VIC FIRTH ARTIST
FLORIAN ALEXANDRU-ZORN

Florian Alexandru-Zorn is a full-time instructor, musician and author. He is specialized in brush playing, world music and jazz.

Florian was born in August 1984 and began playing the drums at the age of 8 in a local traditional german drum corps. At the age of nine he got his first modern drum lessons.

His musical career began in the progressive rock genre with bands such as Concrete Floor. At the age of 18 Florian was touring with Romuald Erenc (one of the most renowned jazz and classical guitar players in Poland) and his band through Poland and Germany.

Other projects Florian is involved with include: Jazz Quadrat (Jazz/World), Christoph Neuhaus Quintet (Jazz), Ken Kenay (Hip Hop). He has also worked with the european masterclass big band, conducted by Peter Herbolzheimer.

Florian has done many workshops and clinics in support of his brush book "Die Kunst des Besenspiels" (The Art of Brush Playing). He is also a workshop author for the German drum magazine "Sticks".


MONTREAL DRUMFEST 2013
Skyfall - James Bond


MONTREAL DRUMFEST 2013
Performance Spotlight

VIDEO SPOTLIGHT:
TEXTURAL TECHNIQUE
Florian demonstrates some unique sonic textures on the drumset!


PASIC 2011:
DRUMSET MASTERCLASS:
THE ART OF BRUSHES: HOW TO APPLY YOUR OWN VOICE TO THE BRUSHES

PART 1:
Clinic introduction and opening tune: "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise"


PART 2:
Sweeping and accenting within a circular motion. Learn when to use acceleration accents, pressure accents, or a combination of the two!


PART 3:
Learn about sweeping and accenting with a linear motion, plus check out Florian's performance of "Caravan"!


PART 4:
Florian demonstrates how to play rudiments on the brushes and goes over a couple of great groove ideas!


PART 5:
Learn about incorporating vertical accents and strokes into your brush playing.


PART 6:
Florian demonstrates some groove ideas centered around "sweeping" the rests in a vertical stroke rhythm.


PART 7:
Florian closes out his PASIC 2011 clinic with a performance of "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Aint Got That Swing)".


PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:
Check out what Florian is using!

American Jazz® 1
A 5B shaft that feels full-sized yet plays "lightning fast".
L = 16" | Dia. = .595"
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Heritage Brush
Features a light gauge wire and a smooth rubber handle. Fast and easy to play.
Dia. = .530" | Spread = 5"
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Legacy Brush
A retractable wire brush with a wood handle provides a natural feel in the hand. With medium gauge wire and an infinitely adjustable brush spread capable of maintaining any playing position.
Dia. = .530" | Spread = 5"
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Live Wires
Retractable wire brushes‚ featuring a small round bead on the tip of each wire for an added sharp snap on cymbals and drums.
Dia. = .530" | Spread = 5"
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MORE VIDEOS WITH FLORIAN:

 Musikmesse 2009
  Florian performs at Musikmesse in Frankfurt Germany!
  Drum duet with Gerald Stuetz.


 

CHECK OUT FLORIAN'S BOOK
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PLAYING BRUSHES

FROM ALFRED PUBLISHING

This book and DVD kit is ideal for drummers ready for an in-depth study of playing with brushes. The Complete Guide to Playing Brushes uses detailed illustrations and video demonstrations to eliminate the guesswork of brush movements and clearly show all the facets of playing. Beginning to advanced players will equally benefit from this course. Topics include rudiments, the details of sweeping motions, tap sounds, and grooves.

“Setting the bar for one-stop brush manuals, The Complete Guide to Playing Brushes aims to set your arms free. Five Stars!” —Modern Drummer magazine

click here for more info...

 

Visit Florian online:
www.brushplaying.com



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