Cymbag drove more than 1,600 km to be part of an unprecedented event. Every hour behind the wheel was rewarded with hours of learning, live music and hours with the VIP´s of the cymbal industry.
Cymbal Summit was a historic event, two days of conferences about cymbals, reported by the owners of the companies, artists and artisans who create these magnificent instruments. In addition, the largest collection of cymbals in the world. This event was organized by Memphis Drum Shop, the world's largest drum shop, for more than 18 they months worked to make this dream a reality.
The Cymbal Summit opened at 10:00 a.m. with a Coffee and Snack Bar offered by Sabian, an hour after Craigie Zildjian, who is the Director (CEO) of Zildjian unveils "Wall of Zildjian's Story."
A few minutes later i saw, Ndugu Chancler, and he was glad to see us. Ndugu was with Jack DeJohnette (one of his drum heroes, he told us in a meal we've had in Mexico DF), he introduced Jack to us and we talked for a few minutes, the man is a legend. Then Ndugu introduce to us the Memphis Drum Shop owner, Jim Pettit, he is very passionate about his job.
Then Paiste took the stage, we went to the studio where they recorded the entire event for a DVD that will go on sale soon. There were about 30 chairs facing a small stage, there were:
Kelly Paiste, Ed Clift, Ndugu Chancler and Nicko McBrain! Iron Maiden´s drummer, who was the representative of Heavy Metal in the event.
Ndugu introduce us to Nicko McBrain and we talked about Cymbag for a few minutes before the Paiste´s presentation. We explain how Cymbag work, he liked the idea so much, we agreed right there to send him a Cymbag set for the new Iron Maiden tour "The Final Frontier".
Paiste's presentation was a success with Nicko McBrain of the microphone, he talked about how he started with Paiste 35 years ago, and he made everyone laugh with his rock star´s stories.
After the presentation we went outside the shop and had a good time with Kelly Paiste, Nicko McBrain and Thomas Lang, it was just three hours from the opening, but Cymbal Summit 2010 was just beginning.
Istanbul took the stage with Lenny White, he played and then opened a question and answer section, very entertaining, Lenny White have a lot of experience and knows how to handle the public.
Hammerax followed with a presentation as different as their cymbals. They filled the stage with cymbals, and a drum set in the center of the stage. They talked a about how the cymbals their are made, and then they played over an original music track composed by John Stannard, who is the owner of the company.
At 4 p.m. Sabian and presentation began, Jack DeJohnnete and Jojo Mayer, were the guest artists in addition to Andy Zildjian (SABIAN President), Nort Hargrove (Vice President of Manufacturing), Mark Love (Master Product Specialist), Dwight Grant (Master Hand Hammerer) , and Greg Zeller (U.S. Sales).
The presentation was a master class of sound and history, Jack DeJohnnete and Jojo Mayer, spoke of how they build their sound and how that sound becomes a product. Dwight Grant, who is the Master Hand Hammerer, explain how he work and told that the cymbals are hammered to change the pitch, the more strokes more rises in pitch.
Zildjian invite everyone to dinner in the back of the store and offered a Memphis Style BBQ, artists, company owners and guests ate together, it was a very pleasant dinner.
While dinner was served the staff were setting the stage, at 7 pm was the first of four shows.
John Riley took the stage to give a performance of jazz, John Riley is an incredible teacher, the artist is Zildjian, Yamaha and Remo. Offered a first class show.
Thomas Lang took the stage 45 minutes later, he andorses Meinl, DW and Vic Firth. Thomas Lang play jazz standards but with his personality, double bass and jazz fusion fills.
Jojo Mayer was the only one who used audio tracks to play over, but that does not diminish his presentation was something awesome, Jojo Mayer is a drummer with an impressive technique and a musical idea that is focused on electronic music and jazz fusion it was an incredible show.
Then there was a 30-minute break and Tom Lonard and his jazz trio took the stage,they are a local band from Memphis.
The main show on Friday was organized by Paiste, Ndugu Chancler and Nicko McBrain, but Nicko McBrain unfortunately felt sick and had to fly back home, so we did not saw Nicko McBrain behind a drum set.
Nudgu Chancler took the stage to give an incredible Master Class, the show began with a video of his history, this year Ndugu and Paiste celebreate 39 years of working together. " His presentation was like a history class, Ndugu has performed and recorded with everyone from Miles Davis to artists of American Idol.
Ndugu Chancler is the perfect example of a successful career as a musician and drummer, we are very proud that an artist like Ndugu Chancler belives in us and endorse Cymbag all over the world.
This is the end of part one.