VIC FIRTH ARTIST:
RALPH IRIZARRY

Much of the world knows Ralph Irizarry as an innovative timbalero whose work with Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, and especially as leader of his own two groups – Timbalaye and Son Café – redefine the parameters of Latin jazz percussion.

Although Ralph was born in Spanish Harlem, he wasn’t raised in any bosom of Latin music. In fact, he was more likely to hear klezmer or R&B than salsa outside the first home he can remember, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

Attended by thousands of drummers and percussionists from around the world, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) is THE “must see” percussion event of the year. We're pleased to present Ralph's 2010 PASIC clinic here for you viewing pleasure!

VIDEO SPOTLIGHT
PASIC 2010 - Afro-Caribbean Rhythms

 Clip #1: Clinic Introduction
  Ralph opens the clinic with a performance featuring various traditional Cuban rhythms.
 Clip #2: Clave
  Ralph explains the rhythms presented in the clinic intro and discusses the different types of clave.
 Clip #3: The Bomba and the Plena
  Introduction to two well known Puerto Rican folkloric rhythms, the Bomba and Plena.
 Clip #4: Salsa Patterns
  Ralph demonstrates some different Salsa patterns and talks about cowbell striking area and double bell patterns.

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RALPH'S VIC FIRTH STICK OF CHOICE:

Alex Acuña Conquistador - clear (SAAC)
Alex Acuña's timbale sticks are designed to provide optimum response on timbales and cymbals. In hickory.
L = 16" | Dia. = .440"
  click here to download a larger image of the SAAC


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