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Playing live with Aegri Somnia

This month I begin my collaboration as a live percussionist with Aegri Somnia, a neofolk act from Madrid formed by musicians from As Light Dies and Autumnal  which edited their debut album last year.

In “Ad augusta per angusta” they adapt iberian traditional oral songs merged with some modern music like black metal and darkwave, giving birth an obscure projection of the popular folklore where traditional percussion is mixed with gloomy guitar arpeggios and dramatic chants about the dark past of Spain.

Aegri Somnia

The next show will be on december 5th at sala Siroco (C/San Dimas 3) in Madrid from 20:30 with the folk bands Keltika Hispanna and Ursaria.

More polyrhythms with Meshuggah

New drum cover playing an old groovy Meshuggah song from their 1994 EP “None”. The drum beats have an interesting progressive/fusion approach plus their signature polyrhythms:

 

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Dinodrummer!

Just having fun stuffed inside a dinosaur costume practicing ambidextrousness.

John Stanier from Helmet has an unique style and sound which was the reason to play this tune. The main rhythm may seem simple and mechanic but is groovy and fits perfectly with the song. Pay attention to the last rhythm variations for that 6/4 riff.

Behold the first T-Rex drum cover of youtube!
 

dinodrummer

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Percussion performance with Megara

Last month I’ve been invited to play with the band Megara in a percussion ensemble during the live premiere of their new album at Teatro Barceló (Madrid). Here are some takes from the rehearsals and the live show (Alice in Wonderland-oriented) with their drummer Pol DQ and Raquel (drummer of Broken Lingerine).
 

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Playing one-handed

A couple of months ago I broke a finger of my right hand and when the doctor wrapped my arm with paster I knew that I won´t be able to play for at least two months…

But instead of feeling depressed I took the chance to build up my weak hand practicing every day with my pad. After two weeks I improved a lot my control and I began to play one-handed with an open position.

A friend of mine suggested me to play Def Leppard covers and I did it to prove we all can play with just one hand as Rick Allen does.

I hope to motivate other crippled drummers to keep playing and developing skills no matter what limb is useless.

Now I have my hand 100% recovered and I feel a good balance between both hands due this 6 week intensive left hand marathon!

 

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Playing with students

Two recent videos playing along with young and talented students:

Alan Cohen (12 years old) fighting a duel in a reggaeton battle, because there comes a time in every drummer’s life when it’s necessary to face up to the reggaeton beat:

 

 

Nacho Hedroso (11 years old) paying homage to Peter Steele drumming a Type O Negative classic:

 

 

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Bloodhunter rehearsal video

Rehearsal recording with Bloodhunter two years ago for the minitour supporting Nightrage.

 

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April

Here is an old recording -and the only existing evidence- of April. This was the very first song ever written by the band back in 1999. We wrote 9 songs and played a couple of gigs between 1999 and 2001. I was just 20 years old!

 

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New drum cover

Here is a new “old-fashioned” drum cover jamming to “Jerry was a race car driver” by Primus

 

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King Crimson drum cover re-up

Three of a Perfect Pair” drum cover is on-line again on Vimeo, check it out: