Marimba 2010!

We embrace all things percussion here at Drummer Talk and that includes news of the upcoming Marimba 2010 marimba convention in Minneapolis this Spring.  From April 28-May 1, you can get your mallet on in the first marimba convention of its kind!

The Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference will be a once-in-a-lifetime event held April 28-May 1, 2010, that will bring together the most innovative marimba artists worldwide and the most distinguished musical organizations in the Twin Cities for the common purpose of celebrating the marimba around the globe. Marimba 2010 will provide an opportunity for the leading personalities of this instrument to join forces with each other and the local community to engage in an unprecedented event comprised of performance, education and celebration

The festival will present approximately 21 recitals and 3 round-table discussions at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, 8 concerts with the artistic partners at various locations in the Twin Cities including Orchestra Hall, SPCO Center, Southern Theater, Weisman Art Museum, Landmark Center, and St. Paul Cathedral, as well as several master classes in schools, community centers and/or churches that will reach a variety of students throughout the larger metropolitan area. At the core of Marimba 2010 will be the bringing together of diverse musical environments, cultures, and creative minds; the celebration of each of the partnering organizations involved in the festival; and the learning opportunities available to those in attendance from around the globe.  This event will create a unique forum for the mix of cultural influences that will merge dynamic art forms and foster cross-cultural understanding between participants, provide future benefits for each of the countries involved, and ultimately celebrate the marimba in a grand way!

For registration and more details head on over to www.marimba2010.org.  Check out this good public radio story on the event.

Joey Jordison Snaps Ankle – Shows Canceled

Source: getreading.co.uk

Im so goth, I fart darkness

Heavy metal band Slipknot have cancelled their appearance because drummer Joey Jordison has broken his ankle.

They were due to feature on Reading’s main stage on Sunday.

In a personal message to their fans the award-winning band said: “It is with huge regret and disappointment that we have been forced to cancel our imminent festival appearances at Leeds and Reading.

“The other night Joey Jordison broke his ankle and doctors have advised Joey to stay off his leg for four-six weeks to prevent further injury or permanent and more serious damage.

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MD 2008 Festival Lineup Finalized

Source: ModernDrummer.com

We’ve been following this for a while, but here is the final, official roster of artists for MD’s festival weekend to be held September 20 and 21 in NYC.

Will Calhoun
Living Colour
In 1988, Living Colour’s Will Calhoun exploded onto the world stage with a unique mix of power and finesse. Will’s continued to evolve in startling ways, and today he’s considered one of the most profound drummers alive.

Bill Stewart & Special Musical Guests
John Scofield/Pat Metheny

For two decades, Bill Stewart has been a wildly imaginative go-to drummer for today’s most successful jazz artists. And he’s a daring leader in his own right.

Billy Ward & His Trio

Joan Osborne/Robbie Robertson/Bill Champlin
Billy Ward is a world-renowned drummer of relentless creativity and purpose. He’s also one of the freshest, most incisive drumming scholars around.

Thomas Pridgen
The Mars Volta
Thomas Pridgen’s been winning drum-offs, endorsements, and scholarships since the second grade. And now he’s in the coolest, most advanced rock band of the age. Read more

MD Announces Lineup for 2008 Festival

A few weeks ago, we reported that MD’s Festival Weekend had gotten a date, and now it seems they’ve gotten the talent to ink to an appearance. According to MD, scheduled to appear so far are:

Simon Phillips & Protocol
Toto/The Who/Jeff Beck
A true giant of rock and fusion drumming, and a revered clinician, Simon Phillips has been enrapturing audiences with his ultra-precise chops for over thirty years.

Gavin Harrison
Porcupine Tree/King Crimson
Gavin Harrison’s head-turning neo-progressive drum work and popular advanced tutorials leave drumming fans enlightened-and amazed.

Todd Sucherman
Styx/Brian Wilson
There are over 6 billion people on this planet. Maybe a half a dozen of them posses the advanced drumming talents of Todd Sucherman.

Dafnis Prieto
Michel Camilo
Dafnis Prieto is one of jazz’s most intriguing drummer/leaders. His taste, technique, and tremendous musicality will leave Festival attendees awestruck.

Derek Roddy
Today Is The Day/Hate Eternal

It will be interesting to see where this goes. So far, Simon Phillips is the only real “A-List” drummer to have signed on.  For more info, check out MD’s full article.

Drummer Talk 06/22/2007 – Modern Drummer Festival 2006 DVD Review

We have a huge mega-show today as we discuss the Modern Drummer Festival 2006 DVDs – audio clips and sound bytes included! Also, we go over MD’s 25 Drum Gods issue and we have news from the FUTURE!