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PLOTZ! ALERT!

plotz flyer 9-3-2016

Get your shoes and socks on people, it’s right around the corner! PLOTZ! is playing three sets of music starting at 7 pm this Saturday at Squashed Grapes in Ventura. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 9/3/16 @ 7 pm
Squashed Grapes
2351 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93003

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Daniel Rosenboom – trumpets
Gavin Templeton – saxophones
Brian Walsh – clarinets and saxophones
Jake Vossler – guitar
Orest Balaban – bass
Austin Wrinkle – drums

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Austin Wrinkle Awarded 1st Runner-Up for “World Percussionist Of The Year” In Drum! Magazine’s 2014 Drummies Awards

 

Drummie Award

I am truly humbled and excited to be awarded 1st Runner-Up for “World Percussionist Of The Year” in Drum! Magazine’s 2014 Drummies Artist Awards.  To see my name in the company of such accomplished and talented musicians is a great honor indeed!

Here’s a link to a list of all the 2014 Artist Awards as voted by the readers of DRUM! Magazine and DRUMmagazine.com http://www.drummagazine.com/drummies/artist-archive/2014

John BergamoIn Memoriam:  John Bergamo 1940-2013
My dear friend, teacher, and life mentor.
Thank you for all you gave us.  We will miss you Guruji.

John’s influence on my life is profound. An incredibly innovative musician and composer, he taught me not just about music, but more so about life and the way to be. He had such a beautiful charisma about him that touched everyone he met. He was an incredibly kind and giving person. He had a great sense of humor, and we shared so many laughs together. I feel so very lucky to have known John.
I met John at my audition for Cal Arts in the summer of ’91. I was as green as they come and incredibly nervous, but John’s warmth immediately put me at ease. The audition turned into more of a lesson when he asked me to play some basic rudiments on the snare drum… When I played paradiddles he asked if I could play the paradiddle in triplet speed. The concept had never even occurred to me. I couldn’t come close to doing it. John explained and demonstrated. That was the first of many lights that John turned on in my musical development. I left the audition thinking that there was no way I’m getting into Cal Arts. To my surprise, a couple weeks later I got the call that I’d been accepted. I couldn’t believe it. I thought I had played terrible, but John saw the potential in me. Thank you John. That was the beginning of a long relationship with John as a friend, teacher, bandmate, and a true life mentor. Thank you John for everything and for being you. We will miss you deeply.
Shradhanjali.
-Austin Wrinkle

Intro To Hand Drumming Class at Pulse Drumming

Four sessions 1 hour sessions on Thursday evenings starting August 22nd.

INTRO TO HAND DRUMMING!
Open to students of all playing levels. An introduction to the fundamentals of rhythm and hand drumming technique.  Learn exercises to develop a stronger sense of rhythm, as well as a sampling of rhythms from Africa, India, and the Middle East.

Austin Intro to World MusicPLACE:  Pulse Drumming, LLC 2434 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93003
DATE: August 22, 29 & Sept 5, 12, 2013
TIME:  6 – 7 pm
Age 12 years +

World Percussion Ensemble at Pulse Drumming

Four sessions 1 hour sessions on Thursday evenings starting August 22nd.

WORLD PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE!
Prerequisite: Completion of Intro to Hand Drumming class and/or Instructors Permission. An ensemble which explores a cross-cultural approach to drumming by playing pieces influenced by rhythms from Africa, India, and the Middle East.

Austin World Percussion EnsemblePLACE:  Pulse Drumming, LLC 2434 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93003
DATE: August 22, 29 & Sept 5, 12, 2013
TIME:  7:15-8:15pm
Age 12 years +

Drum Lessons

Learn to play music from an experienced and patient teacher.  All ages. Beginners welcome.

Ventura CA and Thousand Oaks CA.

I am currently accepting private students of all ages and all levels of ability. I teach drum set and a number of worldly hand drums including: tabla, kanjira, doumbek, and a variety of frame drums. I also teach universal hand drumming techniques that can be applied to any drum, as well as rhythmic concepts and exercises that will benefit any musician seeking to expand their rhythmic horizons.

More info on my LESSONS page