We learn more, deeper and faster, through doing a creative practice and collectively cooperate in the process of creative socio-spiritual events like music making. Collaborating in the making-realization of a program like TAMBORERO LAB, take us into a different learning path.
TAMBORERO LAB started as a pedagogic idea, introducing and exposing some of my students to a deeper, reacher and more demanding approach to understanding the practice of contemporary drumming, based on fresh compositions and arrangements for drum ensemble.
TAMBORERO LAB adresses an attitude, character and commitment for an exigence and love for percussive art. A self competence for being able to overcome individual limits, weak musical practice habits, lack of drumming concepts and understanding of history and languages. Improvisation abilities and understanding of form and phrasing is at all moments an endeavor to be developed.
The discovering of new ways of approaching drumming within the history perspective. TAMBORERO LAB opens a wide door for the creative musical mind as well as to the profound comprehension of percussive language from its cultural diversity and bordering. Freedom to explore and approaching in our own way the practice and application of a world wide human cultural universal language heritage like drumming is, has to do with evolution of man kind.
A GREAT VOYAGE THROUGH DRUMMING HISTORY AND ITS LANGUAGES AND TECHNIQUES
I started theTAMBORERO in 2004. Inspired by the great percussion ensembles M´Boom by Max Roach, Singing Drums by Pierre Favre, the Milford Graves/Andrew Cyrille/Famoudou Don Moye/Kenny Clark percussion ensemble. Other strong influences were the african musics of Doudou N´Diaje Rose, Boubakar Diagne, Famoudou Konate, among many others. And also there is a profound influence by XX Century Chamber Percussion Music in my approach to composing and arranging for this workshop; the music of Edgar Varese, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Lou Harrison, to name just a few, stands out.
This pedagogic and didactic workshop environment explore into the so diverse territories drum set-percussion music and the instrument itself evolved during the XX Century Music. The repertoire on which the workshop develops is a combination of music vocabularies and percussion techniques, languages and drumming attitudes, that range from Jazz, free improvisation, ethnic music, progressive drumming, orchestral percussion and avant drumming.
TAMBORERO LAB program is based in musical arrangements and compositions that integrates the rhythmics of the World. The sheet music is well prepared to fit into the specific needs of every student, offering a wide open field for the development and refinement of musicality, language and form understanding, technical fluency, phrasing and breathing, music theory, drum sheet music reading, improvisation in style, and more.
TAMBORERO LAB is intended for the serious student of drumming. But it is also an open workshop for amateur practitioners as well as a demanding LAB for the more professional ones.
Some room for experimentation with live poetry, soundscapes, video art...
TAMBORERO LAB 2017-2018
TAMBORERO LAB is now working in residency in CDMX. Offering open permanent session classes every Saturday morning. Planing a series of intensive workshops and concerts during 2017-2018. For more information about the sessions or special events, workshops and concerts please contact me: email@example.com