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 Memo Acevedo (Tito Puente) . Jim Chapin (Celebrated Author) . Eriko Daimo (Classical Marimba Specialist)
Mario DeCiutiis (KAT ) . Kenwood Dennard (Sting) . Cassio Duarte (Larry Steen)
Liberty DeVitto  (Billy Joel, NYC Hit Squad, Paul McCartney)
Dom Famularo (Int'l Clinician) . Richie Flores (Eddie Palmieri) . Richie Garcia (Phil Collins)
Jeff Hamilton (Diana Krall) . Arnie Lang (NY Philharmonic) . Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio) 
Marco Lienhard (Japanese Taiko) . Arthur Lipner (Vibe soloist) . Aldo Mazza (Repercussion, KoSA)
Russ Miller (Cher, Nelly Furtado) . Allan Molnar (Music & Technology Guru) . Arthur Press (Boston Symphony)
Répercussion (International Touring Ensemble) . Walfredo Reyes, Jr. (Santana) . Lou Robinson (Didge Master)
 Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies) . Rick Van Horn (Modern Drummer) . Glen Velez (Paul Winter Consort)
Michael Wimberly & Mozambique Drum & Dance Ensemble . Yuko Yoshikawa (Classical Marimba Specialist)
 and featuring the KoSA Rhythm Section: Oscar Stagnaro  &  Rafael Alcala

plus special guests, including Graham Webb, MBE, drummer, entrepreneur, motivational speaker




KOSA: 10  >  Artists on Site Schedule
Mon 7/25th Tues 7/26th Wed 7/27th  Thurs 7/28th  Fri  7/29th
Sat 7/ 30th
Tyler Stewart
Tyler Stewart
Tyler Stewart
Tyler Stewart
Tyler Stewart
 
 
Arthur Press
Arthur Press
Arnie Lang
Arnie Lang
Arnie Lang
 
Glen Velez
Glen Velez
     
 Allan Molnar
 Allan Molnar
 Allan Molnar
 Allan Molnar
 Allan Molnar
 Allan Molnar
Lou Robinson
Lou Robinson
Lou Robinson
Lou Robinson
Lou Robinson
Lou Robinson
Kenwood Dennard
Kenwood Dennard
Kenwood Dennard
Kenwood Dennard
Kenwood Dennard
Kenwood Dennard
 
Russ Lawton
Mario DeCiutiis
Russ Lawton
Dom Famularo
Dom Famularo
 
Yuko Yoshikawa
Yuko Yoshikawa
Eriko Daimo
Eriko Daimo
Eriko Daimo
Richie "Gajate" Garcia 
Richie "Gajate" Garcia 
Richie "Gajate" Garcia 
Richie "Gajate" Garcia 
Richie "Gajate" Garcia 
Richie "Gajate" Garcia 
Cassio Duarte Cassio Duarte Cassio Duarte Cassio Duarte
 
Mario DeCiutiis
Memo Acevedo
Memo Acevedo
Memo Acevedo
 
 
Richie Flores
Richie Flores
Liberty DeVitto
Liberty DeVitto
Liberty DeVitto
 
Arthur Lipner
Arthur Lipner
Mario DeCiutiis
   
 
Russ Miller
Russ Miller
 
Jeff Hamilton
Jeff Hamilton
   
Michael Wimberly (PM)
Michael Wimberly
Michael Wimberly
Michael Wimberly
W. Reyes Jr.
W. Reyes Jr.
W. Reyes Jr.
W. Reyes Jr.
W. Reyes Jr.
W. Reyes Jr.
Rick van Horn
Rick van Horn
Rick van Horn
Rick van Horn
Rick van Horn
Rick van Horn
 
Aldo Mazza
Aldo Mazza
Jim Chapin
Jim Chapin
Jim Chapin
Marco Leinhard
Marco Leinhard
Marco Leinhard
Marco Leinhard
Marco Leinhard
Marco Leinhard
           

 
 
 
 
 
KOSA:10 >  keeping it real.
 
 

     Memo Acevedo (www.lpmusic.com)

Kosa is very pleased to welcome back Memo Acevedo.  Memo began to make a mark on rock music in his early teens. Soon after leaving his native Colombia, he began to (re)discover his Latin roots. A self-taught musician, his passion for Latin music compelled him to take it as a serious object of study in his new home, Toronto.  Memo and his two bands, Banda Brava and Memo Acevedo & The Jazz Cartel, helped expose Canadian audiences to a wide range of Latin and Afro-Latin music. Memo also played a major role in establishing a Latin jazz, Salsa and Brazilian ensemble in Canada at Humber College in Toronto. And to promote Latin music he set up a radio show as Toronto's CIUT-FM, "The Latin Beat," which aired for ten years.   His self-produced CD "Building Bridges" (on Concord/J.A) features mentor Tito Puente and friends Dave Valentin and Gonzalito Rubalcaba and contains mostly new material written and arranged by Memo and his trombonist, T.Promane.

Memo is completely at home on a drum set as well as with percussion, in styles including Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Colombian, and Latin Jazz. His credits as a session player include playing with most of the major Canadian stars and doing TV work and jingles. In 1989 he won the National Ad Music Award for his TV commercial "Unbeatable" for Rubbermaid. In 1991 he received the Juno Award (Canada's equivalent of the Grammy) in the category of "World Beat," plus Jazz Report Magazine Awards for 1994 and 1995 as Canada's "Percussionist of the Year."

In 1996 Memo moved to New York City, where he's been active recording and performing with Hilton Ruiz, Mark Murphy, Peggy Stern, Toshiko Akiyoshi, The Latin Jazz Coalition, the legendary Jazz duo Jackie & Roy, the English Hip Hop band The Propellerheads, and Broadway shows "The Lion King" and "The Civil War."

Memo loves "passing the torch" (as he calls his teaching).Currently he is in charge of the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Drumming courses at New York's Drummer's Collective and New York University.
 

     Jim Chapin (www.jimchapin.com)

KoSA is honored to welcome back Jim Chapin.  In 1948 Jim Chapin first confounded the profession by passing out to his friends the pilot fifty copies of book volume I. Young players, while whipping through the exercises, may find it strange to learn that in that pre-historic era the book was greeted with resentment in some quarters, and even called "impossible." There was a basis for this. At that time no ace but Jim could play more than a token bit of what has now become the "classic style" of independence. Since then several generations of conscientious drummers have "paid their dues" with the book and it is now the classic, much-imitated, standard work on the subject.

Jim's relationship to Coordinated Independence (his phrase) is roughly analagous to that of Robert Fulton to the steamboat. Jim didn't invent the cymbal rhythm (Fulton didnt invent the boat), nor did he invent the "rhythmic melodies" of jazz. These reached a new plateau in the "bop" era, with the inspired reactions of Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, and Art Blakey, to the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, along with other less renowned contributors. (Fulton didn't invent the steam engine.) Jim's achievement was in fusing the two elements into a wockable technology that solved mechanical problems, unlocked doors, and pointed new directions.

It is interesting to speculate on how much this book has influenced the techniques and esthetics of jazz playing in the past-bop era. As a matter of fact, the last sections of this book seem to anticipate, more and more as time goes by, facets of the most modem of the rock playing. This hardly seems accidental, and to emphasize this, and to make the book more currently useful in rock, Jim is adding the following suggestions for further studies in this area, He doesnt want to change the book in other respects, as he believes that keeping the foibles and anachronisms of a period, as well as the virtues, provides a charming glimpse of a less sophisticated past, plus a valuable hint as to roots (Even something frankly archaic, like the subtitle " - as applied to Jazz and Be-Bop.") His attitude may be colored by the success of his two-decade dream, the monumental Volume II, "Independence - The Open End an extraordinary and wide-ranging achievement...
 

   Eriko Daimo

Eriko Daimo is from Kagoshima, Japan. Ms. Daimo began studying marimba when she entered high school.  A natural, Ms. Daimo went on to study at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music where she was a student of Momoko Kamiya.  She also studied with Mitsuaki Imamura and Takako Nakama.  In the past year Ms. Daimo has won First Prize at the International Marimba competition in Belgium 2004 and First Prize at the 2004 Japan Percussion Arts Society 20th Annual Percussion Solo Competition for newcomers.  In previous years Ms. Daimo has won Second Prize at the International Marimba Competition for students in Paris in 2003, Second Prize at the 2003 Japan International League of Artists Competition in Tokyo, First Prize at the South JapanMusic Competition in 1999, 2002 and 2003 and First Prize at the All Japan Music Solo Competition for Students in 2000. Ms. Daimo's 2004 performances have included the Japan International Arts Society's Excellent Artist Concert in Tokyo, The Graduate Artists Concert in Nagoya, The Yomiuri Newcomer Artist Concert in Nagoya, Zeltsman Marimba Festival in 2003 and 2004, the Marimba One Grand Opening Party in Arcata, California, and the Showcase Concert at PASIC in Nashville. Since January, 2005, she has been studying with Nancy Zeltsman at The Boston Conservatory. Ms. Daimo is an endorser of Marimba One marimbas.
 
 

     Mario DeCiutiis (www.alternatemode.com)

KoSA is pleased to have the return of Mario De Ciutiis to our faculty.  With over 26 years of professional music experience and as principal percussionist for Radio City Music Hall since 1979, Mario has performed literally thousands of shows ranging from Christmas Spectaculars & Liberace Extravaganzas to Silent Movies and Ice Shows. He has performed many Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows in New York and has spent his share of "road-touring" for plays, MIDI clinics and concerts. DeCiutiis can be heard on numerous studio recordings including a Grammy Award winning Children's CD. He has produced many educational music videos for KAT Inc., developed CD-ROMs with percussion instruments for digital samplers and has performed on a wide variety of audio recordings as a drummer and percussionist session player. Since 1986, Mario fulfilled the role of Vice President of KAT Inc., involved in the creation, design, manufacturing and world-wide distribution of KAT electronic controllers. In 1996, he founded Alternate Mode Inc. to continue the KAT product line. His interests now focus on performing on the college and concert circuit, sharing his knowledge of music and technology. Mario believes JUNGLEWIRE is the perfect medium to demonstrate the power, expression and versatility of electronic music.

   Kenwood Dennard (www.justadvance.com)

KoSA is honored to host the return engagement of Kenwood Dennard.  Kenwood was born in Brooklyn, NY to musician parents, and began playing piano at age 3.  He switched to drums at age 8 and the rest is history.  Having studied with William Kessler, Choli Simons, Alan Dawson, Gary Chafee, Joe Hunt, the Manhattan School of Music, Nadia Boulanger and more, he graduated from Berklee Magna Cum Laude in 1976.   A founding father of NYC's famed Drummer's Collective, Kenwood has taught hundreds of eager students and has performed with the best of the best - Berklee College of Music, Sting, Chet Atkins, Harry Belafonte, George Benson, Art Blakey, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hiram Bullock, George Clinton, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, etc.
 

   Cassio Duarte (www.cassioduarte.com)

Cassio Duarte was born in Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil, and raised in Curitiba, Paran·, where he started playing in Marching Bands and neighborhoods Samba Schools at age 13.
Moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1979 to study at the Villa Lobos School of Music, and also with private instructors in Rio and Bahia (where the Afro Brazilian roots are "deeper"). For a few years he studied  "Social Communications and Cinema" at Univ. Federal Fluminense in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro. But Cassio's music career was already consolidating.

On the early 80's started to work with Brazilian stars like Moraes Moreira, Zez Mota, Lo Jaime, Jo'o Bosco and Djavan. Touring and recording on many different projects from Theater Plays to TV Shows.  His search for knowledge of different styles, brought him to Los Angeles in 1991, where besides being an active studio musician for movies soundtracks and albums, has had the opportunity to work with people like Toots Thielemans, Lee Ritenour, Sergio Mendes, Ivan Lins, Tania Maria, Strunz & Farah, Brenda Russell, Angelique Kidjo, Googoosh , Paul Winter, Oscar Castro-Neves, Dory Caymmi, Gal Costa and many others."

As an educator had worked at Sangeet School of World Music; at LAMA - Los Angeles Music Academy; at UCLA Dept. of Ethno-musicology (as a substitute teacher for Airto Moreira); and with the "Ballet Folclorico do Brazil", bringing Brazilian Culture to kids and adults.

In 2002 Cassio was invited by LP (Latin Percussion, Inc.) and RMV (Brazilian Drums and Percussion Manufacturer) to do an Instructional DVD called "Introduction to Brazilian Percussion".  Cassio's diverse learning experience and background set him as a truly "world-class" percussionist

   Liberty DeVitto (www.libertydevitto.com)

Liberty DeVitto was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 8, 1950, second generation Italian, life began in a one room furnished apartment.  Liberty's mom would empty a dresser drawer, line it with a baby blanket, and that became Liberty's bed.  His Mom said it was the radio on top of the dresser, which she kept on all the time, that gave Liberty his love for music

In 1968, the same year he graduated from high school, after constant practice, (playing to records - Liberty never took lessons) and playing in local bands, he received a phone call from a guy that said he was Mitch Ryder's tour manager.  He said Mitch's drummer was very sick and they needed someone to fill in.  Liberty said, "When?"  They said "Tonight."  Next thing he knew he was on stage with Mitch, taking cues from the sax player.  They did "Jenny Takes a Ride",  "Devil with a Blue Dress", "Sock it to Me Baby", and others.  That tour lasted for 6 weeks, playing up and down the East Coast.

Right after Mitch Ryder, Liberty got a gig with Long Island alumni, Richie Supa, and had his first recording experience.  The album "Supa's Jamboree" was recorded in Atlanta, 1969-70, and was produced by Buddy Buie of the Classics 4 and Atlanta Rhythm Section Fame.  The album was released on Paramount Records and a tour immediately followed.  The band sometimes opened for groups like the James Gang and Grand Funk Railroad.  One night after a Grand Funk gig, Liberty was driving the equipment van from Cleveland, Ohio, back home to Long Island.  The van hit some black ice and flipped off the side of the road, rolling four times. Liberty had sustained serious injures, which brought him a year of not playing.  Then one day, a friend, who was playing weddings at a catering hall, asked if Liberty would sit in for him.  Liberty said, "He lent me his tux and the gig lasted two and a half years!"  During those years the group Topper was formed.  The band consisted of Liberty on drums, Doug Stegmeyer on bass, Russell Javors on guitar and vocals, Howie Emerson on guitar, slide guitar and dobro. The band had a sound of it's own, with all original material.  A club owner once called Topper, "the worst band to ever play his club."  Topper, with the addition of sax player Richie Cannata, eventually became Billy Joel's band.
Musicians come and go, Liberty is still with Billy Joel (as well as moonlighting with many, many other top shelf performers) and the rest is history.
 
 
 

     Dom Famularo (www.domfamularo.com)

Always a KoSA favorite, we welcome the return of the talented, intrepid and always inspiring Dom Famularo.  Dom Famularo has been traveling the globe preaching the "gospel of drumming" for over 30 years. An intense performer, Dom is one of the most respected solo drum artists in the world, with a career built solely upon his unique skills as a drummer and motivational speaker.  He has presented masterclasses and clinics around the globe in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Israel, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Turkey, Malaysia, Singapore, Phillipines, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

He has directed and emceed major drumming expos around the world, and has been one of drumming's most sought-after private instructors for over 30 years. Students regularly fly in from around the globe for intensive study with Dom. A major player in the percussion industry, Dom acts as Education Director and consultant for Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, and Premier Percussion Ltd, for whom he oversees programs worldwide.
 
 

Richie Flores (Eddie Palmieri)

Richie Flores egan playing congas at age 5 and began his professional musical career at age 8, playing with Grupo Batacumbele and Roberto Roena and the Apollo Sound. At age 13, he came to New York to play with Roberto Roena at the Village Gate, however, this was just the beginning. Richie Flores continued to play throughout Puerto Rico with some of the best known Salsa bands, while studying at Escuela Libre de Musica in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Since those early years, Richie's musical career has lead him to play with some of Latin Music's most renown musicians such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Cachao, The Fania All Stars, Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, David Sanchez and the Tropijazz All Stars. He has recorded on hundreds of albums over the years, including Cachao's Grammy winning album and currently on Eddie Palmieri and David Sanchez's Grammy nominated albums for 1999. Other artists Richie as recorded with include Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, The Tropijazz All-Stars, Tochico Akiochi, Jimmy Bosch and is currently recording many of the hottest new Salsa albums produced by Sergio George.  Richie remains one of the most in-demand percussionists in the world.
 
 

    Richie Gajate-Garcia  (www.lpmusic.com)

KoSA welcomes back Richie Gajate-Garcia: drummer, percussionist, clinician and educator. His nickname, "El Pulpo" means the octopus in Spanish - a nickname given to him for his unique independence and ability to play multiple percussion instruments simultaneously.  Richie was voted one of the top Latin percussionists by his peers in tModern Drummer Reader's Poll as well as voted one of the top Rock percussionists in DRUM! Magazine.  Gajate, grew up on Puerto Rico with friends of his father which included Tito Puente and Armando Peraza and an appreciation for salsa and a love for Latin percussion.  He has accompanied artists such as Phil Collins, Sting, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, Patti Labelle, Amy Grant and many, many more.
He has recorded film soundtracks as "Maid in Manhattan" with Jennifer Lopez, "I-Spy" with Eddie Murphy and the revised classic "The Mummy Returns" with the London Symphonia.

Richie has toured the world as a top clinician for Latin Percussion Inc. and Sabian Cymbals Ltd. He has two instructional videos produced by LP and distributed by Warner Bros. entitled "Close-Up on Congas" and "Close-Up on Timbales" from the Adventures in Rhythm series.  He is an author and has two instructional books on the market published by Warner Bros. Publications entitled "Play Congas Now" and "Play Bongos Now" and is a contributing author to "DRUM!" Magazine.
 

    Jeff Hamilton   (www.hamiltonjazz.com)

Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Jeff's recording, It's Hamilton Time (Lake Street Records), received enormous airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart. His trio's second release, Jeff Hamilton Trio-LIVE! (MONS) was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio's second MONS release is entitled, Hands On . Hamilton House-Live at Steamers (MONS) is the trio's 2000 release. As well as recording and performing throughout the world, Jeff also teaches, arranges and composes.

Jeff has received rave reviews for his dynamic drumming. David Badham of Jazz Journal International stated in his review of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra's release, Heart and Soul (Capri): "This is one of the finest modern big band issues I've heard...This is undoubtedly due to Jeff Hamilton, a most driving and technically accomplished drummer."" Jeff is equally at home in smaller formats. He is an integral part of the Clayton Brothers and Herb Wong stated in his review of their release, The Music (Capri), in JazzTimes: "Always evident is...the colorful work of the rhythm section featuring...the sensitivity and sizzle of Jeff Hamilton's seasoned drums." Leonard Feather of the Los Angeles Times described Jeff and his work with Oscar Peterson as "the Los Angeles-based drummer whose intelligent backing and spirited solo work met Peterson's customarily high standards..." In his review of he Ray Brown Trio in the Denver Post, Jeff Bradley stated that Jeff "brought the crowd to its feet with his amazing hand-drumming, soft and understated yet as riveting and rewarding as any drum solo you've heard."

Born in Richmond, Indiana, Jeff grew up listening to his parent's big band records and at the age of eight began playing drums along with Oscar Peterson records. He attended Indiana University and later studied with John Avon Ohlen. Jeff was influenced by Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, "Philly" Joe Jones and Shelly Manne. In 1974, he got his first big break playing with the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He then joined Lionel Hampton's Band until 1975 when he, along with bassist John Clayton, became members of the Monty Alexander Trio. He attained a childhood goal in 1977 when he joined Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, with whom he made several recordings. In 1978, he was offered the position vacated by Shelly Manne in the L.A.4 with Ray Brown, Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida. He recorded six records with the L.A.4, some of which featured his own arrangements and compositions. From 1983 to 1987, Jeff performed with Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney and Monty Alexander. Jeff began his association with the Ray Brown Trio in 1988 and left in March 1995 to concentrate on his own trio. From 1999-2001, the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was named the in-residence ensemble for the Hollywood Bowl Jazz series. Jeff is currently touring with his own Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Diana Krall.

In addition to his many recordings with Ray Brown, Jeff has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akioshi, Scott Hamilton, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Keely Smith, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel and Mark Murphy. Jeff is a frequent guest of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. He also appeared in Natalie Cole's Great Performances PBS special, Unforgettable and an Oscar Peterson documentary, Life In The Key Of Oscar.
 

    Arnie Lang  (www.pas.org)

KoSA is very pleased to welcome the legendary Morris "Arnie" Lang to our 10th Anniversary Celebration.  As a child growing up in the Bronx, Arnie Lang was surrounded by many styles of music. This is when he first fell in love with the drums. They were a good choice because his talent was immediately obvious. While studying at Juilliard he freelanced with the Radio City Music Hall, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the American Opera Society Orchestra, and, eventually, the New York Philharmonic, which ultimately led to a forty-year relationship (1955 - 1995). Currently he is the president of Lang Percussion which makes Gladstone Drums and Timpani. Arnie also teaches at Brooklyn College, where he is molding the next generation of percussion greats. With Arnie Lang, they're in great hands.
 

    Russ Lawton  (www.treyanastasio.com)

Russ Lawton grew up in the Greater Boston area where he began drumming professionally, and studying with Gene Roma from the Newton Percussion Academy. Early in his career, Russ played in the band Zzebra formed by Nigerian-born Lofty Amao from the London based group Osibisa. Lofty's afro-fusion group Zzebra (based in Burlington, Vermont) toured the East Coast for several years before moving to LA.  In recent years, Russ has been touring with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Strangfolk, the Unknown Blues Band and the Gordon Stone Band.   Russ also keeps busy as a studio drummer and has played on the independent movies Mud Season, Mike Gordon's Outside Out, and the LA movie Left Hand Path.
 
 

     Marco Lienhard  (www.taikoza.com/marco.html)

KoSA is very pleased to have Marco Lienhard back for our Tenth Anniversay.  A native of Switzerland, Marco was a member of the internationally acclaimed taiko group Ondekoza from 1981-1994. While touring as a professional taiko player in Japan, he studied the shakuhachi under Masters Teruo Furuya and Katsuya Yokoyama, quickly becoming a virtuoso solo artist. Marco also studied the fue and the nohkan (Noh theater flute) with Masayuki Isso and has performed more than 3000 concerts in Europe, Asia and North America with appearances at some of the world's most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Osaka Castle Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has contributed to many movies, documentaries and CDs, has done several recordings with Ondekoza, Taikoza and has two critically acclaimed shakuhachi recordings. Marco has made numerous television appearances including the Regis and Kathie Lee Show, the PBS special "A World of Performances" (the 20th Anniversary Gala of Wolf Trap), a documentary for Canadian National TV, MTV and NBC's 1998 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He was the featured shakuhachi player in the American premiere of the Temple of the Golden Pavilion with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.  Marco has been actively teaching the shakuhachi, taiko and fue in New York and around the world including workshops at the Kosa Percussion workshops in Vermont and the bi-annual Taiko conferences in California.

    Arthur Lipner  (www.malletworks.com/lipner.htm)

Arthur Lipner has emerged as one of the leading vibes and marimba voices in jazz today. As such he is one of the few musicians carrying the message of jazz mallets into the 21st century. Arthur's live performances and recorded projects convey an exuberant drive of creativity and depth. His travels around the globe as a jazz musician and percussionist have delighted audiences and critics worldwide.  Lipner's bookings as a bandleader have taken him to most of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, England, Scotland, Morocco, Malaysia, the Caribbean and throughout Europe.

Lipner's first solo project, "IN ANY LANGUAGE," was released in 1991 by Palo Alto Jazz. In 1992, JVC Tokyo released this album in Japan as part of their "Music Of The Mother Earth" series. The 1993 cd "ART OF THE DUO: Liquide Stones," on the German label ENJA-Tutu records, was recorded with guitarist Jack DeSalvo. Next came the 1994 band project "THE MAGIC CONTINUES...", with Joel Rosenblatt, Bob Mintzer and others. Released in 1998, 1999 and 2003 were cd's Arthur produced for the publishing company MalletWorks Music. Arthur has just finished recording his fifth solo project "Street Vibe," along with a DVD of his current working band, to be released April '04. His prior album is "Portraits In World Jazz." This mostly-acoustic album features Arthur on vibes and marimba joined by percussionist Glen Velez, bassist Harvie Swartz, guitarist Vic Juris, pianist Fred Hersch and others. Repertoire is a mix of Lipner originals along with Autumn Serenade (DeRose), Vincent (Don McLean) and Couple's Choice (Youssou 'N Dour). A remarkable recording, PORTRAITS combines jazz and percussion in a rhythmic and compositional adventure of unparalleled magnitude.

Over fifty of Arthur's compositions have been released on recordings. His music has been used on radio, film and tv soundtracks in such places as Finland, Japan, Belgium, The Netherlands, and England. His compositions have been recorded twenty times by various groups. He recently completed "Hybridisation, " a twenty-minute concerto for mallet soloist with Chamber Orchestra or Wind Ensemble.

His appearances as a NYC session player has led to tracks for everything from Bluegrass to Brazilian to Christmas albums, the tv shows "Sesame Street," "Designing Women," Bill Cosby's "It's A Different World," Japanese tv, a French film score, and dozens of radio and tv commercials.  His steel drums can currently be heard on the General Electric TV commercial "Wind Energy."

Arthur has presented over 300 workshops throughout the world, with invitations to teach at some of the most prestigious universities in the USA and Europe including The Juilliard School (NYC) and Sweelink Conservatory (Amsterdam). He has been on the Faculty of The Brabants Conservatory in Tilburg, Holland, Drummers Collective (NYC), State Univ. of NY (Purchase) and Univ. of Bridgeport (CT). He is sponsored in by the Conn/Selmer Company and Mike Balter Mallets as an artist/clinician, and has performed at three PASIC conventions.

His text THE VIBES REAL BOOK (1996) is the most comprehensive guide to jazz vibraphone ever written. "Jazz Mallets: IN SESSION" (2000) is the first-ever play-along folio for jazz vibes and marimba. His new improvisation play-along "From Lead Sheets To Hip Solos" for all instruments was released January '03 by Carl Fischer Music.  Arthur is currently serving his second term on the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors, and is a Contributing Editor for the PAS magazine "Percussive Notes."
 


 

    Aldo Mazza  (www.kosamusic.com/AldoNews)

Aldo may be best know for his work with the world-touring percussion group Repércussion and is the founder and artistic director of KoSA International Percussion Workshop and Montréal's KoSA Academy.  As an internationally recognized drummer-percussionist, recording artist, clinician, and educator, Aldo has recorded with such artists as Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, and Aldo Nova. Aldo has performed live with James Brown, Chris De Burgh, and Oliver Jones, the Montreal Symphony and many more.  Aldo is also currently a member of the faculty at the McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal, Canada.

    Russ Miller  (www.russmiller.com)

Russ Miller is known as one of the top touring and session drummers of today.  As a Multi-Platinum, Grammy award winning recording artist, his musical versatility has led him to work with an incredible list of over 20 international artists including legends like Ray Charles, The Fifth Dimension, Cher , Tina Turner & Bobby Caldwell through Modern stars such as Babyface, Nelly Furtado, Hilary Duff, Daniel Bedingfield and Meredith Brooks.  A strong force in the Los Angeles studio scene, Russ has performed on more than 300 albums and dozens of international movies such as "The Hulk", "Rugrats Go Wild!", "Resident Evil Apocalypse" and "Garfield".   Russ has two solo albums and also has authored two books: The Drum Set Crash Course and Transitions, along with his two videos, The Drum Set Crash Course and The Drum Set Crash Course Tuning Edition from Warner Brothers Publications.  All of Russ' solo projects were voted the #1 educational books and videos in the world (2001-2004) by Modern Drummer Magazine.
 

    Allan Molnar  (www.percussionstudio.com)

Allan Molnar currently resides in New York City where he teaches at Brooklyn College and freelances in the music profession. Prior to moving to New York, Allan was very active as a vibraphonist, percussionist and educator in Toronto, Canada. His experiences include many live and recorded performances in a variety of genres including jazz  (Glen Hall, Roswell Rudd, Phil Nimmons), Latin (Vibrason, Con-Cache) and pop (Nelly Furtado, Jarvis Church).

Allan co-produced Glen Hall's "Hallucinations" CD which is currently available on Leo Records (London, England). The latest Glen Hall-Allan Molnar production is entitled "The Roswell Incident" and features "OutSource" along with the legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd as guest soloist. Allan is also in-demand as a session player and has contributed work to a diverse range of projects including Dreamworks Records recording artist Nelly Furtado's debut album "Whoa Nelly" and "Shake it Off" by Jarvis Church. "Whoa Nelly" has sold more than 5,000,000 copies world-wide and is the recipient of 4 JUNO awards and a GRAMMY. In July and August '03 Allan traveled to Los Angeles and Toronto to record a number of tracks for Nelly Furtado's "Folklore." This CD was nominated for 5 Juno awards.
 

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   Répercussion (www.repercussion.ca)

Répercussion, a quartet of percussionists from Montreal, was originally formed in 1974 at the Conservatoire de musique in Québec City as a student summer works project. After two years the group split in two and three members remained, moving to Montreal. Inspired by the Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble out of Europe which was renowned for performing contemporary music accentuating the percussion instruments, Répercussion has helped to bring the orchestral percussion section out of the back row of obscurity to the front of the stage.  The lineup of the ensemble has not changed much after nearly 30 years.  Current members are Luc Langlois, Robert Lepine and Chantal Simard, along with Aldo Mazza, who was invited to join in 1978. Langlois, who is also an electronics engineer,  invented a highly effective MIDI interface for mallet instruments allowing the musician to play like an electric bassist and more.  In many ways the ensemble feels more at home touring throughout Asia, Africa and South America, where the native music tends to be more percussion-based than our own. Répercussion takes western music and introduces it to the peoples of those other cultures.  Mazza claims that the reverse takes place in the western music tradition:  "A violinist, for example, would suddenly discover klezmer music or any of those other cultural musics.  As the violinist has gotten so far on his instrument, now he is looking for new territory and new frontiers.  So you explore those and your own musical vocabulary becomes broader, deeper and a lot of fun."

   Walfredo Reyes, Jr. (www.walfredoreyesjr.com)

Few drummers playing today can successfully combine the rich history of Latin, Afro-Cuban and World Percussion with the drum set. For Walfredo Reyes Jr., fusing the two disciplines has been his driving passion. In fact, by blazing this path, Reyes has challenged the technical levels of our instrument.

Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico and culminating his musical style in the U.S., Wally (Walfredo Jr.) learned the traditions from the master, his father Walfredo Sr. He married those principles with his love of the drum set, coming up with his own truly global rhythmic style. Simply put, Wally is able to sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time. Add blistering chops and a penchant for playing unusual patterns to the mix, and you have only a small idea of what this man can do.

Not surprisingly, this "one man percussion show" has gathered an impressive list of gigs over the years, including touring and / or recording with: Carlos Santana, Traffic, Steve Winwood, Jackson Browne, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, David Lindley, Ricki Lee Jones, Richard Marx, Sergio Mendes, Smokey Robinson, Robbie Robertson, Joe Sample, Boz Scaggs, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Johnny Hallyday.

Because of his versatility, Walfredo is one of the most in demand musicians in the world today. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area where he continues to expand his talents to recording, producing, composing, education, live performance and touring.
 
 
 

       Lou Robinson   (www.australianoriginals.com)

For at least 40,000 years, the Australian Aborigine lived a life of balance, respect and harmony with the earth. He received many gifts from the earth, one of which was a tree trunk hollowed out by termites. When blown into in a certain manner, it became a wonderous musical instrument called Yidaki or didgeridoo. Traditional myth and legend indicates the didgeridoo has been present since the beginning of time and was an integral part of the creation story, playing its part in sounding the world into form.   Lou believes the didgeridoo offers an opportunity for us to reconnect with our earthly heritage and our spiritual selves. Its musical possibilities are limited only by our imagination. Just as legend says the didgeridoo helped sound the world into existence, it also says if the sound ever stops, the world will cease to exist. So, play on!

Lou Robinson, KoSA's original mad didgeridoo player, settled in the wonderful town of Portland, Oregon, and joined his wife Lynn Robinson by opening Australian Originals in Portland's Old Town area, adjacent to Portland Saturday Market, a treasure chest of arts and crafts. The couple initially sold hand crafted clothing and art that they imported from the weekend markets in the small communities surrounding Lynn's Australian home, and didgeridoos and aboriginal crafts from an aboriginal co-op.

They are especially proud of  their didgeridoo collection and our association with Yidaki-doo, Australias finest supplier of didgeridoos, with a wide range from beginners to collectors. The curator of the didge area is our friend and associate Ed Drury, another mad, mad, mad didgeridoo player.  Lou spends a fair amount of each year teaching "the didge" to others, passing along the tradition.  We like to think of Lou as a KoSA tradition, due to the fact that he brings much more than a master's knowledge of the instrument to the annual Workshop, and is a favorite of participants every year.
 

    Tyler Stewart   (www.bnlmusic.com)

Christmas 1975....New Market, Ontario. That's where it all began. Well, it actually began on September 21, 1967 when he was born. But 1975 was the year Tyler Stewart would receive a gift from his mother that would form and mold his life. A single snare drum.    Buskers festival 1990....Waterloo. Music history is made. Tyler was waiting to go on stage with Barenaked Ladies  when he heard Steve, Ed, Jim and Andy. The humor and stage presence captured Tyler and he knew that he had to become... a Barenaked Lady.   During a break with BNL, Tyler has toured with Gordi Johnson of Big Sugar and Chris Brown of Bourbon Tabernacle Choir. The end result was a release called "Don't Talk Dance". A very 70's retro compilation of cover songs. Profits from the CD went to Casey House, an AIDS Hospice home.   Tyler is a great comedic sibling in the BNL family. He does a great rap... and an even better shake yer rump! He sings pretty darn well too. It's not often you find a percussionist that plays AND sings AT THE SAME TIME.   KoSA is very pleased to welcome Tyler to the family.
 

     Rick Van Horn    (www.moderndrummer.com)

KoSA welcomes back the incredible insight, energy and talent of Rick Van Horn.  As Senior Editor of Modern Drummer Magazine, Rick knows drum, percussion and the people who play them on a first name basis.  Rick has also played professionally for forty-five years.  In his two decades with MD, Rick has written hundreds of Club Scene columns, along with a best-selling book on the subject of being a working drummer.   He has been an insider in nearly every percussion-product manufacturer around the world, and has actively participated and explored the drumming scenes in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and Branson.  Rick also coordinates the Modern Drummer Festival Weekend.
 
 
 

      Glen Velez   (www.glenvelez.com)

KoSA welcomes back frame drumming master and KoSA Alumnus Glen Velez.  Glen Velez is often globe-trotting on an international touring schedule which has taken him to six continents. Recently voted "Best Percussionist of the Yeaf" with a 2001 Drummies award by DRUM! Magazine, Velez has emerged as an international soloist and seminal figure in the history of the frame drum. Over two decades ago he brought a new genre of drumming into the Western music world by creating his own compositional style inspired by years of drumming studies from various cultures. He introduced Remo Belli and the Remo Drum Company to the world of frame drums and initiated, what has become, a whole line of drums from world cultures.

After fifteen years performing and recording with Steve Reich (1973-1988) and Paul Winter (1983-1998), Velez is working as a soloist while continuing to collaborate with a variety of top-notch professionals in many genres. Twentieth century music guru John Cage wrote a piece especially for Glen in 1989. Velez has also played with notables such as Pat Metheny, Richard Stoltzman, Suzanne Vega, Howard Levy, Zakir Hussain, and Oregon.  His own compositions have been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and John Schaefer's New Sounds and have been commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Reader's Digest. He has written music for theater and dance and recorded hundreds of albums on ECM, CBS, RCA, GRP, Warner Brothers, Deutsche Gramophone, Geffen, Nonesuch, Capital, and Sony. In addition, he has several instructional videos and ten recordings of his own music on CMP, Music of the World, Sounds True, Interworld, and Ellipsis Arts.

As a master teacher who conducts workshops worldwide, Velez developed his own teaching method called Handance. It incorporates voice and body movement into the process of learning to play the frame drum and has proven to be of great benefit to professionals and beginners alike. Velez has also designed his own Signature Series of frame drums for the REMO Drum Company and has recently designed a handmade frame drum series for the Cooperman Drum Company.
 


Michael Wimberly & Mozambique Drum & Dance Ensemble

As a drummer/percussionist Michael has performed/recorded and toured with artist such as Paul Winter's Consort and Mamma Tongue, jazz artist Steve Coleman, Teramasa Hino, Jean Paul Bourelly, David Murray and Chares Gayle, rock artists Henry Rollins, Blondie, Mickey Hart and Vernon Reid, R&B artists D'Angelo, Alyson Williams Angie Stone and funk legends George Clinton and the Parliament Funkedelics.  As a composer Michael has created commissioned scores for some of New York's most acclaimed dance companies including, Urban Bush Women, Joffrey Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Co., Ailey II, Complexions and The National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique.
Television scores include "Atlantic City Lights" for HBO. "A World of Music" for Annenberg/PBS. "Calliope Corner" for USA network. Full-length independent feature film "As An Act Of Protest", by Dennis Leroy Moore.  As musical director for the Los Angeles Multi-Cultural Prism Awards, Michael has composed, conducted, produced and sound designed this event for 9 years.  The Prism Awards has bestowed well-deserved honors on entrepreneurs, civic leaders and corporate citizens who are distinguished by their success and commitment to diversity. Celebrities who have received this honor include, George Duke, Sheila E, Ludacris, Public Enemy and Cash Money among others. Michael has taught African percussion at Drummers Collective since 1994 and conducted numerous workshops throughout America, Europe and Africa. Michael holds both a BA in Music from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory and a Masters Degree in Music from Manhattan School of Music.

When Mozambique became independent in 1975, the restoration of Mozambican cultural values which had been suppressed by the Portuguese colonial regime for 500 years was one of the Mozambican government's major goals. This led in 1979 to the creation of the national song and dance company of Mozambique, known in Portuguese--the official language of the Republic of Mozambique--as Companhia Nacional de Canto e Danca (C.N.D.C.). Initially the group was formed by 30 non-professional artists from all across Mozambique who would practice dance and poetry during free times. Today the company is composed of 50 professional ballerinas and musicians who perform all over the world.  The repertoire of C.N.D.C. consists of traditional folkloric dances from Mozambique that are passed on from generation to generation as well as contemporary dance and fusion pieces. The Song and Dance Company regularly combines its growing international touring schedule with extensive travel to all the provinces within its home country so that the members can meet with village elders and "refresh themselves with the culture that they're trying to bring forth."  A typical performance by C.N.D.C. will include traditional dances such as Makway and Ngoma. Makway originated in the central part of the country and is a dance of joy. It is generally performed in wedding ceremonies by groups of men representing both the groom and bride's families competing among themselves just to entertain the guests. Ngoma was a dance designed to get Nguni warriors ready for battle.

Other dances relate to the experiences of colonialism and the efforts to end it. A dance called Niquetxe expressed the frustration of the people who were forced to labor in tea plantations owned by foreign companies. Originally it was performed in a mourning situation, generally six months after burial. The Nondje dance emerged in the province of Cabo Delgado during the war for the independence of Mozambique. Nondje means "giant tree".  One of the contemporary pieces often performed is a suite of dances called The Sun Has Up-Risen, created for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the independence of Mozambique. Gathering dances from all parts of Mozambique, the suite represents a specific attempt to affirm national solidarity in a country where the people speak 16 different languages.

The members of the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique will play and demonstrate the African xylophone; Mbila (Timbila when there is two or more), Ntodje (Drum), Likuti(Glass shaped drum of high pitch) and the Xigobu(Bass Drum). We will conduct workshops exploring the rhythms from Mozambique and West Africa along with songs and dance movement.
 
 
 

   Yuko Yoshikawa

Ms. Yoshikawa began her musical training starting with piano at age of three, percussion at nine, and marimba at fifteen.  In 1999, she graduated from Osaka College of Music with a degree in percussion performance.  Recently she earned a Master's degree in Marimba Performance from The Boston Conservatory where she studied with renowned marimbist Nancy Zeltsman.  Yuko is a recipient of several awards including: Winner of the Aspen Music Festival and School Solo Competition (2000), Artist's Prize at Naniwa Arts Foundation Festival (1999), and winner of the Graduation Solo Competition at Osaka College of Music (1999).  She was also a semi-finalist in the World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart (2002) and semi-finalist in International Marimba Competition Belgium (2004).   She performs a broad repertoire and takes an active interest in commissioning new music.  She commissioned and premiered a marimba duo "p.s." by Shawn Michalek in 2003.  In the summer of 2004, she has taught at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival as a member of the Associate Faculty, and also gave solo marimba concert as a Showcase Artist where she premiered "feels so ok" by Michalek with Yesaroun' Duo.  She has performed the Guitar Concerto with Binghamton Community Orchestra (NY), also and was also invited to PASIC 2004 as a performer in Marimba Duo with Fumito Nunoya.

   Oscar Stagnaro

KoSA is pleased to welcome back bassist Oscar Stagnaro, recipient of the Latin Grammy 2001 for Best Latin Jazz performance with the Paquito D' Rivera Quintet " Live at the Blue Note" and the 2003 Latin Grammy for the Best Latin Jazz Recording for "Brazilian Dreams" with Paquito D' Rivera and the New York Voices.

Originally from Peru, Oscar studied at The Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru, and worked extensively doing studio work and live performances with many international artists and local bands before moving to the USA in 1979. Since then he has been a very active performer and one of the most versatile bass players in the East Coast; his mastery of playing different music styles from Jazz, Fusion, to Latin Jazz Brazilian Jazz, South American music, has allow him to perform at the most renown Jazz Festivals around the World with the very best of the Latin Jazz artists.

Oscar has been Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music since 1988, where he teaches privates lessons, workshops and ensembles. He has represented Berklee in the IAJE 97, 99', 00' and 03' Conventions and is a very active clinician with lectures in Peru, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Uruguay, Germany, Spain and the USA.

He is also a Faculty member of the Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music since 2000, and the Rivers Music School since 1998.  He has published with Sher Music the "Latin Bass Book' and with Hal Leonard Berklee Press the "Afro Cuban Slap ".

Oscar has just released his first CD as a leader "Mariella's Dream" featuring Paquito D' Rivera, Alex Acuña, Ed Simon and Ramon Stagnaro featuring rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela and recently just recorded a special program "La Plaza" for WGBH Channel 2 in Boston featuring Paquito D'Rivera and Alon Yavnai.

   Rafael Alcala

Kosa welcomes the return of Rafael Alcala, a Pianist, Arranger and Composer recognized as one of the up and coming young artists in the field of jazz.  Rafael has performed with Bob Mintzer, Jim McNeely, Will Kennedy, Ignacio Berroa, Zoro, Greg Bisonette, Frank Mantooth, David Murray,Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Joanne Brackeen, Phil Wilson and Victor Mendoza .

KoSA is graciously sponsored by: Sabian, Pro Mark, Pearl, Ludwig-Musser, Evans, LP, Sonor, Remo Tama, Zildjian, DW, KAT Electronics, Yamaha, Bosphorous Cymbals, Mountain Rythym, Regal Tip, Sibelius, Vater, Berklee, Audix, Taye, WB, Mike Balter, Paiste,Cooperman, Modern Drummer,
Shure, HQ, The D'Addario Foundation and Drummers Collective.



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