He was drumming on an instrument in his car when I asked if I could talk with him. “Sure. Do you mind if I finish working out this beat first?” He tapped rhythmically with concentration. Then he looked up and smiled. “I just got this. I ordered it from Brazil. It’s called a Pandeiro.”
"How is it different than a tambourine?"
"The way you play it. Samba." He played for me again, then let me try it.
"Is this what you do? Are you a drummer?"
"Yeah. I play in a band called Pink Martini."
I just learned of the death of Derek Rieth, percussionist for the Portland band, Pink Martini.
I met Derek through Humans of Portland back in February. (http://on.fb.me/XZYMbJ)
The news of his tragic passing reminded me that I had unpublished photos from when we met. In memory of Derek, I wanted to publish them today.
1971 - 2014