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Roni Kaspi (<18)

Roni Kaspi (<18)

Name: Roni Kaspi
Category: Drumset
Age: 17
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!

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  1. Although I commented on your YouTube video I wanted to add a comment here. You play with so much energy, passion, and joy this is one of the best drum performances I have seen in a while. This wasn’t a drum cover but an artist playing to a high level. To experience your playing the listener must use their ears and their eyes. Watching your facial expressions and how you put your entire body into your playing – it was something to remember. Billy Cobham and Tony Williams come to mind as jazzers who played with passion, but you are still unique. And the music was challenging but played well by all. I loved it! Good luck in HLAG and your music future Roni !

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