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  • Upcoming — June 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jun 07, 2021

    Italy Percussion Competition (18th edition)
    When: September 21–26, 2021
    Categories: Marimba, Vibraphone (classical and jazz), Timpani, Snare Drum, and Composition 
    Artists and Adjudicators: MARIMBA: Nebojsa J. Živković, Marta Klimasara, and Denis Petrunin; VIBRAPHONE: David Friedman, Victor Mendoza, and Pierpaolo Bisogno; SNARE DRUM: Fernando Hashimoto, Peter Vulperhorst, and Norbert Rabanser; TIMPANI: John H. Beck, Claudio Romano, and Shiniti Ueno; COMPOSITION: Anders Koppel, Todd Ukena, Eckhard Kopetzki, Leander Kaiser, and Richard LeVan.
    Application Deadline: August 7, 2021
    Registration Fee: 80€
    More Information:

    New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp
    When: Oct. 3–20, 2021
    Where: Departing Miami, FL
    Course of Study: JazzFest at Sea has an incredible lineup this year: it's a who's who of the great players of early jazz! In addition to the internationally acclaimed artists, they will once again be offering more than 30 hours of opportunity for amateur musicians to get up on stage and jam both with the pros and in their own JazzFest Jammer sessions led by the talented John Skillman and Mike Evans. This is in addition to the regular schedule.
    Information: Bret or Cherie at 800-654-8090 or 

  • Upcoming — February 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Feb 01, 2021

    Adam Marcello

    Ableton Live for Drummers Webinar
    Ableton will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 19:00 GMT hosted by Joe Clegg, drummer and Musical Director for Ellie Goulding, Clean Bandit, and Mumford & Sons. In the 90-minute session, Joe and special guest Adam Marcello (drummer and Musical Director for Katy Perry) will discuss their take on hybrid drumming and how they use Ableton Live on stage.

    This webinar is ideal for beginner and intermediate drummers and percussionists interested in using Ableton Live to enhance their performances. It will cover topics including how to connect drum pads, play sampled sounds, complex automation routing, and more. As well as chatting about using Ableton Live, Joe and Adam will share real world, road-tested knowledge alongside anecdotes and behind the scene stories.

    This will be a fully-interactive webinar, live-streamed from Joe’s studio in the UK. He’ll demonstrate the software using his hybrid acoustic kit with additional electronic pads, with Adam joining remotely from Dublin, Ireland using his Roland V-Drums setup. The two drummers will reveal different ways to get the best from Ableton Live by sharing their screens as they perform and work within the program. The applications of the software demonstrated by Joe and Adam will include playing complex programmed drum parts live on drum pads and triggers, switching between sounds, using automation lanes, and harnessing the power of Instrument Racks, Drum Racks, and Chain Selectors. After the comprehensive tips and insight from two of the leading names in hybrid drumming, the webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

    Attendees of the live stream can also take advantage of two great offers. Ableton Live 10, which can be used with all brands of electronic drums, is available with a 90-day free trial at Joe’s drum sample company, Drum Palace, is also offering a free sample of KIK/SNR, which he will be using as a template to illustrate how he approaches sampled sounds in his live performances.

    To attend, sign up at

    Drum Day LADrum Workshop 2021 Products Presentation YouTube Event
    Drum Workshop Inc. (DW) has announced Drum Day LA, a free livestream event celebrating the newest products and more from DW, PDP, Gretsch, and Latin Percussion. The broadcast can be viewed exclusively on the DW YouTube Channel on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at 12:00 noon PST. Segments will also be viewable after the event on each brand’s social media channels. Drum Day LA will feature new product launches presented in a tradeshow booth-like setting, a behind-the-scenes DW Custom Shop factory tour with John Good, and a who’s who of celebrity drummer guest hosts and performers.

    In addition, viewers will able to speak with product experts in real time via YouTube chat. Wood Whisperer, John Good, accompanied by session great Russ Kunkel, will take drum enthusiasts behind the scenes at the California factory, showing off the latest, state-of-the-art drum making advancements and manufacturing techniques. 

    Artist performances to include Keith Carlock, Gergo Borlai, Stanton Moore, Thomas Lang, Tony Royster Jr., and many more. Drum Day LA will be a unique celebration of drummers and percussionists worldwide.

  • 2021 World Vibes Congress

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Dec 19, 2020

    Malletech has announced the continuation of the 8th-annual World Vibes Congress as a live streamed event, taking place on January 2 and 3, 2021.

    The global pandemic has challenged companies within the music industry to get creative on how to do business, interact with consumers, and engage the music community. Malletech has accepted this challenge by planning the first ever live-streamed World Vibes Congress as a two-day event featuring a variety of artists, musical styles, and diverse sessions that will deliver over nine hours of streaming content. 

    “We are excited to have designed an event that will give artists a unique platform to inspire, interact, and educate.  The event will contain a variety of performances, clinics, discussions, and live listening sessions,” says Jim Bailey, Director of Sales and Marketing at Malletech.  “We have also used this opportunity to expand the scope of the event to include not only jazz, but contemporary, pop, and classically focused sessions.”

    This year’s event features such jazz greats as David Friedman, Stefon Harris, Joe Locke, Mike Mainieri, Tony Miceli, and Warren Wolf, while also expanding to feature such contemporary players as Colleen Bernstein, Cameron Leach, Andrea Venet, and more.

    The 2021 World Vibes Congress will take place exclusively on the Malletech YouTube channel and will be live-streamed from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST on January 2 and 3, 2021.  To learn more about the 2021 World Vibes Congress, visit

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