BROOKLYN BIKE BEAT*: An on-line community started by Lee Free to help bring high-quality, culturally rich drum lessons and interviews from the heart of Brooklyn to drummers and fans all over the globe. With the help of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Brooklyn Arts Council, Lee was able to launch Bike Beat in 2010 with some of NY's finest professionals. Why the bike part you may ask? Lee is traveling by bike to conduct the interviews and will give some tips for finding some of Brooklyn's best kept secrets! Lee is also constructing a bicycle midi controller...click here to check it out!
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ALESSANDRA BELLONI is a singer, percussionist, dancer and actress who stands as one of the most important voices of traditional southern Italian music and dance today. She is artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Alessandra is Artistic Director and Founder of I Giullari di Piazza (the Players of the Square). For her mastery of musical styles-both at home and abroad, she has been acclaimed as one of the greatest living percussionists in the world, and has her own signature series of Italian tambourines designed with the largest percussion industry in the world, Remo Inc.
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Vongku Pak is a performing/teaching artist, trained in Korean traditional folk arts including poongmul, samulnori, and elements of traditional dance. Mr. Pak has performed widely throughout the city over the past 10 years, fusing his traditional art elements with various art forms from other cultures, including Western classical, electronic, pop, hip-hop, reggae, drama, and spoken word. He has also been featured in independent films and commercials.
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New York based, Christelle Durandy began performing at an early age with her family-based troupe in France. She is of Reunion Island and French West Indies ancestry. Christelle grew up exposed to a wealth of music. Under her parent's guidance, she honed in on musical skills that she later developed during her apprenticeships in France, Cuba, Spain and the U.S.
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