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#VICFIRTH #VF15 – 15 Second Video #2

May, 8 2014

As mentioned in my previous post, my friends at Vic Firth have started a new social media craze called #VF15 where artists send in a 15 second video of a performance.  Vic Firth posts these videos on their facebook page and on their Instagram page.   They recently asked me to send in some videos and I will be posting them here as I go.

Here is the 2nd video I sent in to VF.  This is a groove from my recent book entitled “Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion”.  You can find this groove in the drumset section of the book under the New Orleans Bell Patterns section.  It mixes a NOLA bell pattern on the right hand while playing a maracatu groove in the bass drum.

 

 

#VICFIRTH #VF15 – 15 Second Video #1

May, 8 2014

My friends at Vic Firth have started a new social media craze called #VF15 where artists send in a 15 second video of a performance.  Vic Firth posts these videos on their facebook page and on their Instagram page.   They recently asked me to send in some videos and I will be posting them here as I go.  Below is the first video I sent in.

The stinking pattern for the groove that I’m playing is:  LLRL-RLRL-lRRLL-RLRR.  The left hand stays on the tom while the right hand alternates between the cowbell, snare and floor tom.

Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to jump over to Vic Firth’s instagram to see all of the other great artists #VF15 videos!

 

 

 

 

 

National Endowment for The Arts Feature

Apr, 17 2014

NEA

 

I feel very honored to be featured on the NEA’s website.  As many of you know, last August I co-produced an epic tour along with some very close friends called A Tale of Two Nations which featured my band Nation Beat along with 13 members of Maracatu Estrela Brilhante from Recife, Brazil.  This was a dream project that had been dancing around my head for the past 13 years!  We had 22 people on the road and 18 musicians and dancers on stage.  For many concert goers, it was the very first time they had ever seen maracatu.  For some concert goers, tears were their expression of joy as we paraded through the crowds.  There are no words that could possibly explain how exciting this tour was.  However, the NEA has written an overview that does a very good job at summing up the tour and some of our experiences.

Click here to read the NEA overview of A Tale of Two Nations tour.