Joe Berardi

Independent

Joe Berardi

About

Paiste Artist Since
October 1997

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliations
Independent
Double Naught Spy Car
Non Credo

Website
www.joeberardi.com

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„Paiste’s wide range of sounds and colors will fit any musical situation I find myself in. Their quality and depth and most importantly, their musicality make them the only real choice for discriminating players. These are truly beautiful musical instruments.“

Setup

Joe Berardi

Cymbals listed from left to right

10" PST X Pure Bell
14" PST X Swiss Thin Crash
12" PSTX DJ's 45 Ride (as hi-hat top)
12" PSTX DJ's 45 Crash (as hi-hat bottom)
20" Signature Dark Energy Light Dark Ride Mark I (discontinued)
12" 2002 Splash
13" Signature Mega Cup Chime
8" 2002 Cup Chime
7 1/2" 2002 Cup Chime
12" Signature Flanger Bell (discontinued)
12" Tuned & Percussive Extra Thin (discontinued)
12" Alpha Metal Splash (discontinued)

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Biography

Joe Berardi has had a long history in the Los Angeles experimental underground music scene, both as composer and performer. Mainly known as a drummer/percussionist, he also plays a variety of instruments, from keyboards to marimba to the occasional cello and viola, along with homemade instruments, sound objects, samplers, synths and toys. His side venture, F Hole, provides an outlet for his work in electronics. He creates and builds circuit bent instruments, effects pedals and other soundmaking devices, and uses these instruments in his improvisations and recordings. Since first coming into prominence as a member of the groundbreaking avant-rock band The Fibonaccis, Berardi has been involved in a wide assortment of musical ventures, from rock and pop to experimental and free improvisiation. His unique style and use of percussive objects and found sounds within the traditional drum kit have made him a sought after collaborator. His ongoing projects and bands include Non Credo (with Kira Vollman), Double Naught Spy Car, Nancy and Beth (with Megan Mullally), Ann Magnuson (Bongwater), Stan Ridgway (Wall Of Voodoo), The Deadbeats and many more. He has also toured and/or recorded with a diverse group of notorious performers, including Rufus Wainwright, Malcolm Mooney (of CAN), Lydia Lunch, James White and the Blacks, folk legend Donovan, Pixies Frank Black & Joey Santiago, Algerian vocalist Rimitti (with Robert Fripp & Flea), Congo Norvell (with Kid Congo Powers), Don Preston & Bunk Gardner (Mothers Of Invention), The Velvet Hammer Burlesque, Motor Totemist Guild and Nels Cline (Wilco).

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Fast, responsive feel, fairly quick decay. An explosive Crash cymbal with a strong, low wash for unique effects in many styles of music.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 9", 10"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, bright, calm, pure. Narrow range, clean mix. Fairly hard, direct feel. Clear ping over a warm, long, calm bell sound. Thick aluminum instrument with a specific sound character for percussive effects. Very well-suited for mallet use.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 13"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Full, bright, metallic, strong. Narrow range, clean mix. Fairly heavy, very immediate feel. Dry, clear, strong, slightly distorted ping over sparse, warm, metallic bell sound. A loud, lively, unusual cymbal with very specific ride and bell playing functions. Also suited for strong color accents and various percussion effects.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 5", 5 1/2", 6", 6 1/2", 7", 7 1/2", 8", 5 pc Set, 7 pc Set
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Bright, warm, full, brilliant. Wide range, clean mix. Soft, extremely responsive. Explosive, shattering, glassy attack with modulating warm, full, long fade. Features an exotic, very dominant center tone with lively, flanging over- and undertones. Available individually or as sets on hardware mountable 5 and 7 arm holders. Well suited for upside down mounting over a ride bell.

  • Sounds