KoSA Miami & SFCPA 2nd Annual Event: A Musical Blast!
January 16, 2015: The 2nd edition of the KoSA Miami/SFCPA weekend intensive workshop, a collaboration with the “South Florida Center for Percussive Arts” founded by Brandon Cruz, was a musical blast! Registrants participated in classes of Brazilian percussion, African drumming traditions on drum set, Cuban rhythms, as well as advanced snare drum techniques in the marching context. The well-attended, jam-packed schedule also included classes and performances on classical marimba.
Friday evening was dedicated to the welcome session, followed by masterclasses conducted by KoSA Co-founder and Artistic Director: Aldo Mazza, and renowned faculty members: Eriko Daimo, Bill Bachman, Marcus Santos and Terri Lyne Carrington.
Saturday began early with Marcus Santos giving hands-on classes concentrating on the “Maracatu” rhythm of northeast Brazil. Marcus gave a great history lesson around the music and special playing techniques. Aldo Mazza followed with a hands-on West African class on djembes and dun duns covering several traditional rhythms. Participants explored various approaches to perform these traditional rhythms on drumset. Aldo explained the importance of learning the tradition first, and then adapting the learned language to the drumset so as to “speak” musically and with the right cultural context. Participants worked on several pieces to perform publicly at the close of the event. Bill Bachman then taught the participants many invaluable technical exercises to improve speed, precision and performance in marching percussion. The class worked on a number of personal techniques that Bill has developed from his books while preparing some pieces to perform at the end concert for the public. Eriko Daimo took her class on a highly moving, musical voyage. She worked closely with her class on techniques of the marimba and rehearsed the participants in preparation of their live performance at the end of the weekend.
Besides making music, a special highlight of the event was addressing the business aspect of music which was hosted by Aldo Mazza . This year, KoSA Miami welcomed The Sessions, which is a special seminar presentation featuring panelists Dom Famularo and music business lawyer and specialist, Paul Quin, who covered the topics of professional development, how to take care of your business as a musician (with regards to money), organization, professionalism, royalties, legal aspects, having the right attitude and much more. The faculty and attendees participated in discussions and gave their own opinions, making it a very exciting and fulfilling class. Saturday’s full day of classes was followed by an informal concert at the SFCPA venue for all who attended and gave a chance to rehearse for the final concert.
On Sunday, Marcus Santos continued his fascinating journey through Brazilian rhythms with encouraging everyone to take part in performing various parts of group pieces while learning the traditional techniques of each instrument. The group then rehearsed in preparation for the finale concert. Bill Bachman continued the KoSA Program by teaching his class a more specialized quad technique as well as snare drum techniques. He put everyone through a great workout as well as teaching the class the art of “how to rehearse the section for ultimate results.” Grammy winner and drummer extraordinaire ,Terri Lyne Carrington, worked with the class on jazz concepts and musical drumming. She worked with the participants by highlighting the techniques she was taught by Allan Dawson as well as explaining the methods she has developed to perform more musically on drum set. Terri Lyne finished the classes with a rhythm section lab playing with bass player, Jaime Ousley, and pianist, Hal Roland. Participants were taught the importance of playing more musically and learning the forms and structures of music — regardless of style. Participants were also treated to some highly inspirational performances and discussions on a deep level as to the musical aesthetic and musical approaches to improvising.
True to the long standing KoSA tradition, the event closed with an unforgettable grand finale concert at Florida International University. The concert was free and open to the public and was recorded for future broadcast. This spectacular concert featured: Marcus Santos, who performed solo and with his ensemble performing some special Brazilian pieces prepared over the weekend workshop. Eriko Daimo wowed the audience with a beautiful marimba solo, followed by a piece that she prepared with her class. Aldo Mazza performed a solo work and then was joined by his class performing an arrangement of the “Abodan” rhythm of the Ivory Coast for djembes, dun duns and drum set. Terri Lyne Carrington performed several jazz works with the house band (Jaime Ously on bass and Hal Roland on piano) wowing the audience with some great intensive musical performances. Bill Bachman performed a solo on his quad setup and the class ensemble joined him for a finale piece bringing the whole event to a great finale climax.
Plans are under way for next year’s next KoSA Miami/SFCPA Percussion Weekend Intensive.
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 Famularo, Wilson 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.
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 Rekow（Santana）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。
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