“Women In Percussion theme” Rocked the Big Apple at NYU/KoSA/Hit Like a Girl event
For Immediate Release
New York, NY: On February 13th, the NYU Steinhardt Percussion Studies Program (Jonathan Haas, Director) hosted their first-ever collaboration with KoSA (Aldo Mazza, Director) and Hit Like a Girl (David Levine, Director). This year’s event, Celebrating Women in Percussion, included a variety of clinics and masterclasses with artists from around the world, concluding with a Showcase performance on Saturday evening.
Lindsay Artkop from Berklee College, winner of the 2015 – 2016 Hit like a Girl competition, began the day showcasing her impeccable skills on drum set. Following her was Grammy award winner Terri Lyne Carrington, who spoke about her cymbal preferences and journey in her musical career as a drummer. Reynaliz Herrera and her group from Boston, MA performed an original theater and percussion piece, incorporating elements of comedy and drama.
The audience was floored by the fourth session of the day, which featured Valerie Naranjo, percussionist for Saturday Night Live, Broadway’s The Lion King, and NYU Steinhardt faculty member. Very special guests Barry Olsen and the NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble joined Ms. Naranjo for a unique, vibrant, and energetic performance, featuring the music of West Africa. Next up was Cherisse Osei, most recently know for her work with Bryan Ferry and Mika. Her session discussed technique, practice routines, and was filled in with an incredible display of talent and musicianship, as Ms. Osei played along to a variety of tracks. The clinic portion of the day finished with a very special presentation by Julie Spencer and Aldo Mazza. Their friendship, knowledge and experience, and musical skills shined together on stage as they discussed and demonstrated the art of improvisation. As a special treat, their session concluded with a performance by the All-Women Batala New York City Samba and Reggae Group. Their spirit and high-energy had the audience on their feet.
The final event of the day was the Showcase Concert, bringing together artists from around the world for a performance that included a variety of styles and genres. The incredible Julie Spencer and Aldo Mazza performed Ms. Spencer’s work for drum set, marimba, and speech, Everybody Talks about Freedom. Next we were treated to Katy Clinch and the Juilliard Pre-College Percussion Ensemble, performing Nigel Westlake’s masterpiece, Ompholo Centric Lecture. NYU’s very own Palladium Percussion quartet performed Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet and an original work entitled At Least It’s Raining, composed by ensemble member Luis Jácome. The Showcase Concert concluded with an unbelievable performance by the School of Rock All Girl All Star Band. This talented ensemble, made up of musicians from the Tri-State area, performed a variety of songs by artists such as Led Zeppelin and Steely Dan. The atmosphere was electric as the girls finished their set.
A special thanks to all of the individuals that made this event possible, including Jonathan Haas, Aldo Mazza, David Levine, event Co-Directors Rose Egan and Luz Carime Santa-Coloma, NYU Steinhardt and the Frederick Loewe Theatre staff and crew, and lastly, to all of our sponsors who laid the foundation for this incredible event- Tama , Zildjian, KoSA Music, Mapex, Ludwig, Vic Firth, Mike Balter, Sabian, NYU, Hit Like a Girl, School of Rock, LP, Evans, Pro Mark, Nork Musik Gibraltar, DW Remo.
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