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February 14, 2014

Percussionists from around the world will gather February 15 and 16 for two days of clinics, workshops, competitions and performances at the 2014 PAS KoSA NYU Weekend of Percussion, sponsored by the Percussion Studies Program at the NYU Steinhardt School for Culture, Education and Human Development.

The program kicks off Saturday with a Snare Drum Competition, followed by a series of clinics on such topics as creating percussion for Broadway shows and entrepreneurship in music, capped by a performance headlined by Siberian Percussion Group. Day two of the program will feature lectures and sessions with Jason Haahaim, principal timpanist with the Metropolitan Opera; Pradhanica of the Taalim School of Indian Music; and the world premiere performance of Clozshave.

“The 2014 PAS/KoSA/NYU Weekend of Percussion brings together a treasure trove of talent in all aspects percussion that appeals to all levels – from hobbyists to students to seasoned professionals,” said Jonathan Haas, Director of the NYU Steinhardt Percussion Studies Program.

All events are free and open to the public and will take place at the Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street, New York, NY. For more information, contact Sean Statser at A detailed program is listed below:

Saturday 2/15

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Snare Drum Competition with judges Arnie Lang, Pablo Rieppi, Montgomery Hatch, Pius Cheung and Simon Boyar
11 a.m. – John Hadfield/Shane Shanahan, Modern Applications for Frame Drums
12 p.m. – Javier Diaz, Building the Book: Creating Percussion in a Broadway Show
1:30 p.m. – Youth Percussion Showcase, Siberian Percussion Group, Edward Kurguz, Director; Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble, Peter Saleh, Director; Juilliard Pre-College Percussion Ensemble, Jonathan Haas, Director
2:30 p.m. – Business/Entrepreneurship Clinic: Music Business and Entrepreneurship, with Jim Neglia and Steve Maxwell (Aldo Mazza, moderator)
3:30 p.m. – Hellcats, Playing with Fire while Bearing the Rudimental Torch
4:30 p.m. – Pius Cheung, Between the Notes
5:30 p.m. – Keith Carlock, Creative Grooving
8 p.m. – Showcase Concert, featuring Siberian Percussion Group; NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble; Synchronicity with Jonathan Haas and Steve Beck; Pius Cheung; Eriko Daimo; Lisa Pegher; Iktus Percussion; Excelsis (Women’s percussion Ensemble); Sister City Percussion; and Snare Drum competition winners.

Sunday – 2/16

11 a.m. – Jason Haaheim, Principal Timpanist, Met Orchestra, DELIBERATE PRACTICE, how to do it, and why we do it.
12 p.m. – John Donovan/Gregg Holmann, How the DJ Industry Benefits the Percussion Industry, “DJ Trio” Chris Triola, Jotan Afanador, Jimmy Lopez, Chris Scherer, Mike Eagle, Andrew Barlow, Jay O’Brien, Nymm Drummers
1 p.m. – Anders Astrand/Aldo Mazza, CoolPlay, Hybrid Improv performance – Ian Case, double-neck guitar
2 p.m. – Marcus Santos/Nanny Assis/Memo Acevedo: Brazil! Bahia and Beyond!
3 p.m. – Pradhanica/Taalim School of Indian Music, Application of Indian Rhythms through Percussion and Dance
4:30 p.m. – Concert: Clozshave, Featuring Johnny H (aka, Jonathan Haas): Rockin Kettles; Ian Finkel: “World’s Greatest Xylophonist”; Scott Thomas: vocals; Ken Hatfield: guitar; Ed Sterbenz: bass; and Abbot Finkel: drums.

About NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions:

Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions was established in 1925. Today, 1,600 students majoring in renowned music and performing arts programs are guided by 400 faculty. The department’s degree programs—baccalaureate through doctorate—share the School’s spirit of openness and innovation that encourages the pursuit of high artistic and academic goals. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama).

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Shonna Keogan | (212) 998-6796


Percussionists from as far away as Siberia will perform at the NYU Steinhardt "Weekend of Percussion," Feb. 15-16, 2014

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