Creation through Conversation
On 9/9/20, we went LIVE with the Signature Drumstick Artist, Matt Garstka! Join us as we sit down with Matt in-studio for this in-depth interview including multiple playing demonstrations of Matt's unique approach to the craft.
On 8/26/20. we went LIVE with the incomparable Thomas Lang! No stone was left unturned when we sat down with Thomas in-studio for this in-depth interview, which included multiple playing demonstrations.
Coming to you LIVE Monday, August 3rd, we wrapped up our vfJams Reunion Season 1 Mini-Series with Host Robert Sput Searight and Sarah Thawer! We took one final special look at Sarah and Sput's iconic vfJams moments, behind the scenes footage and production story!
Hosted by Robert Sput Searight, we sat down on 7/20/20 with Eric Harland and Mike Mitchell to revisit their iconic vfJams moments, behind the scenes footage and so much more!
On 7/10/20, we went LIVE with the Ji Su Jung, international soloist and performer, and faculty member at the Peabody Institute, and a member of the Percussion Collective. Ji Su shares many valuable lessons she's learned throughout her highly accomplished career. In these lessons, you'll hear her play sections of the Kevin Puts and Emmanuel Séjourné Marimba Concertos, her approach to making music, how to connect with your audience and even how to deal with the challenges of traveling as a soloist.
On 7/8/20, we went LIVE with the Vic Firth Signature Artist, Matt Howard, Principal Percussionist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Join us as we sit down with Matt, and go through what it takes to make it through the audition process from mental preparation to physical conditioning. We'll also see Matt perform excerpts and pieces from the standard orchestral repertoire as well as some not so standard repertoire!
Hosted by Robert Sput Searight, we sat down on 7/6/20 with Benny Greb and Devon Taylor to revisit their iconic vfJams moments, behind the scenes footage and so much more!
On 7/1/20, we went LIVE and in the studio with Dave Weckl! No stone was left unturned when we sat down with Dave for this in-depth interview, including multiple playing demonstrations.
On June 26th, 2020 we premiered Lessons with Anders Åstrand, Vic Firth Signature Mallet Artist. We dove into discussions with Swedish percussionist, composer and artistic creator Anders Astrand. We explored Anders’ creative process and how it has led him to a series of highly innovative percussion pieces, imaginative recordings and ingenious videos. The interview also included Anders’ approach to learning scales, his instrument creations and his approach to improvisation.
On 6/24/20, we went LIVE with the Vic Firth Signature Artist, Greg Zuber, Principal Percussionist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Join us as we sit down with Greg and discuss his snare drum sticks, Nothung and the Excalibur. Greg shares his backstory for each pair and even plays several standard orchestral excerpts.
On 6/20/20, we got the band back together for the first of 3 Vic Firth vf Jam LIVE Reunions! Hosted by Robert Sput Searight, we' sat down with Stanley Randolph and Mark Guiliana to revisit their iconic vf Jams moments, check out behind the scenes footage and so much more!
Watch our in depth interview with Jake Nissly, Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony. Hear what Jake’s goals were when designing his signature stick and, most importantly, how it sounds when Jake plays part of Delecluse 9! We will also discuss Jake’s warm up routine and how he connects this with orchestral snare drum parts. Jake will demonstrate specifically what he does and what motivates him during this time of isolation. As a member of a major symphony orchestra, what demands does he face with conductors, different halls and the multiple orchestras he’s played with? Find out in our 1-on-1 with Jake!
On Thursday, 5/7/20, we brought together some of the industry's top players and we went live in our FIRST EVER Brush Masterclass, featuring Vic Firth Artist Family Members, Peter Erskine, Jojo Mayer, Russ Miller, Stanton Moore, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl and host Florian Alexandru-Zorn. They connected live to share with you their favorite brush patterns across genres and break them down. Check out the Masterclass, grab an empty pizza box and a pair of brushes, and follow along! For more live streams from Vic Firth and our Artist Family, check in on our Education Calendar as new events are added daily. And for more tips and resources, browse topics in our Education section.
On Thursday, 5/7/20, we joined Vic Firth Signature Artist and nu metal icon Ray Luzier LIVE. In this master session, Ray sat down with VP of Artist Relations Joe Testa to demonstrate and break down some of his most popular grooves, talk about his experience playing with Korn, how his Signature Vic Firth Sticks came into existence and so much more! Ray also released an exclusive download and announced a chance for you to "Play For Ray". See the Live Session below as well as the winning submissions for the #VFPlayForRay giveaway.
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