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Perry Dreiman’s Sabian Portrait Session

I have gleefully watched my friend Perry Dreiman hit things for work and pleasure as a percussionist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic; when he asked me to take his portrait, I happily agreed.  He needed especially to feature some of the Sabian instruments he uses on a regular basis.

We decided to meet backstage in Disney Hall’s “toy room,” designed especially for the percussionists’s plethora of instruments.  Joining us there, Perry’s wife and I got a little fun time in with Perry; here he is loosening up his wrists a bit:

 

Fast hand Perry

Fast hand Perry

 

 

This was my first time in the toy room and I felt like a kid in a candy store.  Perry stands freely here, on the not-guilty side of his geometric chimes:

 

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One of the instruments in the percussion room is this custom reconstructed “Jingling Johnny” used in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, roughly seen impaling Perry’s pate:

 

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I fantasized that we could use his rolling toys in shapes, so we three spent a couple minutes forming this starburst:

 

 

 

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Showing in Disney Hall the next week was a production of Don Giovanni, with stage dressings by Frank Gehry.  We had great luck in front of some of these dressings, made of thick, slightly crinkled paper:

 

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When I researched Sabian and their offerings, I had imagined making a tribute to ancient Byzantine coinage and the golden portrait of the minting emperor, directly likening those extremely concave coins to the beautiful shiny cymbals.  I think we achieved the look:

 

 

 

 

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Perry’s wife was kind enough to assist in the placing of the different cymbals.  Finding the right reflection and larger size proved to be effective:

 

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By this time it was dusk, so we set out to use the hall’s brilliant exterior as a backdrop.  Perry pauses a moment while positioning ourselves across the street:

 

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Perry had an easy time keeping a fun-loving attitude throughout the shoot; we had a great time together.  Here’s a humorous take on Perry as The Simpson’s Sideshow Bob using a palm tree as the animated character’s signature coif:

 

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Here, the slightly less cartoonish version:
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The three of us had a great time together and Perry had several photos to offer up Sabian’s marketing department.  Success!

 

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