Regina Drum Festival 2016
The 2016 Regina Drum Festival is very excited to celebrate year 5 as a world class, international drum event . As the first four years and the 2015 Education Series have proven, Regina is on the global music map as a definite place for music and drumming inspiration and motivation.
As with past years, the 2016 line up extends to players from across the world and a variety of musical styles and backgrounds.
First off from London, England, we have the legendary Dave Mattacks ( Paul McCartney, Elton John, Jimmy Page, Fairport Convention) talking about what it takes to work with legendary artists and what they need from a drummer. We are also very excited to have the one and only Chris Coleman (Prince, Chaka Khan, Israel and The New Breed) from Los Angeles, California. Chris will be talking about what it takes to stay busy in the music industry in 2016 and working with many top artists.
Also from Winnipeg, Manitoba we have metal giant AARON EDGAR ( Third Ion, Drumeo, Modern Drummer Magazine). Aaron will educate on releasing yourself to be the most creative player you can be as well as many current metal drumming techniques. Rounding out the event is Regina’s own Jayson Brinkworth (Aaron Pritchett, Studio, Modern Drummer Education Team). Jayson will be performing with JJ Voss ( guitar, vocals) and Brian Kelly ( bass guitar and vocals). He will discuss the importance of dynamics, listening and overall communication and trust when playing with other musicians.
We are also very excited to have drum builder Ronn Dunnett on hand to talk about Dunnett Classic Drums and the George Way drum company.
Along with the festival education events, there will also be a tradeshow taking place . You can visit booths from Long and McQuade Music, SaskMusic, Epek Drums, Stickman Drum Experience and more.
This is so much more than just a drumming event, it is a chance for music fans to get a glimpse into music history, hear amazing stories, enjoy some great performances and more.
Tickets for the event are available at Long and McQuade Music Regina and online at http://www.ticketedge.ca
Ticket prices are $30 in advance and $50 at the door.
All information can be found at - http://www.jaysonbrinkworth.com/2016-international-regina-drum-festival/
SJC Welcomes Frank Zummo
SJC Custom Drums is excited and proud to announce the addition of Frank Zummo to the SJC family. "I've been a huge fan of Frank's drumming career for a long time;' Mike Ciprari - Co-Founder of SJC Drums says, "and it's an honor to finally welcome him into the family:' Frank has an impressive drumming and musical career, recently recording a brand new record "13 Voices" and touring the world with Sum 41. Frank also tours with EDM duo Krewella, and percussion group Street Drum Corps.
SJC Drums and Frank are building quite the custom kit together - they have teamed up with Shepard Fairey, American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY. "As if it couldn't get any better working with Frank, I've dreamed of doing a drum kit with Shepard's artwork on it since I was a kid" says Mike. The drum kit will contain original art design from Shepard's art piece "Rise Above:' "The world has been a crazy place these days and I wanted to make a statement piece kit, because I speak through my art and drumming and I called Shepard and he was on board" says Frank. He continues, "SJC has amazing and next level technology to bring the art pieces to life on the kit. It's been amazing to work with a company that knows how to push boundaries and create special art kits and also amazing sounding drums:'
Frank will take the kit on a worldwide tour with Sum 41 starting October 5 at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL that will go well into the new year. SJC Drums will also be displaying this one of a kind drum set at their Winter NAMM booth at the Anaheim Convention Center in January 2017. The drums will finally reside in the Hard Rock Las Vegas when his busy tour cycle wraps up. "This is something I'm really proud of and can't wait to take this kit on the road" says Frank. And SJC Drums is equally as proud and excited to be working with such great artists all around.
AMPLI.FI Hosting A Live Ineteractive DrumFest Competition
On Saturday, October 1st AMPLI.FI will host DrumFest, a live streaming, fully interactive drum competition for its ever-growing online music community. All drummers, novice and professional, are encouraged to live stream their music for a great cause!
Only the second ever of its kind (the first took place on AMPLI.FI in August) the competition will support Little Kids Rock, an extraordinary national nonprofit organization that provides free instruments and music education to kids in underserved public schools throughout the United States, with AMPLI.FIdonating $2 for every unique viewer of a #drumfest tagged stream. A ticker on the front page of the site will show viewership numbers and the total donated amount increase in real time!
Participating in AMPLI.FI's Drumfest is easy! You can either help spread the word by linking http://www.ampli.fi to your friends and family on social media and letting them know to watch drumming live streams, or you can live stream yourself drumming and have all of your friends, fans, and family watch you and the other drummers throughout the day to really support the cause! No matter how you get involved, even if you watched a live streaming drummer for a couple of minutes, you’ll know that you’ll be a part of a collective of people who are helping bring the power and magic of music into the lives of those young children who will benefit from it the most! You'll even get a Drumfest Participant badge next to your name in AMPLI.FI’s chat for your efforts!
Additionally, AMPLI.FI will be giving away a $500 gift certificate to online music instrument and pro audio site, Sweetwater.
To be a participating streamer in AMPLI.FI’s Drumfest, tag your AMPLI.FI channel with the hashtag #drumfest, and stream any time on October 1st, 2016. To learn how to stream to AMPLI.FI, visit http://www.ampli.fi/broadcast for instructions.
Lastly, between 3-4PM PT on October 1st, some special surprise guest drummers will be joining the festivities to help the cause.
For more details on DrumFest visit https://www.ampli.fi/charity.
KoSA Cuba One-Week Study Program and the Havana Drum Festival
KoSA is returning to the culturally important destination of Havana, Cuba for the 15th annual edition of KoSA Cuba; a week long Study Program within the Havana Fiesta Del Tambor. This year’s trip will take place on March 5 – 12, 2017.
KoSA Cuba is an experience like no other. In a thrilling one-week program, intrepid music explorers will experience intensely fulfilling days of hands-on classes, workshops, concerts, lectures, cultural visits and the exciting activities of the Havana’s Fiesta Del Tambor ( Havana Rhythm and Dance festival ). Conga, bongo, timbales, bata, drumset and other instruments will be studied as participants are immersed in Cuban rhythms, music and culture. All instruments are provided, and and participants will be studying, working and playing with Cuba’s top international artists. The capital city of Havana is scenic, historical and renowned for the richness of its Cuban Culture, folklore and music. An incredible variety and depth of knowledge has been passed through the generations, maintaining centuries old African-based traditions. Havana is also the cultural Mecca of the Caribbean and a hotbed of new and contemporary creative music. All of this—and more—will be featured during The Fiesta del Tambor, a growing national percussion competition with associated clinics and concerts. The KoSA Cuba experience includes active participation in all these activities, and participants will learn and play along side their Cuban contemporaries. Each evening will feature electrifying concerts in Havana’s classic theatres and featuring Cuba’s top artists in music and dance.
This year, KoSA Cuba’s faculty will include Cuba’s most recognized artists, including Giraldo Piloto and his band Klimax, Julio Lopez Sanchez, Jean Roberto San Cristobal, Panga, Enrique Pla, Yaroldy Abreu, Adel Gonzalez and special guests. Seminars in the history and development of Cuban music will be led by respected ethnomusicologist Dr. Olavo Rodriguez .The entire workshop experience will be facilitated by international recognized artist, Aldo Mazza.
Evans Release Exclusive Calf-Tone Press Kit
Evans went all out in an effort to launch the new Evans '56 Calftone line. Two boxes arrived in our offices looking like extremely thick pieces, but with the Evans logo on them. Inside we were more than a little surprised to find the following:
- Evans Calftone Sticks
- A 22" bass drum head in Evans Calftone
- A tan leather-wrapped flask
- A "vintage" t-shirt
- A beanie with the words "No pomade, no worries" on the box
- A vintage Army surplus style stickbag.
They also included a letter on what looked like yellowed parchment detailing the Evans '56 Calftone. Of course what is neat is that the heads are getting great preliminary reviews. Look for a full test in DRUM! Magazine shortly.