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Discussions in Percussion

A podcast hosted by Damon Grant and Marcos Torres, two NYC based percussionists interviewing other musicians who have the view from behind. Guests will be mostly other percussion players and anyone else who hits, scratches, and shakes things for a living.
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Now displaying: February, 2017
Feb 28, 2017

This week, Damon and Marcos talk about the Oscars, Mardi Gras, & Sergio Mendes, as well as other music news. Damon sits down with Scott Kettner. Scott is the founder of different musical groups with Brazilian influences, specifically the rhythm Maracatu. He also is starting a new World Drum Lesson online site, and hosting a spring Carnival Caravan Retreat in May.

Feb 22, 2017

Damon and Marcos talk to Master Sargent Mark Reilly about the history of rudimental drumming, what the U.S. Army "Old Guard" is all about and other rudimental styles from around the world. They talk about military musician as a career option. Questions are answered from listener letters, some music news and a quick recap of the Grammys.

Feb 14, 2017

Damon and "Kilo" talk to Marcos about different music from Puerto Rico, as well as his influences and teachers. They also talk about his various gigs from Lila Downs, Thalia, Max Weinberg, Gilberto Santa Rosa and even when he was younger in groups like N'Klabe and La Timbistica. 

Feb 7, 2017

Damon and Marcos discuss the Superbowl, Beyonce and follow up on the NEA before interviewing Martin Cohen (Founder of LP and Congahead) and Javier Raez (Producer of Congahead content and winner of YouTube's Next Up award). They talk about Martin's 78th birthday, how he started LP and how he and Javier continue to put out top content through Congahead.

Feb 1, 2017

In addition to Hands On’Semble, Randy has also worked with an extensive array of artists including: reggae superstar Ziggy Marley (on the Grammy winning album Fly Rasta); pianist Larry Karush; The Lian Ensemble (including the Pangea Project with Djivan Gasparyan and Swapan Chaudhuri; and the 2009 UCLALive production of Medea starring Annette Bening); percussionist Adam Rudolph’s “Go: Organic Orchestra” and world percussion group Vashti; projects with Indian slide veena virtuoso Chitravina Ravikiran (including a concert tour of India that also featured Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto and master African drummer Alfred Ladzekpo); a Balkan/Indian collaboration with maestros Aashish Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri, Miroslav Tadic, Vlatko Stefanovski; Romanian pan flute virtuoso Damian Draghici; overtone singer David Hykes; Turkish musician Latif Bolat; Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble; Persian pianist Ardeshir Rohani; pianist Dan Siegel; and South Indian percussionist Poovalur Sriji to name only some.  Randy has also contributed percussion for film soundtracks by composers Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Gary Chang; for television series’ such as Fear Factor; video games such as Uncharted 3 for Sony Play Station; recorded music for the American Conservatory Theater; Southwest Chamber Music (Lou Harrison); and has recorded several extensive percussion sample libraries for software companies such as: Apple (Garage Band), Ilio, and Native Instruments.

Randy Gloss has been on the faculty at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia California since 1999, where he oversees the M.F.A. World Percussion Program and is the current Chairman of the World Music Program.  Randy has also taught at UCLA and LA Music Academy (LAMA), and has been a visiting artist/lecturer/clinician at many universities, music schools and conservatories in the U.S. and abroad. 

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