Hi everybody! I wanted to share with you that I had the chance of having my latest article published in the august 2015 edition of Modern Drummer Magazine. I talk about the “Paradiddle Challenge” which is a set of exercises inspired by the drumming of Keith Carlock on the song “Chillin'” from Oz Noy’s record “Ha!”. I hope you’ll have fun going through these exercises and that they’ll help you get your drumming to the next level. Have fun practicing!
Hello everybody! I will be teaching a masterclass on august 1st, 3pm. The subject is what I call “The Drum Stroke Mechanics” and I’ll be talking about two techniques (The Free Stroke and the Moeller Stroke) that have been really helpful to me in getting rid of tension while playing. If you are interested, give me a shout as seats are very limited. It will be 30$ to get in. Hope to see you there!
Hi everybody! The Montreal Intensive Drumming Day was a tremendous success. Stéphane Chamberland and myself are very happy about it! Huge thank you to Dom Famularo for sharing his energy and his usual dose of inspiration. And also a huge thank you to everybody who participated in that day.
Follow the link here to see some pictures of that special day taken by Marc-André Cloutier (lastingmotion.com):
Hi everybody, I’m very happy to share with you this new drumming event that I created with my friend, Stéphane Chamberland. Come spend a day with us where we’ll share various ideas, concepts and techniques to take your drumming to the next level. The renown teacher, Dom Famularo, will offer a master class via Skype. Definitely a day not to miss and reserve soon as seats are limited.
Here’s an excerpt from the drum clinic I did on february 17th at the cégep de Drummondville. You’ll hear Max Roach’s The Drums Also Waltzes. I’m basically playing a 3/4 ostinato with my feet and then, once the basic melody is played, I try to express myself over that pattern. I hope you’ll like it.
And for those of you who might be wondering what was the song I closed my clinic with, it is The Egg by bass player extraordinaire Antoine Fafard. It can be found on his record “Ad Perpetuum” which features the drumming madness of Vinnie Colaiuta. Get it here:
Good news! I’ll be doing my second drum clinic at the cégep de Drummondville on february 17th. My clinic is called: “The drum stroke mechanics” and I talk about various hand technique that have been helpful to me. This event will be very special to me as the cégep de Drummondville is where I did my college studies. Big thanks to Vic Firth, Evans Drumheads and Yamaha Drums and to Philippe Brochu who helped me putting this together. Oh yeah!
I’ll be doing my first drum clinic november 20th at Italmélodie, this is pretty exciting! I call this clinic “The Drum Stroke Mechanics” and I’ll share various techniques that have helped me gain in fluidity and relaxation tremendously. I’ll also play a few solos and one song. The show will start at 7 pm and the entrance is free.
Hello everybody! Here’s a brand new clip where you can see me play with my jazz trio, Trio SVD. The band covers some John Scofield, Pat Metheny and Kurt Rosenwinkel songs and also plays its own compositions. You can follow the group on facebook through the link below. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it. Thanks.
Hi everybody! It’s been quite a while since I last updated my website’s front page. Sorry about that, I’ve been quite busy musically and I’ve also became a dad, which also takes quite some time.
Last autumn, I was lucky enough to get a grant to from le conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to go study with John Riley in New York. What an experience! Right now, I still have one more lesson with John and I can say that studying with him has been really inspiring. I strongly encourage you to go meet your idols. Talking about idols, I also got the chance to study with Dave Weckl in his “Ond Day Intensive” classes. We were 12 students picking the brain of master Dave, again, truly inspiring. Being close to the greats drummers makes you want to go to the next level.
Now, I got to go practice all the stuff I’ve been working on with John and Dave. Lots of work ahead of me.
Stay tuned because I have some cool new things coming out for me. More details soon.