Events Benny Greb & Pete Lockett Drum Clinic – Wellington
Benny Greb & Pete Lockett Drum Clinic – Wellington
Rockshop is proud to present two of the finest drummers/percussionists on the planet.
This is a rare opportunity to experience these world-class players up close and personal.
DATE: Wednesday 29 August
VENUE: Little Theatre – 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt 5010
TICKETS: $20, available at your local Rockshop
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Benny Greb has become one of Germany’s leading drummers, driven by a mixture of passion, creativity and control. He is a much sought after sideman and a successful educator at clinics and drum camps, but most of all he is pouring all his heart and soul into his own musical projects like the trio Moving Hearts. Experts all over the world have been praising his talents – he was awarded Germany’s acclaimed Echo Jazz 2016, and for three consecutive years, the American Drum Magazine elected him “the world’s best clinician”. Among fellow musicians and fans, he is mostly renowned for one thing though: his dynamic groove.
There is a wide range of signature products that were designed following Benny Greb’s suggestions and ideas – for instance a Sonor snare drum, a Meinl cymbal set and a set of drum sticks for Vic Frith. Greb’s DVD The Language Of Drumming became the bestselling music tuition video worldwide in 2009.
Greb also thrived as a professional musician. He supported well-known German musicians like Stoppok, Thomas D. or Mark Forster as a sideman. Together with the prestigious NDR radio orchestra, he performed Frank Zappa songs, and he played with jazz musician Nils Wülker.
His modern playing style combines many different influences with a lot of depth and a wealth of nuances, but Greb insists to emphasise the musical and emotional side of his sound instead of the technical aspects. “I want to reach out to drum fans and average music listeners at the same time”, he says. “If the audience just sits there, saying, oh, how interesting, I didn’t to a good job. What counts is the energy that will have the listener realise: Wow, those guys are just playing their asses off.
Award winning musician Pete Lockett is one of the most versatile and prolific percussionists in the World. His percussive skills range from traditional Carnatic and Hindustani music of North and South India to traditional Japanese taiko drumming; from blues, funk and rock to classical, folk and ethnic and from Arabic to Electronic.
Pete has recorded and/or performed with Björk, Peter Gabriel, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Robert Plant, Dido, Bill Bruford, Jeff Beck, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Jasraj, The Verve, Texas, Trans-Global Underground, Nelly Furtado, Lee Scratch Perry, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Roopkumar Rathod, Niladri Kumar, Primal Scream, Damien Rice, Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Jarvis Cocker, Craig Armstrong, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), U Shrinivas, Ronan Keating, Vanessa-Mae, Errol Brown, Rory Gallagher, Pet Shop Boys, Hari Haran, Kodo, Amy Winehouse, Mel C, A R Rahman, Sinead O'Conner and many more! Pete arranged and recorded all the ethnic percussion for five 007 ‘Bond’ films and many other Hollywood blockbusters.
Pete Lockett’s clinic / performance is an incredibly dynamic, entertaining and informative showcase of drumming and percussion from every part of the globe. The exploration of world rhythms is complemented by subtle sound design, electronics and captivating visuals. The combination of sound textures, powerful pulsing grooves and virtuosic solos has captivated & entertained audiences worldwide
The relationship between drum set and percussion is explored in depth with a focus on odd time signatures, solo and theme development, rhythmic modulations, sticking ideas and orchestration of Indian rhythms and percussion ideas on drum set and percussion.
On the strength of his solo shows, Pete was thrice voted #1 BEST WORLD PERCUSSIONIST by the readers of DRUM magazine in the USA.