VIC FIRTH PRESENTS
TED ATKATZ – PASIC 2008

Attended by thousands of drummers and percussionists, with clinics and performances on twelve stages featuring many of the world's finest musicians, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) is THE “must see” percussion event of the year!

Presented here in its entirety is a symphonic clinic presented by Vic Firth Signature artist Ted Atkatz. Covering snare drum and cymbal techniques, Ted applies some very simple concepts to the orchestral literature – and along the way demonstrates musical approaches to some of the most common orchestral excerpts.

For more information about the Percussive Arts Society, please visit http://www.pas.org.



VIEW TED'S 2008 PASIC CLINIC:

VIDEO 1:
 
    Fundamentals I: The Constant Motion Technique 
VIDEO 2:
 
    Fundamentals 2: The “Chicken Wing” Technique 
VIDEO 3:
 
    “Cappricco Espanol, mvt 3” – untied roll interpretation 
VIDEO 4:
 
    “Scherezade” – soft playing, ornamentation and crescendos 
VIDEO 5:
 
    “Bolero”, Bartok's “Concerto for Orchestra” 
VIDEO 6:
 
    On roll technique, plus using artistic nuance in your playing 
VIDEO 7:
 
    Crash cymbal technique, closing remarks


Check out Ted's Vic Firth Signature Stick:

Made from persimmon, which is known for its density, durability and high impact resistance, these sticks produce a full bodied and slightly darker sound than other wood. Long taper for great control and clarity.
L = 17”, Dia. = .660”


ABOUT TED ATKATZ:

Born in Queens, New York, Edward “Ted” Atkatz began his studies at the age of ten at the Bloomingdale House of Music and later attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. He then studied with Tom Gauger at Boston University. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in percussion performance and music education magna cum laude, he spent a year teaching music in elementary schools in Worcester, Massachusetts.

While attending graduate school at the New England Conservatory of Music, Ted was invited to participate in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in 1995 and 1996. Ted earned a professional studies degree at Temple University, where he worked with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

He has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the New Hampshire Symphony. Ted is a former principal percussionist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is in high demand as an clinician and guest artist around the world. He is the founder of and frontman for the Chicago-based alternative rock group NYCO.

Read the New York Time's article about Ted's decision to leave the CSO and form his own band!



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