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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Tonight: Virgil Donati feat. Brett Garsed @ Chowdiah Memorial Hall 

VIRGIL DONATI feat. Brett Garsed
LIVE in Concert7.30pm, 6th Aug, at Chowdiah Memorial Hall.A SANDEEP CHOWTA PROJECT. Tickets priced at Rs 499/- (includes BUFFET at the kroak afterparty at opus)Contact: 9845244610 / 9844030198 VIRGIL DONATI: watch this drum solo if u need any convincing "After all these years of playing, I still feel like I've barely scratched the surface!”.
Many drummers come to mind who've had a hand in raising the bar - leading by example with faster chops, innovative use of the instrument, more complex rhythms, more creative phrasing, and in general, better musicmanship. But few have turned as many heads as Virgil Donati.

Virgil was born and raised in Melbourne Australia. From the time he could barely utter a word, he keenly observed the regular band rehearsals his father held in the house. Virgil’s interest in music and instinct for rhythm had been apparent to his parents for some time. They began considering a musical path for him, and one month prior to turning 3, he found himself sitting behind his first real drumset.

In 1996 Virgil uprooted and relocated in the U.S.A., in an attempt to expand onto the world stage. It has since proved to be a very rewarding and productive time. Recording and touring with the likes of Planet X, Steve Vai, CAB, Scott Henderson, Steve Walsh, Tribal Tech, Frank Gambale, Derek Sherinian, Mark Boals, Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Josh Stone, and many others, he continues to push the limits of the instrument to astonishing new levels.

Virgil is known amongst drummers as a technical virtuoso, having developed incredible power and flexibility (whilst playing traditional grip), mastered polyrhythyms, odd-time playing and intricate phrasing, attained blinding quickness and powerful, metronomic precision - all with a rare attention to showmanship and visual playing. BRETT GARSED:
"He is really a gift to the planet."-- Gunnar Nelson, December 2000
"He's one of the best on the planet, there's no question . . ."- - Bobby Rock, July 1998
"Brett, in particular, I really like." -- Shawn Lane, Guitar Player, October 1992
"Brett is one of Australia's top talents..."-- Mike Varney, Guitar Player "Spotlight" column, July 1985 Brett Garsed was born in rural Victoria, Australia and began playing guitar at age 12 after hearing Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore play "Speed King". Brett's most recent recording projects include the Uncle Moe's Space Ranch album featuring TJ Helmerich, Gary Willis, Dennis Chambers and Scott Kinsey, the Tapestry album which was released under the band name "Mojo" and features Ric Fierabracci on bass and Kofi Baker, son of the legendary Ginger Baker on drums, and most recently his debut solo album Big Sky with Ric returning for bass and production duties and Toss Panos behind the drums.Brett is now living in Australia again after 14 years in Los Angeles having just completed the record breaking "Last Time" tour with John
Farnham which went for an unprecedented 7 months.

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