Joe Gallivan | Zildjian Drum Set Artist

Joe Gallivan

Love Cry Want

Drummer/percussionist/synthesizer player Joe Gallivan is an improviser and composer specializing in improvised and avant-garde music. He pioneered the use of electronic instruments and ethnic percussion instruments in jazz, and was the first ever to use a drum synthesizer in performance. He has played on over 30 released albums and CD's, on 28 of which he was the leader or co-leader, plus on a myriad of live and recorded radio broadcasts. Joe's experience includes performing at many jazz festivals and major clubs in Europe, Japan, and in the United States. He worked with the Gil Evans Orchestra for over two years and with Larry Young for over three years, as well as in extended collaborations with Ira Sullivan, Duke Pearson, Pepper Adams, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, Charles Austin, Elton Dean, and Keith Tippet. He is the composer of approximately two hundred published pieces of music, and has composed and conducted music for movies and television. "A musician of remarkable creativity and originality" Downbeat “A mercurial presence in the field of avant jazz for over 30 years” The Wire “One of the unsung heroes of this music…Time he was recognized” Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD, Fourth Edition "Le Sorcier" Le Matin Three CDs chosen as Essential Recordings of the Year by The Wire, London: Joe Gallivan and Gary Smith (for 2000), Electronic/Electric/Electronic (for 1999), Love Cry Want (for 1997).

Joe Gallivan's setup

1.13" K Constantinople HiHats *

2.18" FX Spiral Trash

3.20" K Constantinople Medium Thin Ride, Low

4.Stack: 8", 10", 12" K Splashes and 10" ZXT Trashformer on 20" K Constantinople Medium Thin Ride *

5.18" K Constantinople Crash

6.12" A Zildjian Splash

7.10" A Zildjian Splash

8.8" A Zildjian Splash

9.6" A Zildjian Splash

10.Stack: 10" and 12" FX Spiral Stackers on 16" K Constantinople Crash *

* May be prototype or discontinued

Joe Gallivan

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Inspiration comes from the work itself. Every day is an adventure. The instruments themselves inspire me, as well as the people that come to hear the music. If you choose the artist’s life, it’s what you do.



Making music is a long road with a lot of work and a lot of risk. There are no guarantees of success. The process of making music is its own reward.



All of the K Constantinople cymbals, especially the 20” K Constantinople Ride Medium Thin, and the 18” thin K Constantinople crash. They sound so beautiful and are so versatile, that I can play any type of music with anybody with just an 18” and a 20”, and often do.

Photo Credits:
Bill Goodman