This year's installment of the DrumFest Costa Rica, set to take place between March 1-9, 2014, will be dedicated to world-renowned drummer and educator John Riley.
DrumFest Costa Rica 2014 is the fourth edition of an international drum event organized by Sanders Music Academy. According to the organizers, the festival is making an major impact in the cultural and musical world throughout Central America.
Besides John Riley, DrumFest Costa Rica also features other international artists such as Puertorrican percussionist and educator José Rosa, author of 'The Art of Latin Drumming' (nominated in 2013 Modern Drummer reader’s poll), Chilean drummer and educator Camilo Torres, who is the author of 'The Art of the Groove', and Venezuelan drummer Carlos Guevara.
Drumfest Costa Rica was created as a showcase to promote interaction between Costa Rican artists and international artists. This year, the public will be able to enjoy jazz, world music, latin fusion and various ensembles, including an ensemble of fifty drummers.
DrumFest activities will be held at Sanders Music Academy in Santa Ana, at the CENAC (the Ministry of Culture) in San Jose and San Pedro Café Jazz. The main activity will take place in the CENAC; we will also have exhibitors presenting to the public its leading brands.
The festivities will start on March 1 with 'Contemporary Drums and Percussion Camp', an event conducted by professor José Rosa. On March 7 and 8, Camilo Torres will follow with his seminar. The inaugural concert will take place at Jazz Café San Pedro on March 8, featuring Costarican jazz/fusion band Swing en 4 with Puertorrican percussionist Jose Rosa and Costarican percussionist Isaac Morera as special guests.
The final day of the event will be held on March 9 at the premises of the Ministry of Culture (CENAC) where national rock fusion group Transfusion will be opening the event followed by a drum clinic by Carlos Guevara.
Next Camilo Torres and Jose Rosa will perform a latin jazz concert. Then honoree and master drummer John Riley will be presenting a drum clinic. To close the event, the DrumFest Costa Rica organization has selected drum set students from Sanders Music Academy to perform Steve Gadd's Crazy Army This ensemble is led by virtuoso Costarican drummer and educator, professor Carlos Sanders.