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KoSA China 2014: Celebrating a five year successful collaboration!

Montreal, August 31, 2014 – Internationally regarded drum and percussion artist Aldo Mazza, just returned from a very successful trip to Tianjin, China where he had the exceptional opportunity to teach and perform in front of several hundred eager drum enthusiasts joining in an international faculty.

Aldo Mazza is the Artistic Director of KoSA Music, a successful music he co-founded with Dr. Jolán Kovács,  spouse and life partner.  This is Mazza's fifth annual trip to KoSA China for this event.  KoSA China is produced in close collaboration with 9 Beats Music Education Schools, directed and founded by Mr. Li Hongyu.  9 Beats has 200 school locations throughout China.

The 2014 event kicked off with the band competition for kids of all ages studying at  9 Beats.  Mazza was a member of the judging panel alongside fellow percussion and drum set artists including:  Lucas Van Merwijk (Holland) Alexandre Cunha (Brazil), Chris Trzcinski (China), Rick Latham (USA), Nicholas McBride (Australia) and Dom Famularo (USA). The panel had the difficult task of selecting the best band from an array of talented and energetic performers!

Following the competition, The week kicked-off with an electric performance by the highly energetic percussion group from Holland, Drums United. A jam packed schedule of classes and back-to-back teacher training seminars were given by the stellar faculty.  Aldo Mazza gave an engaging seminar to 9 Beats teachers, focusing on traditional Cuban rhythms and their application on the drum set.   Other classes concentrated on teaching 9 Beats students from all over China (a total of 400 participants this year) to study drum set and percussion.  Additional classes were given by Greg Irwin (USA) who wowed the students with his incredible finger exercise techniques.  Rick Latham (USA) offered an in-depth presentation to the teachers on funk drumming. Rock drummer Mike Terrana gave some highly musical and technical concerts and masterclasses. Conga legend, Raul Rekow (Santana) gave classes and a performances on Latin music, rhythms and techniques. Other classes and performances were given by equally extraordinary artists such as: Simone Sou, Alexandre Cunha, Mousse Mbaye, Sam Debell, Isumi, Chris Trzinski, Dom Famularo and many well known Chinese artists.

The week ended for all with the Grand Finale Faculty Concert, lead by Aldo Mazza. The concert featured Drums United, motivational drummer Dom FamularoWilson Zhand, Drums United, Alexandre Cunha

 Plans are already underway for next year’s event in China to take place in August 2015.  Please visit kosamusic.com to keep current with ongoing program development world wide.



庆祝成功合作五年
 蒙特利尔,2014831国际公认打击乐艺术家Aldo Mazza圆满完成中国天津之行返回蒙特利尔。在天津一国际学院非常难得的机会, Mazza在几百鼓爱好者面前演奏和教授打击乐。
 Aldo MazzaKoSA Music艺术总监,和其夫人Dr. Jolán Kovács共同建立了KoSA Music。此行是Mazza第五次中国KoSA年度之旅。中国KoSA的建立是为了加强与九拍音乐教育学校的合作,此学校是由李红育先生创立和经营的,已在中国拥有200多家学校。
2014项目为正在九拍学习的所有年龄段孩子的吹奏乐大赛正式拉开序幕。Mazza是此次大赛评委会委员,其他打击乐艺术家评委包括:Lucas Van Merwijk (荷兰Alexandre Cunha (巴西), Chris Trzcinski(中国), Rick Latham (美国), Nicholas McBride (澳大利亚) and Dom Famularo (美国). 参加大赛的所有乐队都才华横溢,活力四射,评委会不得不非常艰难地从中评出最佳乐队。
在比赛的开幕周里,一支来自荷兰的活力四射的打击乐队Drums United带来了精彩绝伦的表演。明星教师提供了一系列非常紧凑的课程及教师培训研讨班。 同时,Mazza与九拍的教师开展了研讨会,侧重讨论了传统的韵律在鼓乐中的应用。其它课程则集中教授全国各地(今年共有400名参与者)的九拍学员学习打击乐,还附加了让学生们叫绝的美国Greg Irwin的指法练习技巧。此外,美国Rick Latham为老师们深入介绍了放克鼓。摇滚鼓手 Mike Terrana 举办了一系列音乐性和技术性的音乐会和大师班。 康加鼓大师Raul RekowSantana在拉丁音乐、韵律和技巧上提供了课程和表演。其他同样杰出的艺术家及很多知名中国艺术家也提供了课程和表演,如:Simone Sou, Alexandre Cunha, Mousse Mbaye, Sam Debell, Isumi, Chris Trzinski, Dom Famularo。
最后一周的压轴音乐会由Aldo Mazza主持,Drums United乐队为主导,包括激进鼓手Dom FamularoWilson ZhandAlexandre Cunha
 
20158月的中国项目计划已经展开,请访问kosamusic.com 关注世界范围的项目发展。

KoSA 2014 Wraps Up!

19th Annual KoSA Drum & Percussion Camp Delivers
Clear and Straightforward Sentiment:

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Castleton, Vermont, USA – The 19th Annual KoSA International Percussion Workshop, Drum Camp and Festival celebrated another memorable week of intensive learning, living and playing with internationally celebrated masters of drums & percussion. Held in the serene Green Mountains of Vermont in late July, KoSA Co-Founders and Directors, Aldo Mazza and Dr. Jolán Kovács relayed a simple message to all attendees with this year’s theme: “I just wanna drum!” The heartfelt and straightforward sentiment expressed to all the urgency to pursue what makes you happy in life and to pursue it to the highest levels of excellence.

“Fulfill your lifelong dream and drum! You will have no regrets and will ultimately will live a happier and more productive life!” Mazza and Kovács advised.

For several days, this is just what the participants did at KoSA 19, morning, noon and night. Regardless of the wide-ranging ages (from as young as 8 to experienced players of 70 years and more), attendees bonded quickly and became supportive members of the KoSA family...each bringing their personal experience from home towns from Nashville, Tennessee to the drumming passions of Montreal, Quebec and even from Milan, Italy to name but a few places participants traveled from. Despite international and geographical differences, KoSA participants all united within a common passion: and this was bountifully expressed throughout the unforgettable week.

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Brian Jones, a first-time attendee from New York City, was clearly blown away from his experience as he stated:

“I now have a clear understanding why both Faculty and students [seek to] return every year. The level of instruction surpassed anything I was expecting.”

John Swiess from Illinois—who attended KoSA for the first time as well thanks to the generosity of his wife’s Christmas gift claimed:

“I will never be the same. A life changing event.”

The love of the annual KoSA workshop is not only expressed by the participants but clearly by the Faculty as well! Marcus Santos, KoSA Faculty alumni fittingly summarized this year’s experience:

“KoSA is responsible for the best moments of my life in music and as a person”.

The nightly concerts of the KoSA Music Fesitval were streamed live again this year in collaboration with internet percussion favorite the Drum Channel (www.drumchannel.com). Approximately 20,000+ viewers from around the world witnessed the mind-blowing performances of KoSA’s stellar faculty which included: Robby Ameen (Dizzy Gillespie),Sergio Bellotti (Berklee College), Chris Coleman (Prince), Dominick Cuccia (Fife and Drum Corp Master), Mario DeCiutiis (KAT Electronics founder, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra), Frank Epstein (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Dom Famularo (drumming's Global Ambassador), Richie Gajate Garcia (Phil Collins), Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Jojo Mayer (NERVE), Aldo Mazza (Repercussion/KoSA Artistic Director & Founder), Allan Molnar (Nelly Furtado), John Riley (Miles Davis), Marcus Santos (Brazilian master/Berklee College Instructor, Grooversity Founder), Jeff Salisbury (University of Vermont, Author),and Michael Wimberly (NYC Percussionist & West African Drumming Master). The nightly performances also featured smoking hot performances from KoSA’s Master Rhythm Section: Irio O‘Farrill on bass, and Bob Quaranta on piano.

To hear, see and experience the awesome musicality, invention and creativity of these world class, internationally acclaimed percussionists within such an intimate setting was a joy to behold for both participants and members of the Southern Vermont community, who attended the evening festival concert series. New this year was an outdoor concert at Castleton State College's new Pavilion outdoor venue, attended by several hundred members of the surrounding community.

Continuing a long-standing tradition, KoSA awarded “Lifetime Achievement” awards this year to two very deserving members of KoSA's Artist Faculty: the immensely gifted KoSA Faculty alumnus Richie Gajate Garcia, as well as the intellectually intense, ever-inspiring Jojo Mayer, a first-time KoSA Faculty member, who was completely surprised to receive such an accolade. Two newly established awards, KoSA’s “Recognition Award“ were also presented to Jeff Salisbury and Sergio Bellotti in acknowledgement of their tireless efforts in promoting music education and for being dedicated ambassadors of the ongoing KoSA mission.

Finally, the annual KoSA Auction, was a huge success, due to the overwhelming generosity of participants who came away with wonderful, hand signed instruments to benefit KoSA Scholarship programs.

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The KoSA World is continuously in expansion with programs not only in USA (New York, Vermont, and Miami), but in Cuba ,Europe and in China. For more information on all things KoSA, visit us here often and at facebook.com/kosamusic

What is KoSA like?

Some comments from past KoSA International Percussion Workshops, Drum Camp and Festivals...

 

 

Cuba Video courtesy David Pye. Archival KoSA photos provided by Kip Ross, Lincoln Gagnon, Candido, PB Wilder, Aldo & Jolan Mazza and more...
KoSA 16 Faculty Group Photo conceived, lit and photographed by Kip Ross