I hope everyone is enjoying this great spring weather. I love this time of year because I get to start sharing all of the music and creative projects that I have been working on while being all cooped up in my studio all winter trying to avoid the cold weather!
In this newsletter I'd like to share a new music video that I worked hard on with my friends over at LP. I'd also like to share an upcoming gig with Orgy in Rhythm, Nation Beat and more.
I look forward to seeing you at one of my upcoming shows or workshops. Best
Scott KettnerVisit my website here.
|Scott Kettner's ORGY IN RHYTHM|
We will be playing at
BARBES this Saturday night, March 31st.
The latest creative output of Nation Beat and Maracatu New York ringleader Scott Kettner is a funk infused brass band that performs infectiously live dance music from northeastern Brazil and New Orleans. This group travels between North and South America as if there were no borders or passports needed. Ranging from fresh originals to forró classics, this Brooklyn-based group throws a global dance party you wont forget.
The band playing before us is AMAZING and you should all come early and check out these drummers from South Korea. Check out Sonagi Project's website. There might even be some collaboration going on between both groups!?
George Saenz: trombone
Paul Carlon: Tenor Sax
Rob Curto: accordion
George Rush: tuba
Scott Kettner: drums & percussion
Maracatu Drumset + Slide Berimbau VIDEO
| I'm really happy to share this video with all of you! My friends at LP came to me a few months ago and asked me to check out their new "Jingle Kick" that they came up with. It's a small tambourine beater that you can easily slide into your bass drum pedal. I mounted a jam block on my bass drum pedal but you can mount almost anything you want or even use the Jingle Kick on a bass drum. (I'm using it in my left foot on this video) Once I started playing around with it I got obsessed with creating a drum set that didn't have any conventional components to it. I did some sessions with some friends in my studio who encouraged me to continue building the kit. Little by little I started adding as many percussion instruments as I could that made melodic sense. I have Stanton Moore's new pandeiro mounted to my right and tuned high like a tom and I'm using Michael Spiro's Hi Hat shekeré. For a bass drum and floor tom I'm using Maureliano's alfaias from Recife, Brazil. The only conventional elements to this kit is my TAMA Steel Starphonic snare and an 18" Sabian HHX. I should also mention the slide blues berimbau that I have mounted. That idea came to me when I was watching a documentary about the history of the blues. I discovered that the early slide blues cats were nailing a metal wire onto a wall and hitting it with a stick and sliding with a bottle neck. This gave me the idea to mount the berimbau and play it like a slide blues guitar.|
I hope you enjoy. Watch the video here.
|Nation Beat goes to Europe!|
Nation Beat is proud to announce our first European tour in the end of June. We will be posting tour dates very soon. We also have an awesome Brooklyn performance that we will be announcing very soon too!
Visit the Nation Beat website here to listen to some free tracks.
|Shout Out in DRUM! Magazine|
It's so awesome to see my good friend Stanton Moore on the cover of this month's issue of DRUM! magazine. It's a great article about his band Galactic's new CD and his New Orleans roots. It's also super cool that he gave me a shout out in the article. I was happy to read this and to learn that a lot of the stuff that him and I have been working on made it onto the new Galactic CD.
"I was trying to dig deeper to come up with stuff I hadn't before. A guy named Scott Kettner has been blending New Orleans and northeastern Brazilian rhythms and we have been meeting and sharing ideas. I just took a lot from him to come up with a bunch of grooves. It was a learning experience". -Stanton Moore