Thursday, October 17, 2013

Matt Wilson - "It's Never Boring!"

I was very fortunate to study with drummer Matt Wilson over the course of six months back in 2004 thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. I learned a lot about playing music on the drums and how to start thinking "outside the box" while at the same time strengthening my musical and technical fundamentals on the instrument.

If you've ever seen Matt play live, in particular with his own groups, you'll recognize that you are being treated to a total sonic experience, one that engages and entertains the audience at the same. As Jazz musicians we can all learn something from this, especially in this day and age when Jazz audiences are sometimes dwindling and we are increasingly required to develop new audiences and maintain regular ones at the same time.

Matt gave an excellent talk at last year's JEN conference about this very topic:

And as a testament to what a great educator he is, I also spotted this masterclass of Matt's from earlier this summer:

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