The 5th edition of the Montreal Intensive Drumming Day took place on Sept. 30th, 2018, with drummers/clinicians Daniel Bédard and Stéphane Chamberland welcoming Canadian drumming wizard Mark Kelso as their special guest.
The day started with Chamberland showcasing his musicality along with keyboard player Mathieu Fiset. Together, they demonstrated some intricate songs from their project Robojazz and explained how the parts came about. One could hear some drum’n’bass and progressive music influences in Mathieu’s compositions.
Bédard followed, performing songs by Tommy Igoe and Oz Noy. He then shared some technical insights on stick technique and natural body movement using paradiddles. He also discussed ways to get a lot of mileage out of simple linear ideas by using a few different motion concepts.
Kelso closed the day by playing an inspiring musical solo that showcased why he’s such a sought after sideman and leader. He then talked about how one could become a musical player by diving deep into topics like laying back the groove, click displacements, the art of listening, and others from his DVD Musician First, Drummer Second.