An introductory workshop to the Japanese cymbals known as chappa. Students learn grip, sound production, care of the chappa, and a variety of rhythms, ranging from Japanese traditional to odd meter patterns.

An introductory to advanced level workshop about the Irish bodhran. Students learn how to hold the drum, beater grips, tuning and pitch bending, as well as several basic Irish rhythms. Advanced concepts include application of South Indian solkattu to bodhran playing and various odd meter rhythms.   Visit Patrick’s online bodhran lesson at English […]

Pianist Marianne Trudel, double-bassist Étienne Lafrance and multi-percussionist Patrick Graham are Trifolia, a trio thriving at the fertile intersection of jazz, classical music and global rhythms. Inspired original compositions and virtuosic improvisations are the hallmark of this new group, who have performed at the OFF Jazz Festival in Montréal, L’Aglicane in Lévis, and the Québec […]

Drawing its inspiration from the four corners of the globe, Small World Project’s music vibrates with Brazilian samba beats, Chilean folklore, flamenco, Hawaiian Island melodies, and the musical strains of Morocco, Senegal, India — with some good old American bluegrass in the mix. Primarily scored by ensemble leader Sébastien Dufour, this trio’s original music is […]

Gravity Trio is a unique group formed by three of Montreal’s most sought-after percussionists: Éric Breton, Patrick Graham, and Bertil Schulrabe. Originally brought together as the rhythm section for the critically-acclaimed instrumental project Absinthe, Éric, Patrick and Bertil have now branched-out into a new unit, composing and performing their own music. Between them, these three […]

My good friend Philip Hornsey is a fellow percussionist here in Montreal and founding member of the stellar percussion ensemble Sixtrum. He has recently started an exciting new percussion sales & rental company called Timpano Percussion, and has now moved to a brand new studio. Stop-by 2525 Rachel east in Montreal for the official launch […]

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Multi-talented percussionist, composer, artist, and all-around gentleman Jesse Stewart and I recently performed in a stunning environment of rock art created by John Felice Ceprano, at the Remic Rapids Park, Ottawa. 2011 marks the 25th year that John has been creating these amazing balanced-rock sculptures at the Rapids. His dedication and creative spirit are truly […]

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