April 18, 2013
New York Times
By Allan Kozinn
Dean Drummond, Musician and Instrument Maker, Dies at 64
Dean Drummond, an imaginative composer and musician whose ensemble, Newband, performed on a combination of standard and newly invented instruments, died on April 13 at a hospital in Princeton, N.J. He was 64 and lived in Montclair, N.J., where he was the director of the Harry Partch Institute at Montclair State University.The cause was multiple myeloma, said Esther Starry Schor, Mr. Drummond’s companion.
Mr. Drummond’s music was often gently atmospheric, sometimes with subtle touches of humor, and almost always steeped in an otherworldly sense of color, which arose from his peculiar approach to instrumentation.
Like Harry Partch, the iconoclastic composer and instrument builder with whom Mr. Drummond worked as an assistant for several years in the 1960s, Mr. Drummond had a passion for building his own outlandish instruments. Read More.