The Universal Drum

The Universal Drum is an experimental work that explores the harmony of Deaf and Hearing worlds through drums. This piece integrates new music, drama, and American Sign Language (ASL) poetry that can be experienced by Deaf and Hearing audiences alike.

Commissioned by SIGN & SING, the work was first written by Willy Conley, translated by Gallaudet University students, and set to music by Brad Balliett for SIGN & SING’s ensemble of singers, Deaf actors, and percussionists. SIGN & SING will enjoy featuring this work at Dixon Place, and engaging the audience with whacky instruments.