#51 Dr. Brian Zator- PAS President & Director of Percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce
The World Vibes Congress is going to be Jan 6th in Asbury Park, NJ hosted by Malletech. More info to come soon.
NAMM (National Association for Music Merchants) is coming up also in January in Anaheim, CA. Damon and Marcos will be out there doing a bunch of work as well as conducting some interviews.
For Music News....
Apple buys Shazam for $400 million. Ajit Pai faces multiple copyright infringement lawsuits. He put up a video that was taken down (breifly) using a song (the Harlem Shake - not to be confused with the ORIGINAL version of the Harlem Shake) without permission. There is a DJ in India with the same name receiving all types of hate mail from people wanting to preserve net neutrality.
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One of the events that PAS hosts is PASIC (the Percussive Arts Society International Conference).
If you are interested in submitting to give a clinic or masterclass at PASIC in November 2018, you should click HERE. The deadline is Jan 15, 2018 to submit.
If you are interested in applying to some of the competitions that they have at PASIC, you should click HERE.
Brian brings up the Rhythm Discovery Center in Indianapolis (where the PAS headquarters are). Part museum, part interactive facility.
For the future, PAS is focused on continuing PASIC and trying to make that better, continuing the Rhythm Discovery Center and making that better, but also improving interactive experiences, and educational resources.
Brian studied for his Undergrad at Baylor University with the Late Dr. V before traveling to Japan to study with the legendary Keiko Abe. He then got his masters at the University of Michigan under Michael Gould and Michael Udow. Finally completing his doctorate from the University of North Texas while maintaining a full time teaching schedule at the University of Texas A&M Commerce.
This is the CD of "Sohmen III" of the music of Minoru Miki that was recorded with Brian and his percussion ensemble at Texas A&M Commerce.