Name: Roni Kaspi
Location: Even Yehuda, Israel
Hi! I’m Roni, 17 years old from Israel.
First time submitting to HLAG contest!
I started learning drums at the age of 7. The first time I touched the drums was when I entered an empty music class in the Democratic school I was studying at, and just started playing the drum-set. That feeling was something I couldn’t describe, something extraordinary, fun, magical. From that day my relationship with the drum-set had just begun.
I had a few rock bands in my hometown.
In 9th grade, I got accepted to the Thelma Yellin’s Jazz department. From that moment I started exploring so many kinds and forms of music that I didn’t know before.
The music I hear most recently is Jazz, Ethiopian music, R&B, Salsa, Experimental Rock and African music.
In the last years I had the pleasure of playing in many concerts and gigs such as playing In a jazz bar called “Beit Haamudim” with an Austrian violinist called Benjamin Schmid, playing with the warm-up band for the Robert Glasper Experiment performance in Tel-Aviv, and also performed a few times with various bands at clubs like The “Zone” and “Levontin 7” and more.
My biggest influences are Ari Hoenig, Marcus Gillmore, Tony Williams, Mark Guiliana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, James Brown, and many many more…
Except playing the drums, I also play the piano and compose my music and perform it with people I play with.
For the contest, I invited some close friends of mine and amazing musicians to play with me a tune of Donny McCaslin called “Stadium Jazz”. This tune is very important to me because every time I’m playing it I feel that I can let go all of my feeling at that moment. I love playing this tune like a story and let it develop and go anywhere that me and my friends feel like going to.
Thank you for the huge opportunity and I hope you enjoy!