What is in the near future? We continue our monthly residency at the House of Jazz in Montreal. On August 24th we will produce our next Charlie Haden tribute concert. There will be six guest artists performing in this one and I am very excited about it. We will also be recording it, so keep on the lookout! We are also currently in the process of booking our first U.S. tour for the Spring 2017. We will be touring from Montreal to New Orleans, where we will be spending two days working with renowned musician/producer Delfeayo Marsalis in preparation for the recordings. Immediately upon returning from the tour we will be heading into the studio to record our second album.
What's your greatest fear when you perform? Playing drum solos without accompaniment. Sometimes I get very nervous when I know that it's coming. I combat this fear by meditating and by visualizing myself playing drum solos. I also transcribe other instrumentalist's solos for constant new melodic and harmonic ideas. My favorite three that I have been transcribing a lot of lately are Thelonious Monk, Charlie Rouse and Colin Stetson. I don't translate them in a literal fashion in the way that Ari Hoenig does, but I look at the melodic contours of the solo, as well as their use of different improvisational concepts. I take the melodic contours of the solo and notate them for the drums and then play along to the recording. This helps me to overcome my fear of soloing because if I think melodically then I don't worry about if my inverted flamaflafladiddlediddles were properly executed.
What song would you like played at your funeral? I want no music played but would like there to be 15 minutes of silence so people can find momentary peace through my passing.
What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower? "Els Segadors" by Charlie Haden
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