Irrefutably one of the world's funkiest drummers, Dennis Chambers has recorded and performed with Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John Scofield, Carl Filipiak, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, Niacin, and many others. A child prodigy, Dennis started playing drums at the age of four and was performing in nightclubs at the age of six. Although Dennis has no formal training, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Well-known among drummers for his explosive technique and speed, Dennis exhibits a powerful style that is technically proficient yet highly musical and groove-oriented. He can play in a wide variety of musical genres, but is most known for his contributions to jazz, funk, and Latin music.
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez is a Grammy Award-winning Cuban drummer and percussionist who plays on the cutting edge of today's music. "El Negro" first gained international recognition playing drums for the extraordinary pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Since leaving Cuba in 1990, Hernandez made a name for himself in the US as Afro-Cuban's most visible drummer. A true master of Latin rhythm, his command of the clave leaves even the best drummers in amazement. Whether playing with jazz legends like McCoy Tyner or Michel Camilo, rock stars like Carlos Santana or Steve Winwood, or as a member of renowned Latin ensembles like Tito Puente's Tropi-Jazz All Stars, "El Negro" has earned a strong reputation as one of the most powerful and versatile players in the current musical scene.
Giovanni Hidalgo is a legendary Puerto Rican percussionist. The sounds of his childhood were dominated by drums, bongos, congas, and timbales, with much of his early education coming from his father, a renowned conga player in his own right. In the 1980s, Giovanni travelled to Cuba to work with the Batacumbele Band. Through this experience he formed a partnership with the musician Changuito, and together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm, ushering in a new musical era in Latin music. Giovanni has also played and recorded with the likes of Eddie Palmieri and jazz legend Dizzie Gillespie. From 1992 to 1996 Giovanni held a teaching position at the Berklee College of Music, where he taught all types of rhythms, including Puerto Rican, Cuban, reggae, African, and jazz. He continues to tour today and is widely regarded as the greatest living conga player.
Simon Langlois works as a sideman with musicians of every style. He is a real drumming chameleon : one night he can be playing with an acoustic jazz trio and the day after he will be recording for a pop artist or trashing and sweating with a heavy metal band. He has also toured around the world with jazz fusion bass player Alain Caron since the age of 23. Simon is known for his incredible passion for, and dedication to, his instrument. Some people call him the "drum doctor" because of his ability to take any drummer's weakness and transform it into a stength. His drumming is all about power, feel and pocket playing.
Drumming since the age of five and now playing with the world famous band Dream Theater, Mike Mangini first gained notoriety as the drummer for the rock band Extreme, where he quickly established his reputation as a rock-drumming virtuoso. His style is an amalgamation of speed, power, dexterity, and pure musicality. Mike's list of credits includes artists such as Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Nuno Bettencourt, and Annihilator. Mike is also notorious for having held the record for three out of four World's Fastest Drummer records. Mike has been a teacher at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has written two books on drumming technique. These books, titled Rhythm Knowledge are a practice method for deconstructing and simplifying complex polyrhythms and time signatures.
Born in France in 1974, Flo Mounier moved to Chicago 7 years later, where at the age of 13 the ground work was laid and his drumming career started with drum teacher Tony Castelli. A year later, and now in Montreal, he continued to gather ammunition and to develop his skills. His hard work paid off as he soon became one of the most recognized drummers within the metal scene. Drummer for the band Cryptopsy (formerly known as Necrosis), he has toured Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States as a headlining act over the last 3 years, and combined record sales have reached over 145,000 copies to date.
Characterized as a "force of rhythmic nature", Raul Rekow is a self-taught percussionist who has mastered the art of Afro-Cuban beats. Raul has played congas with Carlos Santana since 1976, participating in the groundbreaking melding of Latin, rock, and funk styles that characterizes the band's history. For over twenty years, Rekow has added his pulsating and colorful rhythms to the Santana sound that has captivated audiences worldwide. Over the years, Raul has also lent his talents to recording and performing artists, including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Tremaine Hawkins, and Herbie Hancock. He has a 'Signature Series' conga drum and bongo made by Latin Percussion and has developed an interactive DVD where students and fans can play along with his magical beats.
Location: Orford Arts Centre.
Mount Orford, Quebec, Canada
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