Well established in the LA recording studios, Steve Forman is recognized as one of the area’s most innovative and creative musicians. His professional credentials began in Arizona as a contract member of the Phoenix Symphony, but his broader interests in music soon led him to the recording studios in Los Angeles. Interspersed with his early touring experience, Steve’s personal trips to Brazil and Japan were important influences on his playing; he developed a style of “color” hand percussion and extended the on-stage instrument collection well beyond the routine Latin instrument group common at that time by utilizing found objects like hubcaps and artillery shells, sculptural artifacts and odd metal and wood constructions.
For percussionists the study of music becomes a lifelong investigation of the world’s instruments, techniques and styles. Steve’s pursuits have led to interests in African forms, Afro-Cuban, Asian, Blue Grass, Brazilian, Cajun, Classical, Country, Indian, Jazz, Gospel, Hip Hop, Middle Eastern, Pop, Rock, techno- the list goes on. Recently he’s been devoting a lot of attention to the bodhràn and traditional Celtic music.
Steve has helped broaden the definition of percussion in film music as well. He was quick to incorporate digital samplers and signal processors as a natural extensions to the acoustic sonic effects he’s often called to create. The result is a unique textural sound design concept. One of the first percussionists to use computers to drive and synchronize digital samplers with a live orchestra during real-time film scoring sessions, Steve has developed techniques to seamlessly blend electronic percussion with ethnic acoustic instruments. Often he’ll work directly with composers and directors to generate a sonic bridge between the picture’s musical score and it’s sound effects track.
In 1997 in an effort to make real percussion more accessible to composers self-packaging projects Steve opened Tambourine Percussion Studio in Venice, California, a recording environment with a large resident collection of ethnic and orchestral percussion instruments.Source