Nobody could make the drums sing quite like Dante Bucci. The songwriter, percussionist, creative collaborator and fixture of the Philadelphia music scene was found dead in his Roxborough home this Wednesday. He was 34 years old.
Bucci, a systems analyst at Drexel University by day, came to prominence locally and regionally as a master of the hang drum – a unique, UFO-shaped instrument with a similar sound and feel as a steel drum. It’s both percussive and melodic, which allowed Bucci to effectively be his own one-man band, writing songs and performing them with the two drums balanced in his lap. His latest album, Kinesthesia, was released in October of 2013, but he had already been developing this unique style for years, showcasing it at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 2010 and releasing his debut album, Reminiscence, in 2008. Continue reading →