“My Girlfriend Bree is an ode to a beloved friend. It depicts the perks of a friendship with a lady who is more pain than sane. Who often puts you into uncomfortable and awkward situations of public embarrassment. But has a heart so big, one could write a song about it.”
Talking Drums is the multi-media project by Sergio Krakowski that brings a new form of expression for percussion players. After developing his own self-taught technique on the Pandeiro (brazilian tambourine) and after engaging himself into a successful international career as a Pandeiro player, Sergio decided to apply his math knowledge to allow percussion instruments to trigger videos, control effects and interact with the machine creating real dialogs between percussionist and computer.
Soon these tools will be available on the market in the format of a pedal to be used with any kind of percussion.
In the Talking Drums project, Sergio used the technology he developed in his PhD to actually make the drum speak. Behind this idea there is a strong artistic research on what is the limit between rhythm and spoken language that takes us to ancient times where the distance between these two things was smaller or inexistent.
Uruguayan candombe drummer, Daniel “Tatita” Marquez, brought his band with special guest Richie Flores on repique drum & Robby Ameen on drums to play Baghavad Gita & Night In Manhattan. These songs are featured on his album “Iniciacion”.
Percussionist ,Miguel Valdez, brought his group The N.Y. Cuban Boys Ft. José ”Pepito” Gomez on lead vocal to perform Rumbiando (A Una Mamita). This tune was not rehearsed, very organic and live for you to enjoy. Their second song performed is Puerto Padre, a tribute to cuban pianist Emiliano Salvador.
Percussionists Eliel Lazo & Marvin Diz, created this descarga called Talking on a tightrope.
Percussionist Eliel Lazo & Marvin Diz, Rubby Guzman on güira, and with Miguel Vargas on keys created this tune called How To Be Funky.
Angelo Rodriguez and members of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz group came together to perform a composition, Fuego Comprimido, by Mr. Mateo Amper. The Composition starts with a traditional dazonete and moves on to an astounding clarinet solo by Rob Hardt. From there the music features both Angelo Rodriguez and Joey De Leon. Both percussionists perform a percussion solo arranged by Joey De Leon. Welcome five of Los Angeles finest musicians and make up, Cali-Son.