"Students may think that mastering advanced music is the key to success. But this should not overshadow the need to learn skills like blending into an ensemble, having a palette of varying tones to choose from for a given situation, having a mastery of the accessory instruments, playing with a great feel, and possessing a humble attitude."
Larry Lelli is one of the top-call freelance drummers in New York City, and a veteran Broadway drummer and conductor of more than 30 Broadway shows.
He's here in Boston to perform in A Christmas Story, and is also the drummer for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying with Nick Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers. His extensive Broadway history includes the 12-time Tony Award-winning hit The Producers, as well as Assassins, Jekyll & Hyde and the smash-hit rockabilly show Million Dollar Quartet.
Often called a musical chameleon, his eclectic resume includes recordings and performances with Grammy-winner Melissa Etheridge as well as Daniel Radcliffe, Josh Groban, Vanessa Williams, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA), Heather Headley, the Mamas & the Papas, and more.
Percussionist Can Kemal presents compositions from both the traditional and modern Turkish repertoire performed in a contemporary group setting. Kemal will be accompanied by a diverse array of musicians from Egypt, Iran, Turkey, and the United States. As a group, these musicians will showcase sounds inspired by the Bosphorus, the body of water between Europe and Asia in the city of Istanbul.
Drummer Kostas Milonas and his band will perform funk covers, including tunes by Earth, Wind & Fire; Tower of Power; Stevie Wonder; Incognito; Jamiroquai; and John Blackwell. Milonas is in the process of making an instructional DVD, The Ultimate All-Around Drummer, to be released in the fall of 2014.