There is an overabundance of choice out there when it comes to new music. That makes things tough when you are trying to find music of substance, that rewards each subsequent listen. We started the grooveKSQ Spotify playlist to highlight some historic performances that every percussionist should know about, and hopefully you discover something brand new to you that you love….
In building a new percussion set up for a groove program to be named later, I asked cymbalsmith Nicky Moon to make some cup chimes for me. We corresponded a bit about what I wanted them to do, and Nicky NAILED it. This was the first time I have ever hired a custom shop to do something like this and was very pleasantly surprised. You can learn more about his artistry here: https://www.nickymoon.com/
**NOTE I have NOT been paid to post this, I paid for the chimes arms-length and am sharing what I learned with you, because that's what teachers do!**
A quick sit down interview with master banjoist Mark Unruh about the instrument and his inspiration. You can attend a LIVE masterclass with Mark at grooveKSQ on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 7pm.
It’s never been easy for me to stand still.
So over the years, vacations have turned into time that I can spend planning.
When I was looking at the waves this week, I spent some time reflecting on the fact that grooveKSQ started in earnest around this time last year. The time has gone very quickly.
While groove’s first birthday isn’t really until November 1, when we opened our doors, I can now look back on the development of the business and see new opportunities for programming in 2019 and 2020.
Another series of grooveLIVE streams featuring great acoustic musicians from the area.
More private lessons.
More public performance events for students.
More partnerships with the Kennett Community and beyond.
MUCH more content creation.
In other words, there’s much more to do.
If you love music, and live performance, and want high quality experiences, come along with me for the ride.
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Sponsor a live event or live stream.
There are a lot of ways to become part of the groove community.
I hope to hear from you soon.
There has been a lot written about the positive academic benefits of studying music. The pursuit of mastering a musical instrument is a journey of self-discovery and personal development. However, the simplest reason is that making music with other musicians is FUN.
Check out this recent video from a recording session I did last week. The band and I got a good take of a big band tune - the “keeper” take - and went into the control room to listen to it to make sure. Playing well live is one thing. Capturing that live performance on record in a way that communicates to a listener is another matter entirely.
One of the things we enjoy doing here at groove is turning young drummers into GREAT drummers and GREAT musicians.
One of the other things we really dig is spotlighting new or unusual instruments that you don't often get to see, like today.
The good people at Woodland Percussion were nice enough to loan us a 20" x 14" gong drum to review, and it was a BLAST to play. For more information about Woodland Percussion, click here.
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