En Camino: A Dedicated Percussion Artists Path to Versatility: My Year Long Intensive of Latin Percussion
With backgrounds in orchestral percussion and modern American drum set playing, but a calling to further enrich my artistry through world styles of percussion, I ventured to Berklee Valencia and declared my life’s mission to be able to fill any musical role asked of me, establishing an artist identity as a continually versatile supporting musician. With this project, I began by dedicating myself to learning and implementing rhythms of all Cuban Dance styles into my playing. I developed a practice based methodology to learn these new instruments and styles, and composed music for the first time in order to display my new learnings and further establish my artistic identity through my interpretations of the rhythms. I recorded and self-produced this music, created a sample pack of the numerous Cuban rhythmic patterns I learned this year, and made an official artist EPK. Through this year long intensive, the first of many, I have learned an invaluable lesson: be dedicated to percussion in all styles and forms rather than determined to conquer them. With this project, I intend to break barriers in the restrictive career paths that us young percussionists are most often faced with.
Valencia (Spain) Campus
practice research; composition; compositional process; EP; Latin; Cuban; jazz; artist identity
Pennington, Immanuel. “En Camino: A Dedicated Percussion Artists Path to Versatility: My Year Long Intensive of Latin Percussion.” Master's thesis, Berklee College of Music, 2021. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-contemporary-performance/201.