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Over Julien M.
The percussion is such a beautiful and rich sonic world to explore, with many different instruments and possibilities in each musical genre. I like to distinguish the diversity of roles or functions that the percussion can take in different musical genres and ensembles, sometimes to sustain a groove rhythmically, other times having the responsibility of a melodic/harmonic part, playing solo works, or even being the cherry on the cake in the orchestra, with this finely tuned triangle hit!
I love teaching the basic aspects of classical percussion instruments: snare drum technical rudiments, mallet keyboards with two or four mallets, and even combinations with a small percussion set up to accompany your ensemble in a fine, colourful and expressive way.
I am very willing to help musically and technically on small percussion that you already know how to play and show you practices to expand your possibilities, also on Brazilian, African or Afro-American music instruments, as well as some frame drums techniques for different folk, mediterranean and middle-eastern genres. In the 21st century, midi and electronic solutions are fascinating, and I consider them as a part of the percussion family.
Different subjects and needs will require different methods, from an individual weekly instrumental lesson, to a tailor made coaching plan to guide you in your musical project, an improvisation group class, or even a full rehearsal coaching for a band who wants to bring their ensemble playing and compositions to the next level.
Does this feel appealing? Then I am very much looking forward to meet up for a trial lesson or conversation and make a strong plan in order to achieve your goals!
I can communicate fluently in English, French, Spanish and Catalan, not so fluently yet in Dutch but enough for anyone who doesn't feel comfortable with the other languages. But hey, we are going to sing and talk with the hands a lot anyway!
About my musical journey:
My start as a musician was singing in choirs, and then studying musical theory and percussion, first in Toulon (where I grew up in France), some years later I entered the Music Academy in Monaco. I then moved to Barcelona to study my bachelors and graduated in 2012, and then moved to study a master at Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) where I researched on contemporary music interpretation. Thanks to scolarships from Monegasque institutions, I have been on an exchange in Mexico, and took part in the Aspen Music Festival and School (USA, CO.).
I won a prize and was finalist in several solo vibraphone competitions. I have played in youth and professional orchestras from the different countries I studied in, and with different contemporary music ensembles. This reflects my motivation to participate in contemporary creation, although I am also trained in Early (western) music, Argentinian Tango and Afro-American music.
At this moment I am focusing on the vibraphone playing, as a soloist as well as with several bands and projects. Next to that, I am researching more sustainable ways to stand behind our instruments after a severe back injury in 2017. I am also in a search for expanding the sound possibilities of this instrument by marrying it with electronics.