Music Mentorship with Scott Amendola
As a drummer, composer, percussionist, bandleader and electronic sound mover, acclaimed Bay Area drummer Scott Amendola has a long history of propelling some of the world’s most influential musicians. A potent creative catalyst who tours both nationally and abroad, Scott is continually exploring textures and rhythms with and improvisational sensibility and expands upon his sonic palette by employing custom designed electronics, including looping machines, pedals and ring modulators. His remarkably individual approach to drumming and gift for twisting musical genres in unexpected directions has also helped establish Scott as a peerless sideman, and among today’s drumming elite.
Sit down with Scott in this informal but informative workshop as he shares:
- Practical advice on career development
- Insights on improvisation
- Secrets into skills building and technique (with an emphasis on brushwork)
- Advice on incorporating electronics – looping machines, pedals and ring modulators into your drumming.
- Open discussion and Q&A session
- Includes evening performance with Amendola vs Blades
As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with a vast, stylistically varied roster of artists including: Bill Frisell, Nels Cline (Wilco), John Scofield, Charlie Hunter, John Zorn, Mike Patton, Wadada Leo Smith, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Rodney Crowell, Jacky Terrasson, Shweta Jhaveri, Norah Jones, Phil Lesh, Larry Goldings, Sex Mob, Kelly Joe Phelps, Larry Klein, Darryl Johnson, Dave Liebman, Carla Bozulich, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Viktor Krauss, Julian Priester, Jessica Lurie, Sonny Simmons, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Pat Martino, Peter Apfelbaum, Jim Capalongo, Will Bernard, Bobby Black, Paul McCandless, Noe Venable, Mark Turner, and the Joe Goode Dance Group.
Music Performance with Amendola vs. Blades
For the past ten years, the dynamic music duo known as Amendola vs. Blades have been conjuring various sonic deities of swingin’ old-school jazz, funk, and rock, African, improvisational and free-form music to thousands of fans who’ve steadily shown up for one of their highly spontaneous and lively musical adventures. Sure, you may seen and/or heard these two in-demand session players as bandleaders in their own right, or as distinguished sidemen with the likes of Nels Cline (Wilco), Charlie Hunter, John Zorn, Mike Patton, John Scofield, Idris Muhammad, Bernard Purdie of the legendary B3 player Dr. Lonnie Smith, but for longtime drummer Scott Amendola and organist Wil Blades, the dynamic range of Amendola vs. Blades is where things really open up and take off. On their latest live release Greatest Hits, improvisation creatively steers this inventive drum and organ duo through a scenic tour of music genres as each artist pushes and pulls the other toward unanticipated discovery. Through firmly grounded in the groove, they maintain a fun and loose approach that keeps the sonic possibilities endless, and their audiences – as well as themselves – continually engaged and excited to discover what musical boundary is waiting to be explored next.
Link to Amendola vs. Blades full bio: https://avsbmusic.com/bio