The Supportive Percussionist w/Valentino P.

The Supportive Percussionist w/Valentino P.

Valentino P.

Sunday, September 23rd - Thursday, October 4th

6:30 pm

$300 Early Bird before Sept 4th / $310 Regular

The Supportive Percussionist
This intermediate class is designed for percussionists who have performance experience or want to become better performers. We will delve into performance and study techniques for stage and studio work. We will explore the role of percussion instruments across many different musical styles, including: Latin, Funk/Soul, Rock/Folk, Reggae and others. We will go in-depth, breaking down the pros and cons of different approaches and how to identify dynamic sensitivities that build and improve a piece of music. Through listening and analysis of original and well-known songs, we will learn techniques for quick part/pattern implementation that will unlock the rhythmic potential in each piece. We will have fun soloing, while learning how to personalize our approach appropriately within the needs of a song. A portion of each class will be dedicated to warming-up and proper technique.

For the final class, students will be invited to demonstrate their new skills playing alongside professional musicians. Family and friends are welcome to attend the showcase.

NOTE: Students are required to bring their own instrument(s). This class is open to all forms of hand percussion and I will do my best to provide an overview for each instrument that pertains to the weekly lesson. Students should bring note taking/audio recording tools to each class.
Valentino P.
Valentino P.
Valentino, a.k.a. Valentino Peeps, is a Bay Area native whose artwork is Music. He co-founded Reclaim-Music (Music/ Event production, Recording Studio) in 2006 and went on to build the production company, StarFire Global Music Group in 2012. He has freelanced as a drummer/percussionist since 1997 and as songwriter/vocalist since 2002.

Blessed by the support of his family and their vast musical tastes, Valentino began music lessons at the age of six- piano, followed by the violin, followed by the guitar. At nine years of age he fell deeply in love with the drum set.

Private study, Bay area public schools and local bands built his experience performing Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk, Rock & Roll, Soul, and various Latin Music. Composition and drumming has now taken Valentino around the world and given him an identity in the Bay Area music scene. Valentino is currently writing and producing for variety of joint projects as well as
writing, performing and producing his solo work.

Valentino has worked with AguaLibre (formerly O-Maya), Femi Andrade, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jonathan Finlayson, Dayna Stevens, The Hogan Brothers, Michael " Mike Tiger " Aaburg, Destani Wolf, Terry Disley, Daniel Lucca Parenti, Boon, Dynamic, Antique Naked Soul, Valerie Troutt, Steve Taylor, Kirby Dominant, Zion-I, Crown City Rockers, Headnodic, Alphabet Rockers, Hawk Beatz, Bicasso, Malik Ameer, Prophets of Rage, Rico Pabon, John Santos, Pete Escovido, Greg Landau, Joowan Kim, Piero Infante, Orlando Torriente, Digital Underground, J. Mage, Dream Dance Company, The Embodiment Project, the late Bay Area Jazz Greats Ed Kelly and Robert Porter, The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble just to name a few. Valentino's legacy is one of positivity and impressive musical taste that will no doubt move the spirit of listeners all over the world!