Some timely motivation from Quincy Davis:
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Photo ©Wolf Peter Steinheißer
Her career as an independent jazz musician encompasses a diverse array of projects and ensembles in New York and Europe. Since 2022, she has been serving as a lecturer in jazz percussion at the Zurich University of the Arts.
The Mareike Wiening Quintet, featuring longstanding musical partners Rich Perry, Glenn Zaleski, Alex Goodman, and Johannes Felscher, was nominated for the 2022 German Jazz Award. In November 2023, their third album, Reveal, is set to release on the renowned New York label of Dave Douglas, Greenleaf Music.
Concert tours have taken her across Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Norway, Lithuania, Brazil, and the United States. Mareike Wiening has graced prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note NYC, Jazzgallery NY, Jazzclub Unterfahrt, A-trane Berlin, the New York Winter Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and the Elbjazz Hamburg. She has also contributed to musical and theatrical productions in Europe and Off-Broadway shows in New York City. In 2023, she made an appearance in the documentary “Jazz Fever,” which was screened in theatres throughout Germany.
Mareike Wiening has collaborated with renowned musicians such as John Zorn, Stefon Harris, Dan Tepfer, Dayna Stephens, Fabian Almazan, Johannes Enders, Adrian Mears, Ben Wendel, and many others. Her exceptional performances have earned her accolades, and she serves as a MEINL endorser for cymbals and sticks.
Greenleaf website news:
My new album, "Reveal," is an embodiment of my recent life experiences and observations, both global and personal. The process of creating this album began as I looked around at the world, witnessing the significant changes and challenges we've all faced: the global pandemic, the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the political strife not just in the U.S. but across Europe. These tumultuous events, alongside my return to Germany from New York after six years and personal trials, including the loss of a close family member and societal pressures, have deeply influenced my creative process. "Reveal" emerged from a desire not to dwell in the darkness of these challenges, but to find light and hope within them.
I composed the songs during the last year and recorded with my longtime working quintet. But I also had the urge of adding another voice for certain tunes. I always wanted to pair Rich with a second horn player and was looking for strong artistic voice that would fit the overall band sound. That’s why I asked esteemed trumpeter and Greenleaf founder Dave Douglas. He was the perfect fit!
3) What inspired you to pursue the vibe and instrumentation that you did?
4) Was there a particular message you were trying to convey to the listener?
It's about finding beauty and strength in vulnerability, and the transformative power of music to heal and uplift.
5) Who are your influences with regards to your style of writing and playing?
6) What are you practicing/studying/listening to/researching these days?
7) What other current and future projects do you have on the go at the moment?
8) How does the drums and your overall approach to rhythm factor into your compositions and concept?
9) What drummers or other musicians do you consider as influences?
10) What advice do you have for younger, aspiring jazz musicians and jazz drummers?
Monday, November 20, 2023
Monday, November 13, 2023
Thanks for checking in and I'm pleased to offer you the November 2023 edition of The Monday Morning Paradiddle, my occasional and semi-regular jazz drumming variety column (however, I just realized that I haven't published one of these since late July...anyways, here it is. Busy times I suppose!)
I was fortunate to spend some time in New York City earlier this Fall following a busy summer on the road, studying with John Riley, checking out gigs and all my favourite drummers on a nightly basis and, of course, drinking the best coffee I could find in mid-town Manhattan.
Thank you to all of those whose generosity (musically and otherwise) made my time in New York a truly special and inspiring experience. Onwards and Upwards.
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Anyways, here's a collection of interesting things making the rounds around the Four on the Floor office these days...
The Monday Morning Paradiddle - November 2023
1. Vinnie Sperrazza continues to offer great insight and commentary in his ongoing series Chronicles including excellent pieces on:
2. Billy Martin interviewed by the Free Jazz Collective
3. Montreal's Michel Lambert Le Coloriste entrevue par Citizen Jazz
5. Four features and interviews with Max Roach from NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross
6. Kendrick Scott offers his thoughts on Max Roach via PBS, on the heels of the release of the recent documentary Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes on Amercian Masters.
If you haven't seen this excellent work yet, check it out. Now!
7. Check out Sherrie Maricle's excellent collection of drum tips on her YouTube page. Sherrie is the real deal and there are lots of great lessons and things to practice here!
Sadly, Peter passed away last August. I didn't know him very well but our paths did cross on several occasions when we both lived in Montreal during the mid 1990s and I also use his books routinely in my own teaching practice.
Check out Aldo Mazza's interview with Peter from his ongoing series Shaping Your Journey:
9. Montreal bassist Fraser Hollins interviews my teacher and good friend Dave Laing in his ongoing drum and bass interview series The Hook Up:
I am really hoping that Fraser interviews Montreal's Andre White next...
10. Allison Miller playing great drums as always!
11. A great interview and lesson with my good friend Geoff Clapp:
12. Willie Jones III and Rudy Royston both interviewed by the Drum Candy Podcast:
13. 10 Reasons to Love Elvin Jones from Thomas Wendt and the Drum Candy Podcast:
...and 10 Reasons to Love Joe Chambers:
14. Ulysses Owens Jr. and Drumeo offer How to Play Jazz on The Drums:
15. Joe Farnsworth with Emmet Cohen:
16. The 80/20 Drummer interviews John Riley, Dan Weiss and Stanton Moore:
17. Quincy Davis continues to share great concepts and things to practice in his ongoing Q-Tips series on YouTube. There's a wealth of information here folks, so check it out!
18. A few words of wisdom from the always inspiring Matt Wilson:
19. What am I listening to these days?
Allison Miller "Rivers in Our Veins" - Allison Miller (drums)
Don Cherry "Art Deco" - Billy Higgins (drums)
Max Roach & The J.C. White Singers "Lift Every Voice and Sing" - Max Roach (drums)
Kelly Jefferson "Rituals" - Morgan Childs (drums)
Oscar Peterson Trio "Night Train" - Ed Thigpen (drums)
Philly Joe Jones "Drums Around the World" - Philly Joe Jones (drums)
Joel Haynes "The Return!" - Joel Haynes (drums)
George Sluppick "Play What You Love" - George Sluppick (drums)
20. And today's Last Word goes to the great swing drummer and teacher Cozy Cole:“The more you study, the more you find out what you don’t know, but the more you study, the closer you come.”
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
I'm a little late to the blogging party this week (sorry, things have been busy!) but here's a short, scrappy video of a little triplet accent exercise I've been practicing lately and working on with my students.
This one was inspired by Philly Joe Jones and the inspiring social media offerings of Sherrie Maricle and Joe Farnsworth's drum pad inventions, based on the teachings of Alan Dawson and Clifford Jarvis.