I am going to see Jo?o Bosco perform in London in July. I’m hoping that the brilliant Brazilian Drummer Kiko Freitas will be there making it all groove. Here’s a recent clip from the vicinity of Kiko’s right elbow backing up the aforementioned Mr Bosco. Muito legal!
The amazing Mark Guiliana is doing a clinic at Bell Percussion on the 31st of May. Go get a ticket, there’s not that many of them and I’ve got mine. Can’t imagine anything better you could do with a tenner. www.bellperc.com/products/mark-guiliana-clinic-tickets-31-05-17
This is the perfect opportunity to do one of those compilation type posts where I list a bunch of interesting things that have come to my awareness. Mark Kelso Recently I watched Adam Hay’s interview of a drummer named Mark Kelso, a very interesting bloke I never heard of. Suddenly Mark Kelso is all over the place. He’s has fantastic technique and great feel. His DVD is due out and the title alone makes me want to check it out… Read More »It’s Half Way Through January And I haven’t Blogged Anything In Yonks
Silly post. Was looking for Ed Soph videos on YouTube, he’s an amazing drummer and educator, his videos on YouTube and his DVD are presented with beautiful clarity and light humour. Well, Ed is just as lucid and articulate speaking against fracking in what I assume must be his local area. Nice one. Anyway, some of us clearly have other stuff we can do besides drumming. That’s encouraging.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to watch Ralph Salmins playing a jazz set with The Anthony Kerr Trio at the Royal College Of Music’s Percussion Festival which takes place annually at the end of June. Any drummer or percussionist would be insane to miss this amazing event which included clinics by Ralph and Jojo Mayer, percussion workshops, performances by classical percussionists and drum corps and a big band show with the college’s student band with Jojo playing… Read More »Short Clip of Ralph Salmins With The Anthony Kerr Trio
I just came across this YouTube video advertising a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for a documentary about the amazing Oded Kafri. Oded is a solo drum kit musician who mostly performs as a busker on the streets of cities around the world. I’m acquainted with Oded since I met him rehearsing and experimenting with new material at Mill Hill Music Complex. I enjoyed watching him work and experiencing his eclectic approach. Oded has unlimited curiosity about different music styles… Read More »Oded Kafri: Drum Machine
Since I just wrote a review of Jojo’s DVD about feet, I thought I should do a bit about some DVDs I know which are all about the music and don’t waste much time on technique. These are videos that any drummer would hugely enjoy and benefit from. You should get them all. Levon Helm – Classic Rock, Country & Blues Drumming One of my absolutely favourite videos is by one of my absolutely favourite drummers, Levon Helm. Levon Helm… Read More »Drumming DVDs About Musicianship Not Chops
I really enjoyed the recent post on Steve Goold’s blog with “drum cam” footage from a recent performance and thought I’d post a few videos showing drummers at work including one of myself, for good measure. There’s a huge amount of indulgent stuff being shown by drummers in their practice rooms, and it’s great fun to watch but to see our colleagues working up close during a live performance is something else. The following videos all show drummers of a… Read More »Videos of Drummers In Action
I had a great time last Sunday attending a clinic with top-notch New Orleans drummer, Stanton Moore, at Bell Percussion in Acton. The event was organised by fellow Edgwareian and hub of the drum community, Mike Dolbear of www.mikedolbear.com. I admit I was feeling a little apprehensive about seeing Stanton since I became a bit “Stantoned out” with his Street Beats DVD and Groove Alchemy Book and DVD. It started to feel like he was popping up everywhere I looked,… Read More »Stanton Moore Clinic at Bell Percussion
The Royal College of Music Festival of Percussion takes place in London on the 6th of July. I attended last year’s event where I got to see the amazing John Riley, a clinic with Geoff Dugmore, a jazz trio, some classical percussionists, Nick Mason and a big band. It was a brilliant day out which I wrote about here and here. This year’s festival features the super-competent Gavin Harrison who has many notes to play, I imagine. It also features… Read More »Royal College Of Music Festival Of Percussion – With Gavin Harrison