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DEREK GRAY "Afro-Cuban Batá adapted to Drumset" @ Small World Music Centre

Friday, March 25 2016, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
On Friday, March 25, Derek Gray debuts his adaptation of Batá rhythms to drumset - a new approach to the instrument rooted in ancient Afro-Cuban drum tradition. Having studied the tradition over course of the past 8 years with Batá masters, Julio Davalos & Román Diaz, in four countries - Canada, Cuba, Switzerland & USA – Derek’s creative adaptations of this music to the drum kit are not only a modern approach to the Batá tradition, but also an exciting new way of playing the drumset. For this special concert, Derek will joined in the Batá trio/percussion section by Reimundo Sosa & Magdelys Sav, as well as Patrick O’Reilly (guitar/effects), Edwin Sheard (alto sax) and Justin Gray (acoustic & electric bass). Since graduating from Humber College's renowned music program, Derek has travelled the world studying, performing and teaching - including time spent in Ghana, Cuba, Italy, Switzerland, Banff, New York City and Washington. At home in Toronto, Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer, and sideman playing drums/percussion with a variety of projects, including Gray Matter (a contemporary-jazz quintet co-lead lead with his brother, bassist Justin Gray -, the trans-Mediterranean group Ventanas (4x CFMA nominees -, and the 2015 Juno-nominated Indo-Jazz ensemble Monsoon ( Derek also teaches music & facilitates hand drum circles / workshops across Canada. Featuring: Derek Gray – Batá & Drumset; Reimundo Sosa – Batá & Percussion; Magdelys Sav – Batá & Percussion; Edwin Sheard – Alto Sax; Patrick O’Reilly – Guitar & Effects; Justin Gray – Upright & Electric Bass. More info:
Location: Small World Music Centre (180 Shaw St., Studio 101, Toronto, ON)
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