Welcome the DrumMantra Masters Series!

Hosted by Rich Stitzel, creator of The DrumMantra

 Upcoming Guest:

Dan Weiss

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Time: 11:30am CST (+7 GMT)

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Join Rich Stitzel, author, educator, and creator of DrumMantra, as he hosts a masterclass with some of today's leading players & educators!




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Shifting Foundation grantee Dan Weiss has been hailed as one of the top five jazz drummers in The New York Times, and his large ensemble recording "Fourteen" made the top ten list of their best recordings of 2014. Weiss’s innovative drumming and forward thinking compositions have been pushing musical limits for years.

With his piano trio, he’s released two recordings entitled, "Now Yes When" (2006) and "Timshel" (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endless creative improvisation. Weiss also leads his sixteen piece large ensemble that features some of NYC's most gifted musicians. The two albums " Fourteen" (2014) and "Sixteen: Drummers Suite" (2016) released on the Pi record label have made numerous critic polls. His newest project features Craig Taborn, Matt Mitchell, Ben Monder, and Trevor Dunn and is an amalgam of jazz, metal, and new music. The recording will be released on the Pi record label in the Spring of 2018.

Weiss has been studying tabla under Pandit Samir Chatterjee for twenty years. He has performed with the legendary Ashish Khan and Ramesh Misra and recorded a solo tabla cd "3dcd" (2007). Weiss recorded two groundbreaking cds "Teental Drumset Solo" (2005) and "Jhaptal Drumset Solo" (2011) where he performs classical Indian repertoire on drum set.

Weiss was named 'The Top Up and Coming Percussionist' 2 years in a row in the 60th and 61st annual Downbeat's Critic's Poll and earned a spot in Modern Drummer’s coveted Top 5 Jazz Drummers of 2014.

Advice to Aspiring Musicians: 

"Practice hard, practice harder when you feel like you have nothing left in the tank. Be on time. Listen to entire recordings over and over again. Play with recordings. Keep a positive attitude. Push yourself to be the worst in the band: you will grow exponentially if you do that often. When you play with musicians who are of a lesser caliber try and make them sound better than they are. Write music. There should be a time in your life when there is nothing but music. Don’t give up if it is in your heart to be a musician."

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What Level Player Is Appropriate For The Masters Session?

Most Masters Sessions are for upper/intermediate to advanced level players. You are welcome to join and just watch if you are unable to play the material in real-time during the session. Just experiencing the presentation and interacting with the guests will be a huge benefit to your overall musicianship.

What you will need for the Masters Session:

  • Computer, phone or tablet with internet connection
  • Headphones if you need isolation
  • At least one practice pad
  • Drum Throne
  • Sticks
  • Optional - bd pedal & practice pad (stomping your foot on the floor or a book works fine, too)
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Past Guests on the DrumMantra Masters Series:

You can still purchase access to any masterclass & get the pdf download of these sessions.

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