Peter Erskine Snare Drum Giveaway
Here is your opportunity to own a Tama STAR Stave Ash 6x14" snare drum signed by drumming master Peter Erskine! The STAR TVA146S Stave Shell snare is an oiled Ash 6" x 14" that represents the finest in the stave approach to drum construction. Autographed by Peter Erskine, the lucky winner will receive a distinctive sounding, handcrafted snare that is sure to be a cherished addition to any snare drum collection. (Retail value - $1,647.04.)
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Peter Erskine/STAR Clinics Announced
Peter Erskine's collaborations includes a Who's Who of American music. Even as his rigorous recording and touring schedule continues unabated, Erskine dedicates time to share his knowledge and encourage younger players, most notably, in his in his role as professor of Jazz Studies at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.
Tama invites you to experience a rare chance to soak up this master's tips and techniques in person. This event, it is also an opportunity to hear, play, and fully experience STAR Drums, Tama's flagship drum series, for yourself.
Find clinic locations & dates HERE.
"STAR... The STAR sound. Tama STAR is a joy to play. They sing. They make me play differently: more relaxed and more exciting. Happier and more confident. STAR makes drumming fun. I feel like a kid again. These drums are that good."—Peter Erskine
Watch Peter Erskine play Tama drums here:
DRUM! Signs Hot New Columnists
When the editors of DRUM! Magazine changed the cover sales line from "Drumming For Fanatics" to "Play Better Faster" in 2014, the revision signified a first step of an overall repositioning for one of the world's most respected drumming magazines.
A Method Book Every Month
From its inception in 1991, DRUM! carved out a unique niche on the newsstand as the "rock drumming magazine," setting the magazine and its readers apart from general interest competitors. But as the media landscape changed, the editorial staff saw an opportunity to attract a new generation of readers who want to invest in their sound and skills.
"We decided to retool DRUM! in order to give it the educational value of a drumming method book, only at a much lower ticket price," says editor-in-chief Andy Doerschuk. "This was realized by adding more how-to articles, career tips, technique workshops, historical features, and lessons for drum kit and hand drums."
Now the editors of DRUM! are proud to welcome three new lesson columnists to complement its ongoing staff of expert monthly drum educators. These include:
Though she began posting YouTube performance videos in 2012, the German sensation's reputation spread like wildfire after she became one of three winners of the Hit Like A Girl contest in 2014. Since then, she differentiated herself from other Internet drum stars by performing her own material rather than posting drum play-along videos. Nilles developed her chops through lessons with Claus Hessler, Udo Dahmen, and Jost Nickel, and developed her musicianship while earning a degree in Pop Music Design from the University of Popular Music and Music Business in Mannheim, Germany. Nilles' monthly column in DRUM! specializes in subdivisions.
After attending the University of Miami, Frost School Of Music, Jonathan Joseph quickly established himself as a seasoned pro, working alongside such artists as Alexander O'Neal, Al Jarreau, Mike Stern, The Yellowjackets, Betty Wright, Beverly Knight, Bill Evans, David Sanborn, Josef Zawinul, Joss Stone, Pat Metheny, and Randy Brecker. Joseph became Jeff Beck's drummer of choice in 2013, touring the world and appearing on the guitar legend's Jeff Beck Live In Tokyo 2014 DVD and Jeff Beck Live + album. The two-time Grammy Award winner also published his drumming method book Exercises In African-American Funk in 2015, and will focus on fusion techniques and styles in his DRUM! column.
As the drummer with three-time Grammy winners Zac Brown Band — whose sound embraces everything from country and bluegrass to pop and world music — Chris Fryar is uniquely qualified to oversee DRUM!'s Groove column. Every month he teaches drummers how to find the appropriate pocket for a wide variety of beats that make the entire band feel good. His gig with ZBB is 24/7, although he has also performed with such artists as Oteil And The Peacemakers (led by bassist Oteil Burbridge of The Allman Brothers Band), Charles Neville, Victor Wooten, John Popper, Steve Bailey, David Hood, Robert Moore And The Wildcats, and Gravy.
Nilles, Joseph, and Fryar join DRUM!'s celebrated team of educational contributors who submit challenging lessons to the monthly Practice Pad department. These master drummers — Danny Gottlieb (Pat Metheny), Gil Sharone (Marilyn Manson), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Matt Byrne (Hatebreed), Taku Hirano (Fleetwood Mac), and Glen Caruba (Jimmy Buffett) — collectively helped crystalize DRUM!'s evolving educational focus.
Of Mystery And Beauty
Of Mystery and Beauty
Klaro (Drori Mondlak and Karolina Strassmayer)
It can be hard to review a disc when you like it this much. Objectivity starts to go out the window.
Saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer and drummer Drori Mondlak, who record under the moniker Klaro, have rolled up an impressive collection of tunes on Of Mystery And Beauty their third studio outing. The opening notes of "From Her Pale Blue Home" capture their spirit as Mondlak builds a rushing river of splashing toms, Strassmayer fishes for the melody, riding above the foaming torrents of sound below. At last the bass comes in and the tension resolves as the melody begins. Their music is informed by a serious sensibility. Even when it's playful and spirited, every note counts, giving equal attention to composition and nuance as well as improvisation and freedom.
The title cut features a beautifully simple bass motif over which saxophone and piano weave in and out. Mondlak finds the sweet spot on his cymbals and keeps up a soft but insistent pattern as the melody climbs and Strassmayer reaches higher levels of intensity. Her tone is rich and strong with a fullness to each note and clarity of articulation that recalls influences such as Coltrane. At their best her solos balance the right and left brain. They are wistful, meditative, and mystical, but also also inventive and technically fascinating./em>
Mondlak 's playing also has that ability to summon his influences but never copy them. The "Fanfare From Another World" is an aptly named tune that kicks off with a funky head and straight fours from Mondlak before jumping into perhaps the most spirited piano solo on the recording. Later in the recording the drummer solos alone on the tune "Cascades." Like the rest of the record it's tuneful and tasteful, with an extremely clear recording of toms and snare highlighting his thoughtful employment of the entire kit.
All the participants sparkle on this date. I'm knocked out by pianist Rainer Böhm's delicate responses to the melodies and other improvisers throughout the record. And bassist John Goldsby anchors it all down while while not shying from taking the group's reins when needed.
TracksL From Her Pale Blue Home; Of Mystery and Beauty; Postcard From a Quiet Place; Fanfare From Another World; Wandering; Gently Spoke The Mermaid; Four Us All; Of Space And Rest; Side To Side; Cascades; Still In Her Ears.
Chad Smith And Will Ferrell May Reunite For Future Battles?
It appears that Chad Smith and Will Ferrell are hooking up in another epic battle. In case you missed it, the pair who are often accused of looking alike, held a drum battle on the Tonight Show last year. Ferrell "won" thanks to some dubious tricks and an old Saturday Night live routine.
Now they're going behind the throne again, with even more in store. They'll be squaring off on April 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. According to our sources in the Chad Smith camp, you won't believe what he's got planned with Ferrell. You can support the cause they are raising money for and get some neat stuff yourself here.
John Blackwell Signs With Dixon Drums
Dixon Drums welcomes John Blackwell to the brand’s family of endorsees. Blackwell’s credits include industry legends such as Prince, D’Angelo and Patti Labelle, and he is known throughout the world as one of R&B’s greatest drummers.
“John Blackwell is an exciting addition to our artist roster,” Said Jim Uding, Dixon Brand Manager. “He’s contributed so much to the music of great musicians, inspiring drummers as a person and a player along the way.” We’re honored to have him join the Dixon family.”
Taught by his father at the age of 3, John Blackwell attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, leaving the school in 1995 to play with the acclaimed funk band, Cameo. After moving to Los Angeles he played with Patti Labelle and appeared on her Grammy Award Winning album Live! One Night Only. Blackwell also spent over a decade with Prince, joining his band The New Power Generation in 2000. John continues to perform with Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy and many others.
“Becoming a Dixon artist is a real honor for me,” Blackwell commented. “I love the sound and look of their kits, and they bring an element of renewal to what I do. That kind of inspiration is important and I found it in Dixon.”