“Randy Gloss's maneuvering of his frame drum had to be seen to be believed…”
Randy Gloss, a percussionist whose background performing several modalities of hand drums, contemporary percussion, and drum set has led to his involvement in many innovative ensembles that fuse world music with new music and jazz. Most notable is Hands On’Semble, a percussion ensemble devoted to the art of hand drumming founded by renowned percussion vanguard John Bergamo in 1997 (with Randy Gloss, Andrew
Grueschow, and Austin Wrinkle). Winner of Drum! Magazine reader’s poll award for best percussion ensemble in 2003, 2002,
and first runner up award in 2001. "A Stellar percussion group with extraordinary soloing, and extensive palette of sounds"(Modern Drummer Magazine)
Hands On’Semble has performed and lectured throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia at many of the world’s premier percussion and world music festivals, music schools and conservatories, and have collaborated with a wide array of highly esteemed percussionists including: Swapan Chaudhuri, Adam Rudolph, Poovalur Sriji, Houman Pourmehdi, Glen Velez, Brad Dutz, Jamey Haddad, Steve Shehan, Mark Nauseef, Pete Lockett, Ed Mann, Abbos Kosimov, Carlos Stasi and Guello. Percussionists and critics worldwide have praised their recorded work as being some of the most important and interesting of its kind. "Masterful" (Modern Drummer Magazine)
In addition to Hands On’Semble, Randy Gloss has been involved in numerous other projects
fusing world music with new music and jazz including: Adam Rudolph’s “Go: Organic Orchestra” winner of L.A. Weekly Music Award for Outstanding World Music Artist 2005 and 2003 and his world percussion group Vashti to name just a few.
Randy has contributed percussion for film soundtracks by composers Danny Elfman andGary Chang, for television series’ such as Fear Factor, and has recorded music for the American Conservatory Theater and Southwest Chamber Music. Randy has also recorded several extensive percussion sample libraries for Apple (Garage Band), Ilio, and Native Instruments.
Randy currently is the percussion director at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where he has been on the percussion and world music faculty since 1999.
Teachers have included: John Bergamo, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Poovalur Sriji, Houman
Pourmehdi, Guello, Carlos Stasi, Edson Gianesi, Alfred Ladzekpo, I Nyoman Wenten,
Victor Rendon, Richard Hill, David Johnson, Daniel Kennedy, Michael Lipsey, Arthur
Lipner, Warren Odze, Pete Abbott, Jim Mola, Buddy Ostapowitz, Wadada Leo Smith, Larry
Koonse, Brian Torff, Rajeev Taranath.