Virgil was born and raised in
Melbourne Australia. From the time he could barely utter a word,
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
Joining his first rock band and signing with his
first major label at age 15 was surely the right choice for the
young drummer. The band was called `Taste’. This was to give
Virgil his early experiences in the studio, with three releases
by the band. The relentless touring also allowed him to
cultivate and improve his skills where it counts – on stage.
At the age of 16, Virgil turned pro to enable him to tour
and focus on music, and has since devoted his whole life and
soul to his art. The motivation has been his endless and
restless pursuit to express himself through his playing.
At age 19 Virgil traveled to the U.S. to further study drumming,
and also took classes in composition and arranging. Returning to
Australia at age 21 his career was alight. He was in demand
playing many genres of music, including jazz, rock, pop, theatre
and studio work. He also worked with many visiting artists,
including jazz pianist George Cables, vocalist Mark Murphy,
Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland, Melissa Etheridge.
His next taste of commercial success came in the early 90s with
Southern Sons. The band reached double platinum with their debut
album. At the same time, throughout the mid 80’s and 90’s,
Virgil’s interest in progressive music was exploited with
several bands he initiated, most notably Loose Change, and
later, On The Virg.
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.
tours with his own band and is finishing up an album with the
prog metal band Icefish.
Mark Guiliana is an acclaimed drummer, composer, educator,
producer and founder of the independent
record label, Beat Music Productions. He is also featured on David
Bowie's final release - Blackstar.
His forward-thinking, conceptual approach to the instrument
is also featured in Mehliana, the electric duo featuring
Brad Mehldau on keyboards and synthesizers. The group´s
highly anticipated debut album, Taming the Dragon
(Nonesuch), was released in early 2014.
Over the past
decade, Guiliana's extensive touring has taken him across six
continents with artists including Donny McCaslin, Tim
LeFebvre, Jason Lindner, Gretchen Parlato,
Avishai Cohen, Lionel Loueke, and
his own groups, Beat Music and Heernt. He has also appeared on
more than 30 recordings and taught clinics and master classes
across the globe - including PASIC and
Drum Fantasy Camp.
Still in his mid-thirties,
Guiliana, recognized by the New York Times as
"a drummer around whom a cult of admiration has formed," has
earned international acclaim for his innovative and creative
Time Out London sums him up
"What happens when you add hard bop drum
masters Elvin Jones and Art Blakey to a 1980s Roland 808 drum
machine, divide the result by J Dilla and then multiply to the
power of Squarepusher? Answer: Mark Guiliana."
Creativity on the Drumset"
Mehliana (Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana) "Just Call Me Nige (LIVE)"
Simon Phillips is by far one of the world's most renowned and
respected drummers. His style reflects technical
mastery and a
distinct musical sensibility.
To date, Simon
he has toured and recorded with the likes of Mick Jagger, The
Who, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Peter Gabriel, Joe Satriani, Tears
for Fears, Judas Priest, Roxy Music, Michael Schenker, Nik
Kershaw, Phd., Al DiMeola, 801, Pete Townshend, Russ Ballard,
Robert Palmer, Stanley Clarke, The Pretenders, Jon Anderson,
Whitesnake and Dave Gilmour... to name but a few. His current
band, Protocol, is a major force in progressive fusion.
Simon is also an in-demand producer.
His studio, Phantom Recordings, is the host venue for the March
19 class. In that studio, Simon has produced countless projects
including several Toto albums. He mixed a Toto DVD, and has
worked with other artists such as Mike Oldfield.
Mark Guiliana Master Class (Date TBA)
Chris Coleman Master Class (Date TBA)
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