Caught in The Act
On The Road With SJC Visiting Schools
SJC was a proud sponsor of the 2015 AP Tour and followed the entire tour in support of all the drummers--Foley from As It Is, Brian from Real Friends, and Jake from Mayday Parade. According to Mike Ciprari, company co-founder, SJC put just over 10,000 miles on their bus visiting over 25 cities, and speaking at over a dozen School of Rock locations, universities, high schools, and performing arts schools, where they got to tell the company story and demonstrate the drums.
Mike says, "Our best memories from the tour were definitely meeting all the SJC drummers out there, new and old, and making new friends with fellow drummers at the shows. Speaking at the schools and meeting young inspired musicians was definitely a major highlight as well. We'd speak about business, the music industry, manufacturing drums, and their aspirations as a musician. Definitely a humbling and inspiring thing to meet and speak to so many hungry musicians!"
Mike Ciprari indoctrinates young minds into the SJC way.
Caught In The Act: Gil Sharone Kills With Marilyn Manson
Artist: Gil Sharone
Where: Santa Ana, California
Venue: The Observatory
Gil Sharone, DRUM! columnist and fierce stickman, is on tour with Marilyn Manson. Robert Downs, whose shots grace our covers frequently (such as the current shot of Richard Danielson with Vintage Trouble), was on hand October 20, 2015 to grab us these smoky images. Well done, RD.
Caught In The Act: Elijah Wood
Artist: Elijah Wood
Where: San Jose, CA
Venue: SAP Arena
Gear: Gretsch, TRX, Remo, Ahead, Gibraltar
Elijah Wood is leading a charmed life, playing on big stages across the globe at an age when most kids are still hoping to get into college. He started learning drums early, with the musical support of his dad Mark , who was a founding violinist in Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Elijah started playing drums early and by age 14 was performing with EYS (Electrify Your Strings), a youth group started by his father. A couple of years later he became the drummer for America's Got Talent (Season 9) at Radio City Music Hall. Not long after that he joined the AGT Live! Group at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. And, along the way he also became a member of Orkeystra, with Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater.
Earlier this year a recommendation from a friend landed him the drum chair in Shania Twain's comeback tour, playing before packed arenas across North America. We visited Elijah backstage when he played in San Jose, and checked out his cool Gretsch stage setup. He sits high in the air, surrounded by high-voltage electronic fireworks that look like they might incinerate the drummer at any second. But don't worry. He's leading a charmed life. [Ed. Note: Elijah appears in an upcoming issue of DRUM! Magazine.]
KoSA China Brings Music Education Overseas
KoSA China proved to be a successful, sixth annual musical event made specifically for drum and percussion enthusiasts. Produced in collaboration with China's 9 Beats Music Education Schools, a nation-wide effort involving 400 school locations throughout China, the event featured internationally renowned drummer and percussionist Aldo Mazza, who taught and performed in front of 600 Chinese drum enthusiasts alongside an international faculty of drum teachers.
Mazza is the Canada-based founder and artistic director of KoSA Music, with his wife Dr. Jolán Kovács. KoSA Music has a 20-year track record of producing high-level music camps, workshops and festivals worldwide.
The 2015 event kicked off by leaving the port city of Tianjin, China on a luxury cruise ship heading straight to Japan. Throughout the week, drumset classes were given on the ship to eager, school-aged participants. An important ingredient to the success of the 9-Beats School System is the very important teacher training seminars. These teachers were taught by this year’s faculty: Rick Latham (U.S), Pete Lockett (U.K), Izumi Koga (Japan), Dom Famularo (U.S), Chris Trzcinski (U.S), Nicholas McBride (Australia) Sam Debell (U.K) An Yu “Ryan” (China), Han Bingchen (China), and Canadian drummer Aldo Mazza.
Plans are already underway for next year’s event in China (August 2016) with a possibly bigger collaboration with the 9 Beats school directed by Mr. Li Hongyu.
Everything You Want To Know About Drum Videos
Invited by Iran’s leading drum school and online community center, sixteen-year old drummer Antoine Fadavi recently traveled to Tehran, Iran where he presented a workshop entitled “Everything You Want To Know About Drum Videos”. During the four-hour seminar Antoine discussed pre-production, production and post-production as well as how to post and promote drum videos, answered questions from the dozens of drummers in attendance.
“ ‘Everything You Want To Know About Drum Videos’ was one of an ongoing series of events presented by Iranian-Drummer.com,” says Iranian Drummer’s founder and president, Alireza Tabatabaei. “The goal of the workshop was to help Iranian drummers learn about making drum videos— a popular and increasingly important aspect of modern drumming— while encouraging them to share their drumming on YouTube and other social media.”
“I love to travel and, since part of my family is Persian, it was natural for me to want to visit Iran,” Antoine explains. “I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are so many good drummers in Iran. While the players and teachers there are somewhat limited in terms of access to drum equipment and drumming influences compared to other parts of the world, they have a wonderful attitude, a ton of support from the local drumming community and, of course, they have YouTube.”
One highlight of the hands-on clinic was the production of a video featuring well-known Iranian drummer Ashoor Moradian. Using the students as the crew, and shot using GoPro cameras exclusively, the video was filmed and edited as part of the class and then uploaded to the Iranian-drummer.com YouTube channel.