Hit Like A Girl Announces Drum Festivals On East And West Coasts
Los Angeles event scheduled for February 6 and New York for February 13, 2016.
Emmanuelle Caplette is one of the stars at the west coast event on February 6
The organizers of the Hit Like A Girl female drumming contest, in conjunction with Swing House Studios and New York University (NYU), are proud to announce two exciting drum events scheduled to take place in Los Angeles and New York the first two weekends in February.
The first festival, taking place on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 1:00 to 7:00 PM at Swing House Studios (3229 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039) in Los Angeles, features clinics and performances by Kim Thompson (formerly Beyoncé/Late Night with Seth Meyers), Gina Schock (The Go-Go’s) and the Los Angeles debut of artist/educator Emmanuelle Caplette (pictured). Also on the bill are a panel discussion moderated by Kiran Gandhi (MIA) with Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Val Sepulveda (Heather Russell) and Venzella Joy (Beyoncé) and an appearance by an all-girl, all-star band from the Los Angeles area School Of Rock music schools. Sponsors include DW, Gretsch, Sonor, Zildjian, Sabian, Paiste, TRX, Evans, Promark, Vic Firth, Swing House, Musician’s Institute, School Of Rock and Hit Like A Girl. In addition, the Los Angeles event will offer hands-on demonstrations of the latest drum gear from Mapex and NFUZD. The final concert of the day will be filmed to air later on YouTube and The Enter Music Network courtesy of DrumChannel.com.
The second Hit Like A Girl Drum Festival will occur in conjunction with NYU’s “Day Of Percussion” on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at the Frederick Loewe Theatre (35 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012) in New York. Featuring a variety of educational clinics and performances from NYU and KoSA guests, Hit Like A Girl supported activities for the east coast festival include appearances by Cherisse Osei (Bryan Ferry), 2015 Hit Like A Girl Champion Lindsay Artkop and an all-girl, all-star band from the New York City area School Of Rock music schools. Sponsors are BeyerDynamic Microphones, Cooperman, Gator, Gibraltar, Kickport, Latin Percussion, Ludwig/Musser, Mapex, Majestic Marimbas, MalletKat, Mike Balter, Norsk Musik, Prentice Practice Pads, Promark, Sabian, Tama, Zildjian, Evans, Remo, Vic Firth, School Of Rock, NYU, KoSA and Hit Like A Girl.
The Hit Like A Girl Drum Festivals are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com.
Now in its 5th year, since the Hit Like A Girl Contest was started by DRUM!, Tom Tom and TRX to promote female drummers of all ages. Since it began there have been more than 1,600 entrants from 45 countries generating more than 8,000,000 web impressions. Previous sponsors have included D’Addario, DRUM!, Drum Workshop, Mapex, Yamaha and Zildjian as well as many other leading drum, percussion, hardware, electronics and media companies. Hit Like A Girl’s 2016 co-spokespersons are Anika Nilles and Hannah Welton.
Cympad Launches Redesigned Website
Cympad's new and improved website is now online at www.cympad.com. The enhanced platform features pictures and descriptions of Cympad's Optimizer, Chromatic and Moderator cellular foam cymbal washers as well as up-to-the-minute news about the popular drum accessories and its artist roster. Along with this extensive information, a comprehensive list of International Cympad dealers and distributors is also available on the site.
"We wanted to make it easier for drummers and dealers to discover the benefits of Cympads," explains Cympad founder, Reto Hirschi. "The updated website has lots of photos, simplified text, a world-class artist roster and direct links to our top dealers all over the world. It's designed to support Cympad's position as the new industry standard."
To learn more about Cympad please visit your local drumshop or www.cympad.com.
Cympad Expands Artist Roster
Cympad is proud to announce the addition of several of the world's most famous and influential drummers to its all-star Artist Roster. Joining the list of current Cympad endorsers that includes Matt Greiner, Thomas Lang, Stanton Moore, Rich Redmond, Antonio Sanchez, Steve Smith, Aaron Spears and many more are:
Emmanuelle Caplette (independent)
Chris Coleman (Israel Houghton, Chaka Khan)
Keith McJimson (Ariana Grande)
Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil Amaluna)
Anika Nilles (independent)
Stanley Randolph (Stevie Wonder)
Elijah Wood (Shania Twain)
To learn more about Cympad please visit your local drumshop or www.cympad.com.
LP Music Takes Bite Of Big Apple
More than 50 years after it was founded in New York City, Latin Percussion (LP) returns to its birthplace with the opening of brand new offices and showroom located in the heart of Times Square, it was announced today by its parent company, Drum Workshop, Inc. LP’s New York offices will feature a wide variety of LP instruments as well as product from other DW brands including Gretsch drums, DW Drums, Gibraltar Hardware and Ovation Guitars. LP’s Garfield New Jersey office will close its doors, while manufacturing of LP’s legacy American-made products including the patented Black Beauty Cowbell® will remain in the Garden State. In addition, LP will establish a West Coast presence for the brand with the addition of executive and artist relations staff at its Oxnard, California headquarters.
“LP’s heritage is deeply rooted in the soul of New York City,” explains Terry Tlatelpa-Lopez, LP Artist Relations East. “The Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms and the sounds of the city’s streets are the foundation of this company. Moving back to NYC feels like going home.”
Anticipated to open in mid-February, the new LP showroom is located in the historic music district on 48th street as DW President and CEO Chris Lombardi describes, “When I was a kid, we sold to Manny’s Music and Sam Ash on 48th street. These iconic stores have moved out of the area, so it feels good to bring the music back; I even noticed the original store signs are still there! We’re thrilled and honored to be bringing LP back to NYC.”
The new showroom will service LP artists by appointment and will be open to the public by contacting Jess Birch or Hayden Hawkins at Steve’s Maxwell’s New York retail shop at 212-730-8138.
Trivium Comments On Split With Drummer Mat Madiro
In a statement posted on Trivium's Facebook page, the band says: "We are writing this to let you all know that Trivium has amicably parted ways with Mat Madiro as our drummer. Paul Wandtke, who previously drummed for the hit musical "Rock Of Ages" and sat behind the kit for Kill Hannah during the band's main-support run with The Smashing Pumpkins, made his live debut with Trivium at this past weekend's Knotfest in Mexico.
"Mat stepped up for us at a dire moment where it was either leave a tour, or carry on. With Mat, we will forever be eternally grateful of everything he helped us out with. Mat's time filling in for us was much appreciated. Creatively though, we felt at this time we needed to make a change. And every change, every difficult decision and every evolution that Trivium has either decided, or been forced to make has been for the necessary for us to continue on as a functioning band."
"The things that go on behind the scenes that directly involve the Trivium members aren't always apparent from an outside fan's perspective. With that said, our new drummer is Paul Wandtke from Chicago, Illinois. With Paul, we took our careful time deciding exactly what had to happen and how. We spent our time checking out, trying out and feeling out many drummers this time around. After much deliberation, Paolo [Gregoletto, bass] said to Matt [Heafy, guitar/vocals] one day, 'You should hit up John Petrucci [Dream Theater] and see if he has an ideas.' We figured our friend John may have some ideas from the Berklee world. John brought Mike Mangini into the conversation and within minutes of describing our conundrum to Mike, he had a name: Paul Wandkte. Paul studied under Mike at Berklee, and obviously made an impression on a man we consider to be one of the greatest drummers on the planet."
"Paul made his debut with us in thunderous fashion this past weekend by playing to 40,000 fans at Knotfest Mexico. And he nailed it. We hope to work with Paul for a long time and we hope the TRIVIUM fans around the world welcome him with open arms."
Added Paul in statement: "I was blown away when Trivium had contacted me. I have been looking for a place to call home all my life, a home of brothers with similar tastes in music, musicianship and goals. I'd like to thank Dream Theater's Mike Mangini for getting us in contact. I couldn't be happier, this is literally life-changing. Never give up, be yourself and rock on."Trivium in May 2014 parted ways with drummer Nick Augusto due to personal differences.