Name: Eva Friedman
Location: North Hollywood, California, United States
I began playing drums in 2001 after my middle school band teacher determined the trumpet wasn’t a good fit. Growing up in New Jersey, I jumped at every chance to grow and perform through marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and numerous fusion combos. I moved to Los Angeles in 2014 and began studying with Fred Dinkins. I’ve recorded and released an EP with Staircase Spirits, performed live with local artists WŸNN and Statues of Cats, and performed on a 9 date Pacific Northwest tour with Safely. I hope to inspire other young girls and women to create space for themselves in not only the world of music, but the world of drumming as well.
For my submission, I chose to play ‘Rhythm Dance’ from In Session with the Dave Weckl Band. The opening groove is a linear groove inspired by the exercises in David Garibaldi’s book Future Sounds. The middle solo section was built around the Afro-Cuban 2-3 clave and then transitions into a partido alto variation as well as diving into some Clyde Stubblefield inspired grooves. Given that the track is a full band play along, I had plenty of ways to explore groove, rudiments, and beat displacement throughout.