Esplanade Presents | Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts


Percussion Workshop

Mohamad Noor and Steve Thornton (Singapore, USA)
18 Nov 2017Sat
2hrs (including breaks)
Esplanade Rehearsal Studio
Advisory: Recommended for audiences aged 13 years and above.
The workshop is targeted at musicians and students with at least 3-5 years of performing experience.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments.
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Percussionists, rejoice. Take your drumming skills to the next level in this workshop led by world renowned conga player Steve Thornton, facilitated by Mohamed Noor. Find out interesting facts about the similarities between Latin and Indian rhythms, and how they influenced each other through the years. Learn how to blend the rhythms and see where the sounds take you.

About Steve
At the age of seven, Steve heard Mongo Santamaria playing Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man. He was so inspired by the legendary drummer that he taught himself to play the congas by listening to the album over and over again. In 1968, Steve formed his first group, The Young Explosives, a four-piece Latin jazz ensemble. They performed on local television station Channel 5's Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant and appeared in school talent shows and even performed at the Apollo Theatre. In 1969, Steve met Mongo Santamaria at New York’s Club Beacon on 111 Street and Lennox Avenue. When he told Mongo how much he admired him, Mongo challenged Steve to play congas with his band. His first professional appearance was with Jon Lucien's 1972 national tour. He played for pianist Dom Salvador and percussionist Dom Um Romao’s Brazilian band, then went on to become the conga player for Harry Belafonte. Steve has performed live and made recordings with some of the most well-known jazz artists in the world, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Ayers, Grover Washington Jr., McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Sadao Watanabe, Tania Maria and David Sanborn. Steve is now arranging, composing and producing his own blend of music, incorporating and expanding on everything he has learned in his musical sojourn.

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