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Multi-Grammy Winner Antonio Sanchez’s Drum Score Sets the Cinematic Rhythm of Birdman
Sanchez Embarks on World-Tour with Pat Metheny This Month
(Hollywood, CA) September 26, 2014 — Grammy Award winning drummer and composer Antonio Sanchez scores Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy Birdman, opening in theaters October 17, 2014. Directed by Academy® Award nominee Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams), the film stars Michael Keaton as washed-up actor Riggan Thompson, who must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play to reclaim his past glory. The film, which also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts, will close the New York Film Festival on October 11 following critically acclaimed showings at the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals. The soundtrack will be released October 14, 2014 on Milan Records.
In his first role as a film composer, Sanchez recorded parts of the drum score by improvising from the script’s themes and collaborating with director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu prior to filming began. Gonzalez Iñárritu needed the film shoot to be cohesive and, with cinematographer Emanuel Lubezki’s extended tracking shots, well-timed. The director relied on Sanchez’s drum score to set the pace for the film’s cast; with the rhythm of the drums tied to the flow of the camera, all tethered to Riggan’s journey towards self-discovery. “Antonio and I rented a studio one week before I started shooting and he recorded and improvised 60 tracks based on some objectives or emotions the film needed. That helped me enormously and sometimes I even used it on the stage for the actors to understand the rhythm of the scene. Rhythm is everything in cinema,” says Gonzalez Iñárritu.
Four-time Grammy® Award winner Antonio Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike to be one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation. Born in Mexico City, he started playing drums at the age of five and began performing professionally in his teens. Sanchez pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico, and in 1993, he moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Studies. Since his move to New York City in 1999 Sanchez has become one of the most sought after drummers in the international jazz scene. He has been the drummer of choice for twenty-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny and has been part of virtually every project the famed guitarist has put together since 2000. They’ve recorded eight albums together, and three of them have been awarded the Grammy. Sanchez’s continuous search as an artist has pushed him to compose and lead his own bands and ensembles. He has released three critically acclaimed albums under his name.
He has also been the featured cover artist in some of the most widely read drum magazines in the industry, including Modern Drummer, Percussioni, Jazzit, Drumset, Drums and Percussion,and Musico Pro. Last year, he won the Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll for 2013’s ‘Best Jazz Drummer,’ and has been a top contender since the early 2000’s. He’s also been among the top ranked drummers on DownBeat’s critic’s and reader’s polls since 2004.
Mapex is adding more excitement to the new Mars Series by offering a free matching 8” or 10” tom pack to all purchases of any new Mars Shell Pack.
The Mars Series Shell Packs offer shallow depth 100% Birch shells complete with the new SONIClear™ Bearing Edge. The new award winning SONIClear ™ bearing edge increases contact between the drumhead and shell and allows the head to sit flat on the edge. This produces a stronger and more centered pitch and makes the drums remarkably easy to tune. The SONIClear™ Bearing Edge enables players to get a great sound even without much tuning experience.
Customers who purchase any Mars 4pc or 5pc Shell Pack from an authorized Mapex Dealer during the promotion period will receive at no charge an 8”or a 10” matching tom pack. This pack includes the matching 8” x 7” or 10” x 7” tom, a TH687S adjustable tom clamp and the AC910 mounting clamp.
Never before has a drum series offered so much in the way of sound, ease of tuning and overall cutting edge looks. Complementing the drums is a line of Mars Series all-purpose hardware, available in packs or as individual pieces, and in a choice of chrome or a black-plated finish designed to match each player's drum finish preference.
The Mapex Mars Series Free Tom Event makes it easier for drummers to maximize their set-up by providing more drums for the money. With available payment terms of up to 60 months through First Mutual Financial, ownership has never been easier.
Mapex Mars drums and this special promotion are available only in the USA.
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Mapex products are hand built and hand assembled by the artisans at its wholly owned factory. The people at Mapex have earned a distinguished reputation for designing, engineering and building the highest quality acoustic drums. In fact, Mapex is one of the only companies of its kind to have earned ISO9001 certification - the world's standard for manufacturing excellence.
IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation apps and accessories, today announced it's shipping iRig® Pads, the full-featured, ultra-portable MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as Mac and PC. It's the perfect companion for the mobile electronic music producer on the move: Now you can make beats, grooves and mixes anywhere you go.
iRig Pads is designed to be effortlessly portable. It's smaller than an iPad and less than 1" thick - it's the smallest groove controller in the market. It has a slim, compact form factor and it's lightweight, which means that it can be slipped into any iPad or laptop bag or backpack and carried around with ease. For maximum portability, iRig Pads is a low energy consumption device - it draws its power directly from its host device and does not need a power source to be fully functional. It can be used with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch via its included Lightning cable (30-pin connector sold separately) without the need of an adapter as well as Mac and PC via its included USB cable. *iRig Pads are currently being tested for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus compatibility.
Extreme versatility, custom controls
At the heart of iRig Pads is its 4x4 grid of 16 velocity-sensitive, backlit multicolor rubber pads. Each pad lights up in multiple colors - red, green, orange and every shade in between - depending on the velocity of your playing and the MIDI information sent by your chosen music app or software.
But iRig Pads does more than your average mobile pad-based MIDI controller. Its full spread of controls - two knobs, two buttons, one slider and one pushbutton rotary encoder - let you get creative. All controls are MIDI assignable and customizable: Up to 16 distinct MIDI maps or "scenes" can be saved, which allows for full control of apps and software on stage or in the studio. iRig Pads comes with 6 pre-programmed scenes designed to work with many of your favorite apps and software right out of the box.
Apps for Beats, Loops, Decks and more
To help you get in the groove, IK is working to make iRig Pads the ultimate controller for beats, loops and more by adding support for a growing suite of powerful apps and software. iOS users will be able to make beats out of the box with the included SampleTank® free, and they'll soon be able to control grooves and launch loops withGrooveMaker® 2 free for iPhone and iPad and remix their preferred tracks with DJ Rig™ free.
On Mac/PC the included SampleTank 3 SE (worth $99.99/€79.99), available as a standalone and a plug-in virtual instrument for every major DAW, includes over 6.5 GB of sample contents, 400 instruments and 150 MIDI patterns, for a complete music production workstation, out of the box (coming soon as download from the IK user area). In addition, by registering their iRig Pads, users will be able to receive The Grid, an exclusive and free additional collection of 50 instruments (800 samples) and 50 MIDI patterns - designed exclusively for beat makers and groove performers who use iRig Pads - for SampleTank on iOS and Mac/PC (a value of $9.99/€7.99 for iOS and $39.99/€29.99 for Mac/PC).
The SampleTank Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or atwww.appstore.com/sampletankfree
The SampleTank App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or atwww.appstore.com/sampletank
The GrooveMaker 2 Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.appstore.com/groovemaker2free
The DJ Rig Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.appstore.com/djrigfree
And that's only scratching the surface - iRig Pads is also fully MIDI class-compliant, which means you can use it and customize its controls for use with virtually any MIDI-compatible app such as FL Studio Mobile, iMPC Studio and GarageBand or Mac/PC software such as MPC Studio, Ableton Live, Maschine, GarageBand and more.
Pricing and Availability
iRig Pads is now available from music and electronics retailers worldwide for $149.99/€119.99 (excluding taxes) as well as on the IK online store. Thanks to its generous feature set, included content value and universal uses for iOS devices as well as Mac and PC, iRig Pads offers the best quality to price ratio of any MIDI groove controller on the market.
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Roadrunner Records group Dream Theater have shared a new video of “Strange Deja Vu” (Live From The Boston Opera House) which will be featured on the Grammy-nominated progressive metal titans forthcoming live Blu-Ray / DVD set titled, BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE). The collection, which captures the band’s one-of-a-kind performance from the Boston Opera House on March 25, 2014, was produced by the band’s own John Petrucci, filmed and directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux, and mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki. BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE) is over 2 hours in length, capturing the special evening, which featured guest performances from The Berklee College of Music Orchestra and Choir. BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE) arrives September 30TH.
The collection is currently available in multiple configurations including Blu-Ray, a 2 DVD set, and a webstore deluxe exclusive Blu-Ray/3 CD set with poster, all currently available for pre-order via the Roadrunner Records webstore. Earlier this year Dream Theater release a video of “The Looking Glass” (LIVE) taken from BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE) which can be streamed on the band’s official YouTube Channel. All pre-orders for the webstore exclusive will receive an instant download of “The Looking Glass” (LIVE).
This past year DREAM THEATER earned a second Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance” for the single “The Enemy Inside” from their current self-titled worldwide smash album (released September 24, 2013 on Roadrunner Records). “DREAM THEATER” made a spectacular debut this past fall, topping Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart while simultaneously entering at #7 on the overall Billboard 200. The extraordinary chart position marked the group’s third consecutive top 10 debut, and also saw "DREAM THEATER" making top 5 chart debuts in Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Holland, and Finland, as well as top 10 debuts in Denmark, Austria, and Norway, with career high debuts in the United Kingdom and Australia. The band recently announced new tour dates which will see them bring their spectacular live show to South America, Asia and Australia later this fall.