23 November 2014
Zildjian Day 2014
The Zildjan Day show in London features live performances from Mike Mangini, Gavin Harrison, Andy Gangadeen, Steve White and Steve Sidelnyk.
Mike Mangini has successfully applied his Rhythm Knowledge learning method to all styles of music, from classical & jazz to speed metal. He has consistently developed both the melodic and rhythmic sides of his musical personality. He has documented his command of these styles on recordings, with Internationally Renown and Multi Platinum Selling bands, as a multi-time Grammy nominee, as the featured clinician at most every drum festival in the world, and as a full-time faculty member at Berklee College of Music along with being named to their Educational Committee and as Advisor to the Percussion students. Mike’s latest achievement was his successful audition to become the new, official drummer for progressive-metal’s reigning kings, Dream Theater.
He is both teacher and student. He has been performing since the age of 4 and studying music since age 5. He studied percussion privately with Walter Tokarczyk (Public School System, Waltham, MA), from age 10 through 18. Since 1987 he has given private instruction to drummers, guitarists, and pianists. Michael completed his first drum clinic tour in 1996, and since then he has traveled the world as a clinician selling out venues in over 40 countries. The principles on which he based his extraordinary style can be found in his publications entitled Rhythm Knowledge Volumes I and II.
His numerous awards include: Official Multi Category W.F.D. World’s Fastest Drummer, Boston’s Best Drummer/Rhythm Section; NAJE All Eastern United States Percussionist – First Chair; All Massachusetts Jazz Band Drummer – First Chair; All Massachusetts Concert Band Percussionist – First Chair; All Massachusetts (N.E. District) Jazz Band Drummer – First Chair; Concert Band Percussionist (N.E. District) First Chair., and he appears in Drum Magazine Reader’s Polls yearly.
He has spent time in the recording studios. His more celebrated Rock credits include his 6 records in 4 years with Steve Vai, Waiting for the Punchline by Extreme, Set the World on Fire, Metal & All for You by Annihilator, (Mullmuzzler 1, 2, and Elements of Persuasion) with Dream Theater’s James LaBrie, Tourist by Pop Artist Chris Emerson, and now Dream Theater.
In 1998 Gavin played a stadium tour with Baglioni again playing to enormous crowds in venues like the Olympic Stadium in Rome (in front of 92,000 people) San Siro in Milan (85,000) and so on around the football stadiums of Italy. In 2000 Gavin became musical director of UK garage legends Artful Dodger and around this time started to work with the highly acclaimed soul artist Lewis Taylor. Afterwards Gavin played tours with Go West and Lisa Stansfield. in early 2002 Gavin was invited to join the art rock band Porcupine Tree and has played with them ever since – recording the albums In Absentia (2002) and Deadwing (2005) and making several tours of the USA and Europe. Gavin has written two educational drum methods – the award winning Rhythmic Illusions and Rhythmic Perspectives and two DVD’s Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons.
Steve worked on the new Paul Weller album and pursuing his career as an educator and supporting Charlton Athletic on his few and far between days off. The past year has seen Steve in a diverse set of musical circumstances from Trio Valore concerts and festivals in Europe, (following up the Hammond trios acclaimed album return of the iron monkey), to gracing the stage with rock legend Jon Lord for royalty in Luxembourg, to 40,000 people in Sao Paulo Brazil and all whilst still managing to perform at the fantastic ZDAA evening for Ginger Baker. This summer sees Steve host the tenth anniversary of the Freddie Gee Drum Academy in August 2009. During September 2009 Steve will be performing at the prestigious 40th anniversary of Jon Lord’s Concerto for group and orchestra with the RTE Orchestra in Ireland. In October, the Trio Valore travel to Japan for shows. Steve has branched out into production work handling desk and drumming duties for exciting British singer and songwriter Sam Gray. In the later part of 2010, steve will be undertaking a significant UK clinic tour and continuing his teaching activities UK wide. Steve was also recently appointed Patron of the Northern Academy of Contemporary Music in Durham.
Andy is without a doubt one of the most popular drummers in the UK. His early credits include ‘Lisa Stansfield’, ‘Massive Attack’, ‘Duran Duran’, ‘Jeff Beck’, ‘Tonight with Jonathan Ross’ and ‘Spice Girls’. An interest in electronics led Andy to develop techniques allowing programmed sounds to be realised live through his kit. The ‘Gangascope’, a gyroscopic drum frame of his own design complemented the futuristic look and feel of the music and is now synonymous with Andy’s presence on stage with acts like ‘Chase and Status’. His own band ‘The Bays’ achieved a cult following with their improvised live performances, headlining festivals around the world without ever releasing a record. Instead, fans were introduced to the then revolutionary concept of free downloads of the gigs via the band’s own website. In 2011 Andy established his own company 101 Artists to facilitate the increasing demand for his services as a Musical Director. With a special interest in breaking new electronic acts, his current roster includes ‘Rudimental,’ ‘Clean Bandit’, ‘Gorgon City’, ‘Rae Morris’ and ‘Years and Years’. “Zildjian has always kept up with new changes in music, making it very easy for me to find the right high end frequencies required when creating ‘the groove.’
Steve Sidelnyk got his start touring with the band Style Council as a percussionist in 1983. He also toured with The Blow Monkeys, Aztec Camera, Yazz, Tetsuya Komuro and The Soup Dragons as a percussionist through the mid 80’s into the 90’s. He played drums for Primal Scream and Massive Attack in the mid 90’s and returned to percussion for The Verve in 1998. He got the drumming gig with Madonna in 2000 and remained with her for 7 years.