Dave’s Drum Shop Presents:
Larnell Lewis Drumming Clinic
Friday, September 19 at 8:00pm > Clock Tower Brew Pub, 89 Clarence St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5L7 > Event Page
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Larnell Lewis was first introduced to drums in church at a very young age. This is where he began to learn to play a variety of styles including gospel music. He worked tirelessly to not only develop his understanding of rhythm, but also studied electric bass and piano to further his knowledge of the melodic and harmonic aspects of music making. During his time at Humber College, Larnell was the 2004 recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, the highest award given by the institution. Although his roots lay in gospel music, Larnell is known for his ability to accurately execute a variety of musical styles. As a result, over the last few years, he has been called upon to perform with a wide range of artists/musicians such as Fred Hammond, Michael Brecker (Verve Records), Dave Leibman, Steve Gadd, Dave Holland (LoJac Music), Tim Ries (Rolling Stones), Salome Bey, Denny Christianson (Justin Time Records, and Head of the Humber College Music Program), Phil Dwyer, Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale, Glenn Lewis, Jully Black, Matt Dusk, and is currently playing with Andrew Craig, Laila Biali, Rinsethealgorithm, Eddie Bullen and many others. Larnell is sponsored by Yamaha Acoustic and Electronic Drums and Hardware, Vater Drum Sticks, Evans Drum Heads, and Zildjian Cymbals.
Wednesday, September 24 at 7:00pm > Dave’s Drum Shop, 390 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0Z1 > Event Page
Because playing drums together was a lot more fun than playing on their own and because both are perfectly capable of sensing and complementing and even challenging one other, René Creemers and Wim de Vries decided to form The Drumbassadors in April 2000. Finally here was a real band without the addition of guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, horns, strings, percussion, background vocals, or dancers!
For several years René and Wim have been working on a routine which has developed into a unique show. Their musical, creative, virtuosic and humorous approach has become highly successful in the international drumming scene. What’s remarkable is that many non-drummers come to see a Drumbassadors performance as well! Their many concerts worldwide are a proof of this. They have formed a platform for René and Wim on which to build up a great deal of experience in playing together.
Stylistically The Drumbassadors combine European, African, and American grooves, sounds, and loops in their own unique way. An essential requirement of their repertoire is that it must consist of ‘songs’. Melody, no matter how simple, is key. They feature the drumkit as a musical instrument with unlimited possibilities. The Drumbassadors run the gamut, from left to right, from top to bottom, from loud to soft, from thick to thin, from green to yellow, from round to square, from fast to slow, and… they do it with confidence!!