This playing situation was definitely out of my comfort zone and I learned a lot during that time with the group. Learning the music by memory, playing with classically trained musicians, music totally written with absolutely no improvisation was definitely a challenge for me but a lot of fun. Everyone from the group came from different background and from different part of the world which made the group very interesting and musically very mature. We rehearsed for a week in Las Vegas NA, without all the member because the people coming from Europe had some delays in their passport but we finally got together the day before our first concert in the University of Southern Nevada. The rest of the tour was smooth and very cool, I got to teach a lot of drums students, give my clinic "The Brazilian Dream" on a survey on Brazilian drumming with a demonstration of Samba and Bossa Nova. Another cool performance opportunity for me was playing during Joe Porter's clinic on the development of 6 mallet technique on the Marimba. The piece we played was "Thanks for the Sandalos" and I hope to be able to share a video of that very soon.
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