, Japan, Australia and the USA. One afternoon in the East Village, he spotted Jimi Hendrix in a limo. Thinking fast, he unfurled the life-sized poster of Jimi he happened to have just bought, then looked on in astonishment as Hendrix smiled and flashed him the peace sign. All the rest, as they say, is noise.
Diorama is an ongoing performance work in the form of a series of solo drum concerts for one listener at a time in rotating spaces. In Diorama, the single audience member enters a small room and sits directly behind a drum set. Unaware of the viewer's identity, the drummer (in this case, Bobby Previte) then plays an improvised piece. When the performance is over there are no words, reactions, or other exchanges of any kind allowed between performer and listener. Diorama seeks to create an intimacy without interaction (instead of the more comfortable interaction without intimacy). As one viewer put it, "It was great to just sit there and receive this intense communication from him and to not be watched or conscious of my own reaction."