Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Video Interview for Vic Firth

Here is a recent video interview I did with Vic Firth drumsticks - where I talk about a game-changing moment in my career. Check it out!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Two NYC shows this week - Jan 14th and 19th!

Hello everybody,

Here is the info on these 2 upcoming special performances NEXT WEEK in NYC. If you live in the area, don't miss them!!

JAN 14th - Monday - MOZIK live @ Le Poisson Rouge NYC, 10pm
(par of the Brazilian Explorative Music Showcase)

MOZIK will join curator Pedro Moraes and 4 other groups on arguably the best new Brazilian music show of the year! 6 different bands will be playing their experimentations and unique sounds, and continue to push the envelope on the new modern Brazilian music! Check it out!
Get your tickets/more info here - Le poisson Rouge event page 

If you can't make it to the show - you can watch it at home! Live Stream Broadcast at this website: (10pm EST - NYC time!)

JAN 19th - Saturday - MZ Quartet live @ Cornelia Street Café NYC
Doors 8:30pm
Show 9pm

Oriente Lopez - flutes
Klaus Mueller - piano
special guest: Mike Pope - bass

We will be playing original tunes from my "7 Lives" CD, as well as some special covers/arrangements and will be premiering a brand new tune!
Cornelia is a very cool listening venue, and they have a full dinner available.

Saturday Jan 19th
doors: 8:30pm / show: 9pm (1 set only!)
29 Cornelia Street, NYC
Reservations recommended - (212) 989-9319

MZ Quartet event on Facebook

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Best Jazz of 2012 - Jazz Station Blog

Dear friends! We are kicking off the new year with fantastic news!!

The recording by Oriente Lopez, "Aguas Profundas" made it to the Best of 2012 poll conducted by the prestigious Jazz Station Blog - written by journalist/writer/historian/producer Arnaldo deSouteiro.
The CD is listed on the top 10 in many categories......
Acoustic piano
Electric Bass
Best Instrumental Group
Best Instrumental Recording

and... Best Drummer of the year. Based on my work on this album, I am listed as #3, among many of my heros.... such as Steve Gadd, Lenny White, JackDeJohnette, Paul Wertico, Billy Hart.... I am extremely honored and humbled by it!!

Many thanks to Oriente Lopez and to all the other musicians and artists involved on this project: Itaiguara Brandão, Romero Lubambo, Paquito D'Rivera, Felipe Lamoglia, Hendrik Meurkens, Michael Brorby, Dave Darlington.... and all the people that helped this project come together. Congrats Oriente and everybody!

Here is a link to CDBaby where you can check out the album -
CDBABY - Aguas Profundas (Oriente Lopez)

Here is the link for the JAZZ STATION blog - check out all the final results!
Jazz Station - Arnaldo deSouteiro

And, lastly, here is a recent review of the record, by Modern Drummer Magazine Brazil.
Aguas Profundas - CD Review

Thanks for the support!  MZ
I am a drummer - percussionist - composer - artist based in New York City, NY. Please visit my website: http://www.mzdrums.com