Flying on Instruments
Welcome aboard, Flying on Instruments (F.O.I) is about to take you on a flight to places like the streets of Mexico, the beaches of Brazil, the deserts of Africa, the Red Planet, and to the back alley's of New York City. Make sure your seats are in a comfortable position as F.O.I leads you on a musical journey. Your co-pilots on this excursion are Kevin Brace on tenor & soprano saxophones and Norm Dorrell on vibes & marimba. They have been traveling the musical landscape together for the past twenty years and are joined by navigators Mike Vogelmann on bass and Phil "The Mystic" Grim on percussion. Each musician brings his own unique, diverse talent to F.O.I's performances and on their self titled debut CD, resulting in music that is powerful and uplifting. Take a flight with us to satisfy your taste for musical diversity. Norm Dorrell brings his marimba contributions to F.O.I from a strong classical music background. At Rowan University Norm studied marimba with Dean Witten and was a percussionist in the Haddonfield Symphony. Norm has written many songs which have provide launching pads for the band's many improvisations. Marimba De Puerto Vallarta, from their debut CD, is a marimba tour de force. Saxophonist Kevin Brace studied sax with Joe Harris and Dr. Ben Christy and is a graduate of West Chester University. Kevin was a member of both the experimental fusion band Firedance and the funk/R&B group The Works. Kevin shares the composition duties for F.O.I. as well. His funky piece, Smooth Daddy, showcases the tenor sax. Phil "The Mystic" Grim owns and plays more unusual world percussion instruments than most music stores can stock. As a virtuoso congero and world percussionist, Phil's unique talent is the mainspring of the bands incidental style of performing. He has lent his fiery chops to many performers in the area including Art Perry and Mike Mantra. Phil studied percussion with Lenny Sediaman of the Painted Bride. Bassist Mike Vogelmann is one of the most established bass players on the Philly original rock scene. He's played with Ken Kweder, The Front Street Runners, Philly folkie Peter Stone Brown, and toured the U.S. and Europe with Ben Vaughan. In addition to playing with F.O.I, he also plays with the group Trio Nova. With members living in Delaware and New Jersey, F.O.I is able to attract a fan base throughout the Delaware Valley. Some of their performs include playing at: The Treehouse (Collingswood, NJ), The Home Grown Café (Newark, DE), Club Shampoo (Philadelphia, PA), Swede's Inn (Swedesboro, NJ), Villa Capri (Doylestown, PA) and John & Peter's (New Hope, PA).