Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Christian Vander

Here's a name that you don't hear every day, but you should! French drummer Christian Vander was the drumming force behind the pseudo-progressive rock band Magma. As you can see from the clips below (including some footage for our guests of the Francophone persuasion - Merci beaucoup!) Christian's drumming is heavily influenced by Elvin Jones and he plays with a great deal of power, intensity and passion. I also really dig the aerial crash cymbals. You almost expect some flying squirrels to come swooping down with some small mallets at the height of his solo!

These clips appear to be from some sort of instructional video and, while my french is fairly adequate, I look forward to checking these out and gaining some more insight into this very unique musician.

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