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Video  —  Posted: March 2, 2013 in CLASSES / WORKSHOPS / CLINICS, HSC, PERFORMANCES
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The rehearsals in Derry for the Political Mother: Derry~Londonderry Uncut performances in March are full on. Good times.

For more details about the shows:
http://www.cityofculture2013.com/event/political-mother-derry-londonderry-uncut/

Video  —  Posted: February 3, 2013 in CLASSES / WORKSHOPS / CLINICS, HSC, PERFORMANCES, PROJECTS / REHEARSALS, TOUR
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What a great weekend

Posted: December 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

Recording Studio. 3 days. No plan at all about what we were going to do. Pure joy and so much fun. And now:

Task 1 – listen to all the material and select the good stuff / Task 2 – Overdubs / Task 3 – mix

All in all – great feeling of freedom and joy.

With Vincenzo Lamagna on guitars, Domenico Angarano on bass and Moshik Kop behind the desk.

I wanted to share a nice video that I just saw about the auditions for musicians that we did in Derry for the Political Mother Derry~Londonderry Uncut.

The performances are going to happen in  March and I am going to spend a lot of time in Derry this winter for the project. I am excited about it because there is a lot to learn about the place and the people, and it exciting to put the show up with the young musicians from the city.

TEDx Talk online

Posted: October 23, 2012 in CLASSES / WORKSHOPS / CLINICS

For larger images form the event click on the photos below:

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Good bye Steve

Posted: October 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

A humble person, with no ego, super funny, loud, musical and supportive – That’s what Steve Prosser was.

I had the massive pleasure to study with him and to meet him many times as a friend.  He is definitely one of the biggest inspirations that I got from Berklee and I have no doubt that I am not alone when I say that.

Steve – Thanks a lot for everything. I am sure that you are in good hands now. Big love.

R.I.P.

 

I just came back from Derry after three very intensive and emotional days thanks to the Hofesh Shechter Company and LIFT. It was the first visit towards a big musical project that we are going to do there in the winter, and it feels like another challenging and inspiring adventure which I am very excited to be involved with.

I have met very nice people and had the pleasure to meet and listen to some great musicians.

I have heard so many things in the past about the big conflict in Ireland and probably coming from Israel makes a visit like this even a stronger experience. Hearing it on the news is not the same experience as it was being there, meeting the people face to face, and listen directly to their stories.

I was very interested to hear the stories behind the two main drums that are being used in Irish music. One of them is the Bodrhan. I have been using the “brothers” of this drum such as the Daf and Bendir but it was the first time for me to learn the stick technique from the local musicians. Here is Richard showing a nice groove on the Bodrhan:

And here are Helen Shute – the Executive Director of Hofesh, and Rebekah Allan – a great viola player (she actually plays the violin…) from the company having their first try ever on the Lambeg. It was the first time that I have heard about this beautiful and very noisy (!!!) drum. It is used with extremely tight heads and it has special curved sticks.

The project will happen in the beginning of 2013 and I am really looking forward to it.

Ted x Talk

Posted: July 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

I am very honoured to be invited to talk on TEDxJaffa. The event will take place on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, Israel. 

If you are in Israel in the beginning of September and interested to attend just follow this link: Application

We are very used to play in 4/4 and 3/4 times and their realtives such as 6/8, 12/8 and 2/4. In a three hour workshop yesterday we explored some less familiar time signatures and focused especially on 7/8 and 7/4.

The guys I was working with were the great gang from the Hofesh Shechter Company. It was probably the first time for most of them to deal with 7 pulses in a bar and they did great. Of course sometimes people felt a bit lost, but most of the time we were sitting nicely on the beat and some cool grooves were happening.

Good fun.


Finally the studio is up and running and I am happy to share the first video from there. This video gives a clearer demonstration (hopefully…) to the Paracircle exercise that was published a while ago on the exercises page. This exercise explores the Paraddidle  in 7 different shapes.

For the full chart of the exercise click here: The Paracircle