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Modern Drummer Festival 2002
Part Two: Sunday Performances
15th Annual MD Festival Sunday
Last week I featured artists from Saturday's Modern Drummer Fest (see sidebar), this week I conclude with the Sunday scoop.
The Reyes Family
Once Danny got the audience going with his percussive prowess, his brother Walfredo Jr. took his turn soloing on the drum kit. Last, but certainly not least, father Walfredo Sr. delighted the crowd with an extended solo on his setup, which included various Latin percussion instruments and a traditional kit.
Altogether, the Reyes family made for a powerful opening performance.
Furio played a solo complete with floor tom pitch changes unusually produced by blowing air in and out of the drum's airhole from a rubber tube in his mouth. (See photo below.)
After the solo, Furio took questions from the audience (with help from his translator).
He immediately impressed me as having a terrific mix of Monster Chops and Showmanship. Lang's performance was truly a high point of this year's MD Fest.
A composer and inventor (who played a large part in the development of the Yamaha HipGig drum kit he plays), Rick closed the MD Fest Weekend with a crowd pleasing performance featuring bassist/vocalist Will Lee (who plays in the David Letterman Band and has performed with many artists including like Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, and Boz Scaggs) and guitarist Ross Bolton (who has worked with The Beach Boys, Sheena Easton, Al Jarreau, David Benoit and many others).
As if there wasn't enough talent on stage already, Rick brought out special guest artist Tom Scott to join in the fun.
And, for the grand finale, both Ross and Will each jumped on one of the three HipGig drumsets on stage and joined Rick in a three drumset ensemble!
The closing number brought the crowd of more than a thousand DrumHeads to their feet and rightfully so.
Ron and Isabel Spagnardi, Rick Van Horn, and the rest of the MD crew had done another fine job, for the 15th year in a row. I'd say that's an enviable track record.
Here's looking forward to the next 15! I'll be there, how about you?
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