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Rich Pagano Joins Faculty at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU

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Singer/songwriter/producer/drummer Rich Pagano will teach a hands-on course at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU - The Art of Recording Classic Drums this summer. This 6-part hands-on studio course covers techniques of instrument and drum head selection, tuning, and recording the "classic" drum sounds typified by Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Phil Spector's Wall of Sound (drummer, Hal Blaine), Rudy van Gelder's jazz sound of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Motown, John Bonham and 'The 70's' sound.

The workshop will be complemented with extensive historical documentation including personal interviews with engineering legends Geoff Emerick (The Beatles), Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan), and Chris Huston (early The Who/Led Zeppelin), along with session set-up sheets and photos from the above other greats like Glynn Johns.

The course description is "Drum sounds have the potential to exhibit as much personality on a recording as a vocalist or soloist.  However, a great drum sound can be difficult to obtain.  Through this course, the creative student will learn the techniques necessary to expand their acoustic drum-sound "library".  This hands-on studio course covers techniques of instrument and drum head selection, tuning, and recording the "classic" drum sounds typified by Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Phil Spector's Wall of Sound (drummer, Hal Blaine), Rudy van Gelder's jazz sound of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Motown, John Bonham and 'The 70's' sound. The class incorporates tangible fact, sonic archaeology, and intuitive hypothesis in the process of unearthing how legendary producers and engineers from the ‘50s through the ‘80s realized the percussive sounds that would become the foundation upon which pop music has been built."

Rich Pagano has made a living as a highly sought after New York City session drummer, studio owner, music producer and touring musician. His recording, producing and stage credits include, Patti Smith, Rosanne Cash, Robbie Robertson, Ray Davies, Willie Nile, gospel icon Marie Knight, Joan Osborne, Levon Helm, Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter and the premier Beatles band, The Fab Faux, of which he is a founding member and singer/drummer.

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