Tuesday, August 14, 2012

London Drum Show confirms new artists

The London Drum Show 2012, set to take place at the Olympia Conference Centre on October 13 and 14, has confirmed new artists, including main stage performances by Virgil Donati, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Derek Roddy plus a masterclass by Andy Treacey and Sudha Kheterpal.

Virgil Donati
Kicking things off on Saturday 13th October is technical virtuo Virgil Donati. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Virgil Donati is known amongst professional drummers as a technical virtuoso, having developed incredible power and flexibility (whilst playing traditional grip), mastered polyrhythyms, odd-time playing and intricate phrasing, attained blinding quickness and powerful, metronomic precision - all with a rare attention to showmanship and visual playing.

Virgil has played with Planet X, Steve Vai and Mick Jagger among others.

Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
Grammy Award winner Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez will also take to the Main Stage on the Saturday of the show.

Horacio has played with jazz legends like McCoy Tyner and Michel Camilo, rock stars like Carlos Santana and Steve Winwood. "El Negro" is a member of the faculties of Drummer's Collective and the New School in New York, regularly conducting clinics and workshops at the Berklee School of Music.

Derek Roddy
On Sunday, October 14, Derek Roddy will take the Main Stage. He is one of the biggest exponents of the blast beat, propelling the style of drumming to the forefront of modern playing in ways no other extreme drummer has done before him.

Derek has drummed with Nile, Malevolent Creation, Serpents Rise, Divine Empire, and Today Is The Day among others. He is author of two books/dvd's: 'The Evolution of Blast Beats' and 'Blast Beats Evolved'.

Andy Treacey & Sudha Kheterpal
The final masterclass, on the Sunday, will feature Andy Treacey and Sudha Kheterpal from electronic dance band Faithless.

Andy has played in a huge variety of bands over the last few years as a full member and session player. He played and recorded with a huge list of artists including Groove Armada, MJ Cole, Galliano, The Tom Robinson Band and The Lightning Seeds.

Sudha Kheterpal has been in Faithless for the last 15 years, enjoying huge global success. Alongside her underground status, she has performed live at legendary clubs like Cream and The Hacienda and has featured as percussionist on records and tours with mainstream artists including Dido, The Spice Girls and Talvin Singh.

For more info please visit londondrumshow.com.

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