Here you can listen to episode 16 of the Drumchannel podcast, featuring Virgil.
A word from Virgil's webmaster, Jeppe Morgenthaler
Today is Virgil's 60th birthday. It means that Virgil has more than 57-years of unbelievable dedication to drumming and music under his belt, and for that, he is certainly worth celebrating.
Virgil's relentless pursuit to better himself is an inspiration to everyone who has ever worked with him, or witnessed his artistic output.
As a composer, he is artistically un-compromised and as a drummer he is a unique specimen, capable of things most people find impossible.
I hope you will join me alongside Travis Orbin, Marco Minnemann, (with Bryan Beller and Guthrie Govan) Thomas Lang, Dave Weckl and Vinnie Colaiuta, in wishing Virgil a very happy birthday.
Happy Birthday Virgil!
On tour, Virgil has really locked in with Junior Braguinha. Check out these recent highlights from The French Revolution Tour
Here's a teaser in French for the fans who are attending Virgil's upcoming French Revolution Tour
The dates for Virgil's upcoming French Revolution Tour have been updated with ticket information. Head on over to the tour dates and secure one for yourself!
AND a Meet & Greet has just been added for September 26 in Paris. Email email@example.com for tickets to that specific event.
Virgil was interviewed a while back, for Drumtalk. This interview covers a range of elements in his approach to music, his playing, and in his life.
Virgil recently returned from a succesful clinic tour and he has compiled 30+ minutes of highlights from his time in Cape Town. Enjoy!
Virgil playing around with his new DW Purple Heart Kit.
Here's a few thoughts on the limited time spent on sound check, before any show
In a recent interview with Mike Dolbear, Peter Erskine and Dave Weckl share a few thoughts on Virgil. The entire interview is really great and worth watching, and the part where they talk about Virgil starts at 22:40 and continues after the ad with Gergo Borlai.
You don't *have* to buy the IceFish debut album, Human Hardware, on Amazon, BUT Virgil and the guys are extremely appreciative of the Amazon feedback from people who already bought Human Hardware. You can get the album, or one of the amazing play-along versions of it, right here.
Happy New Year!
Over the past many years, I've been fortunate to meet countless great musicians as well as dedicated students. Some fitting both bills.
I've wanted for a while to draw your attention to some of the most hardworking and inspired younger drummers I've crossed passes with in my travels.
This is not something I am likely to make a habit of, and I want to stress that none of the guys I want to mention have asked me to give a shout out of any kind.
But I wanted to highlight a group of drummers who have dedicated their time to foster impressive talents and each make a contribution to the wonderful world of drumming.
I met Valerio Luncantoni at the Croatia Drum Camp in 2011, and at that time, as a young student of the drums, he showed a lot of potential, but still had a lot of work to do. He put his head down, worked very hard, and is now producing his own music and records. You should check out his project The Wormhole Experience.
Jonathan Lundberg is a Swedish drummer who's been touring and recording with members of Dirty Loops as well as two notable friends of mine, Derek Sherinian and Hadrien Feraud. We first met in LA, many years ago, when he came to me for lessons. Jonathan has released two full-length albums, both of which are worth checking out. His compositions, as well as his playing, are artistically mature and impressively well-rounded.
I played alongside a number of great drummers on Carl King's latest album. Travis Orbin was an early member of my old message board (so was Jonathan btw) and at one point, many years ago, Travis simply told the rest of us that he was leaving the board for a while to go practice. He didn't kid around. Travis has truly honed a unique, technically radical, progressive style, and his quirky, edgy compositions serve as the perfect platform for his amazing abilities.
Here's the brand new poster for our upcoming Human Hardware release tour! See you on the road?