Hello fans! I am back again in NYC and just finished some recordings at the Big Orange Sheep studio as well as in Systems Two.
The last two months I’ve been busy touring with Dhafer Youssef all over Europe. Here is a photo from France at the Django Reinhardt Festival. We had a nice crowd as you can tell 🙂
In mid June, I was teaching at the Wheeler Jazz Camp and we had a nice group of youngsters this year! It was great to be back in Providence. The camp has been going on for 8 years now and this year we got the Zildjian Cymbals Co. to sponsor us. Big thanks to them and everyone who came to the camp and a special big thanks to Francisco Pais who has been organizing it!
Coming up, I will be doing some more touring with Dhafer, Kavita Shah and Emilio Solla, but more about this later in August!
Happy summer to all and stay in connected!
At the end of May I started the summer tour with Dhafer Youssef’s new band, including Aaron Parks on Piano and Matt Brewer on Bass. Here are some of the highlights of the tour. Looking forward to see some of you in one or many of these venues!
I am also doing masterclasses at the Wheeler Jazz Camp between June 19-23rd which is supported by the Zildjian Company! We are very happy and proud to work together on this!
05/25/2017 COUTANCES (F) JAZZ SOUS LES POMMIERS 05/30/2017 BLOIS (F) ALL THAT JAZZ
06/02/2017 LA FERTÉ SOUS JOUARRE (F) LA FERTÉ JAZZ FESTIVAL
06/03/2017 HAMBURG (D) JAZZ FESTIVAL
06/05/2017 SEVILLIA (S) JAZZ FESTIVAL
06/08/2017 GENEVE (CH) LES ATHENEENNES
06/27/2017 CLUJ (RO) JAZZ FESTIVAL
07/01/2017 FORT KLEBER WOLFI JAZZ FESTIVAL
07/03/2017 CORDOBA (S) FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE GUITARE
07/07/2017 ROTTERDAM (NL)NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL
07/08/2017 SAMOIS SUR SEINE (F)FESTIVAL DJANGO REINHARDT
07/09/2017 VITROLLES (F) CHARLIE JAZZ FESTIVAL
07/29/2017 LECCE (IT) LOCOMOTIVE JAZZ FESTIVAL
08/02/2017 MARCIAC (F) JAZZ IN MARCIAC
08/04/2017 SLOVAKIA JAZZ FEST
08/05/2017 SETE (F) FIESTA SETE
08/11/2017 GAUME (B) GAUME JAZZ FESTIVAL
08/19-20/2017 ASTANA (KZ)
08/27/2017 AUVERNIER (CH)
I just finished a short tour with Lionel Loueke’s trio in Europe. We’ve been playing together as a trio with Massimo Biolcati on bass since 18 years. Here is a clip from the Bray Jazz Fest in Ireland. More to come this month. Stay tuned 🙂
Last year, while I was on tour in Japan, we recorded some of the shows. Here I am playing a solo in 17/4 on Lionel Loueke’s tune, “Even Teens”. I’ve been playing in Lionel’s trio along with Massimo Biolcati on bass for 18 years now and we still keep surprising each other. Taking risks is one of the most exciting thing in life and with this band we definitely do that a lot. Enjoy this video 🙂
We had a great week in Budapest at the Ferenc Liszt Academy and Bartok Conservatory, where I was doing intensive masterclasses every day from 11am to 5pm for 4 days! Great students, great vibe and lots of fun. Big thanks to Geroly Tamas, Hollo Aurel, Bacso Kristof, Olah Tzumo, Karmacsi Zita and my gear family, Zildjian cymbals, DW-drums, Remo drumheads and VicFirth Sticks!
I am going to teach a 4 day masterclass between November 26-29th in Budapest at the Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem – Bartók Béla Zeneművészeti és Hangszerészképző Gyakorló Szakgimnázium; Ferencsik teremben.
1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 1.
If you are interested, click on the image below for more info!
Last year I had the pleasure to visit again the Zildjian factory. As I was there, I picked up some new cymbals. One thing led to another, and before I realized it, I was recording a new video featuring my new and my custom made cymbals . Check it out below: