Rhythm Nomad

Impulse Ensemble

Impulse Ensemble Sample from Robbie Leppzer on Vimeo.

Impulse: an elusive, momentary constellation of forces within human consciousness; a snapshot of the human body-mind in action.
I m p u l s e   E n s e m b l e:
A red-hot way-cool free-flow fusion of World Music, Jazz and Spoken Word.

Tony Vacca: balafon, gongs, percussion, spoken word. Jim Matus: electric laoutar, vocals. Derrik Jordan: electric violin, percussion, vocals.

Tony VaccaJim Matus and Derrik Jordan are three musicians and composers with some unlikely common ground. They share a special interest in the converging traditions and innovations that are constantly redefining what it is to be an American musician at this point in time.

They are passionate and mesmerizing performers on their respective instruments, equally at home in a written composition or in a totally free-form improvisation. They have each produced many recordings of their own music, and have traveled far and wide in pursuit of their visions. In creating Impulse Ensemble they are combining forces to make some truly extraordinary music.

To hear, purchase and/or license our music for soundtrack go to: http://www.wacbiz.com/Impulse-Ensemble/artist/730

Impulse Ensemble: Bio

tony vacca - balafon, gongs, percussion, spoken word

Tony Vacca is an innovative percussionist, composer, and producer. Over the course of his career, he has made a habit of pushing the already adventurous conventions of World Music into new territory, both as a soloist and as the leader of his World Rhythms Ensemble.

He has recorded and/or performed with a wide range of musicians. These include pop icon Sting, Senegalese Afro-pop star Baaba Maal, Jazz trumpeter and World Music legend Don Cherry, poet Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, Senegalese Hip-Hop stars Gokh-bi System, and Massamba Diop, Senegalese master of the tama or talking drum. His solo performances are a nearly non-stop athletic spectacle of percussion music and spoken word, incorporating an amazing array of gongs, giant African xylophones and various hand drums. For more, see: www.tonyvacca.com


derrik jordan - electric violin, vocals, percussion

Derrik Jordan is an award-winning composer and singer-songwriter, a producer, multi-instrumentalist (electric violin, guitar, keyboard, vocals and percussion) and recording artist. He performs his songs solo as a singer-songwriter, instrumentally on the 5-string electric violin under the name SuperString Theory, and in many groups, including Tony Vacca and the World Rhythms Ensemble, Zabap!, Natural History, and Simba.

In his journey to further develop his craft he has traveled to Brazil, Trinidad, Ghana and Senegal. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra commissioned him to write a piece for their 2009 “Made In Vermont Fall Festival Tour,” which was performed in 10 venues around Vermont in the fall of 2009. For a sample of Derrik’s music just go to his web site at: http://www.derrikjordan.com/music.html


jim matus - laoutar, vocals

Jim Matus is the creator of the world fusion bands Paranoise and Mawwal, which have won him critical praise internationally and re-defined how East could meet West. He has worked live and in the studio with musicians Don Cherry, Percy Jones, Anthony Jackson, Soft Machine's Hugh Hopper, and Klezmatic's Alicia Svigals. He attended Berkeley College of Music, and studied with Pat Metheny and John Scofield. He has electrified and re-worked the Middle-Eastern lute into something all his own. Jim’s innovations are somehow simultaneously bold and unassuming; he’s created a sound you simply have to hear to believe. For more on Jim Matus go to: www.mawwalmusic.com