L.A. Percussion Rentals New Website
LAPR was founded in 2005 by Dan and Abby Savell, husband and wife professional percussionists.
At the Company’s 10th anniversary party, the husband and wife owners revealed their new, revamped website.
This redone website is “aiming to be more of a real resource for percussion and backline,” owner Abby Savell stated. At the core, everything is databased with alternate names, so instruments are easy to find; some are cross-referenced in multiple categories, if applicable. Over thirty new instruments with photos were added and lesser-known instruments have greater description.
Another notable function of the new LAPR website is the “Sound Search,” an interactive tool which is designed for those (such as composers or orchestrators) who have a particular sound in mind, but don’t know what the instrument is that they’re looking for; the “Sound Search” allows the user to select certain qualities of instruments by material, tonality, region, timbre, and sustain, and the results are real-time displayed.
In addition, many of the instruments – notably from renowned studio percussionist Emil Richards - have links to sound clips. Rather than simply provide solo instrument, “sample” style sound clips, the Company provides links to clips of some of the instruments in context, most from film recordings. “Many of these instruments sound different depending on what beaters are used or which area of the instrument is played on; even the musical style that’s used in the example can leave a narrow impression of the instrument. We wanted to avoid the pigeonholing of sample-style sound clips, and allow a multitude of examples which allow the user to hear different applications of each instrument in different styles, and sometimes with other instruments,” said owner Dan Savell.
LAPR plans on adding more instrument sound clips in the future, but as an ongoing, communal project. Composers who have used LAPR instruments on a project will be able to submit short sound clips to have posted as examples on
Raul Rekow 1954-2015
Raul Rekow, the conguero for Carlos Santana's band for more than three decades, died today of complications from cancer. Raul was 61.
Raul worked with Santana from 1976 to 2013 and was crucial to the sound of the band. His colorful rhythms and infectious enthusiasm for the music made a lasting impression on audiences around the world, and on other drummers.
The San Francisco-born Rekow was initially self-taught. He joined the band Malo, led by Carlos Santana's brother Jorge Santa in 1972. They had a huge hit with "Suavecito." After Malo he joined Sapo, another Latin-rock band, before getting asked to jam with Carlos in 1976. Soon after he was invited to join the band. There he learned from Santana veterans such as the legendary Armando Peraza and Orestes Vilato.
Anyone who has had a chance to see one of Raul's clinics with fellow Santana alumnus Karl Perazzo in recent years knows what a special drummer he is. Their clinics had the energy of big concerts. As the Lpmusic.com site puts it "When they perform together, the duo feeds off of each other's energy and talent, resulting in a kinetic performance. Their presentations have become immensely popular because of the combination of top-notch expertise and an easy going sense of humor."
Raul and Karl Performed at DRUM!'s DrumNight in 2012 with a performance so good you felt sorry for the performers who came after them. We've got video below.
Spirit Of New Orleans Camp Set For December
Grammy™ award-winning drumming superstar, author, and instructional DVD creator Stanton Moore (Galactic) hosts his 3rd Annual “Spirit of New Orleans” Drum Camp, December 11th – 13th, 2015 at Parlor Studios located at 605 Ninth St, New Orleans, LA 70115. Produced by MUSO Entertainment, this exclusive 3-day music camp celebrates the legacy and rich musical tradition that is uniquely New Orleans’. From Mardi Gras Indian and Second Line drumming -- to the evolution of Jazz and Funk -- students will enjoy three days of hands-on drumming, special guests including legendary New Orleans drummer Johnny Vidacovich as well as private lessons, live performances, and much more.
The exclusive “Spirit of New Orleans” Drum Camp will offer a limited number of students the chance to play with, and learn from superstar drummer Stanton Moore in an ultra-intensive classroom setting. Each student will play on an individual practice drum kit allowing for an incredibly intense, educational experience that guarantees results.
Stanton Moore is no stranger to DRU!M readers. He's a highly respected drummer and authority on New Orleans’ musical history who has toured the world as a performer and educator, garnering accolades for his superb drumming skills, clinics and for his wildly popular “Groove Alchemy” book and DVD. In addition, Moore has released a number of educational products celebrating New Orleans drumming styles including the book Take it to the Street, as well as his DVD series “A Modern Approach to New Orleans Drumming” and “A Traditional Approach to New Orleans Drumming,” as well as the comprehensive beginner-to-advance book and DVD project, Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. Moore is also the co-owner of Crescent Cymbals and regularly performs with Galactic as well as The Stanton Moore Trio and Dragon Smoke (featuring Ivan Neville), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Maceo Parker, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anders Osborne and many others.
Camp sponsors include Gretsch Drums, Crescent Cymbals, Latin Percussion, Vic Firth, Remo, DW, Puresound, Cympad, Roland, Tight Screw, Gator Cases and Audix Microphones.
Thomas Lang Boot Camp Hits LA Next Month
The next Thomas Lang Drum Boot Camp is coming up November 20-22 in Los Angeles, California. At this special weekend dive into drumming you will get eight hours of hardcore drumming workouts and personal instruction. Lang promises each drummer will leave the camp with 24 solid hours of drumming practice under his or her belt and years worth of ideas and inspiration. He works with drummers on foot and hand technique, practice skills, independence, applied rudiments, linear and non-linear coordination, timing, groove and feel exercises, tempo memorization exercises, soloing concepts and other topics.
For more information visit http://www.muso-mart.com.
Save Denmark Street Campaign Launched In London
A "Save The Tin Pan Alley" campaign has started in London, which aims to preserve the city's Denmark Street, the historic center of music retail in London. According to organizer Henry Scott-Irvine, notables such as Pete Townshend, Engelbert Humperdinck and others are helping to promote the cause.
Driving this campaign is the increasing development in London. A larger tube station and tall buildings nearby has raised the possibility of demolishing Denmark Place, St.Giles High Street, and others nearby. The Save The Tin Pan Alley group wants to create a heritage zone so that future developers must adhere to retail music store outlets on Denmark Streets.
Across England there are reports of efforts to save music venues and music related businesses as commercial rents skyrocket. Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, stepped in four years ago to save Foote's Music, a nearby store that has been around since 1920. See Nick discuss Foote's below.
[Ed. Note: We've seen similar things happen in the US, especially on New York's West 48th Street(and 46th and 47th), the legendary home of Manny's and other music shops, which today is a mere shadow of its former self. Could we ever have similar retail “heritage zones” in the US? Nah. That's too much to hope for.]
You can get more information on the campaign at http://savetpa.tk/about/