Last night, Damian and myself stopped by to see Chris Carbonaro playing at The Green Iguana with a fellow musician / guitar player Mclean Mannix. Mclean in his own right was very talented and entertaining, but we're here to share some of our good friend Chris Carbonaro with you.
The set we watched was around 45 minutes, and we filmed a few songs of Chris playing. To start the set off, was a cover of The Beatles - Walrus which was respecfully performed by Chris and Mclean. This particular song was also played by Mike Portnoy at Modern Drummer Festival. Mike Portnoy is one of Chris's drumming influences, so it was nice to see how Chris follows his influences in musical taste as well.
Somewhere between 311 and Prince, this breakdown occured, very smooth, improvisational and man just groovy -- check out the congos and listen to that Instanbul ride ring out:
Was that Super Mario Brothers?
My particular favorite was the Acoustic version of Tool - Sober that came out of nowhere. The set went great, then a member from the audience decided to join in and sing some Sublime. The performance was a near Karaokee experience, so Chris had to end the set on a more serious note, which summoned this Sobering sound that he and Mclean laid down. Check this out:
Listen to the same Audio recorded with our Sony PCM-D50 recorder next to his ride cymbal. This gives a more defined drumset sound and reduces the fuzz from our smaller camera:
Any Drummer in the world can respect Chris's laid back and deep approach to that song.
Soon after, we toured Chris's kit. I'll let the video speak for itself, but this kit has an incredible amount of history. It's not a typical kit we assure you. This is a special one, just listen to Chris describe..
Chris Carbonaro is an outstanding musician, and a great person -- a real drummer. I've been following and consulting with him for a few years now since I met him in Las Vegas playing a trio act with some friends.
(The picture above is Kevin Connely, Chris Carbonaro and Anthony Parrulli during "CanFusion" in the Las Vegas Tangerine Club, September 15, 2006 when I met Chris the first time.)
Chris is not a stranger to big audiences, productions, and studio work. He's toured around the world with productions such as Blue Man Group (Production / Drum Tech, etc) and Walt Disney's Jammitors (Performer). Chris has been playing drums since his teen years and has been very fortunate to study with people such as n, Zoro - 'The Minister of Groove', Dom Famularo, Jason Harnel, Casey Grillo and many more great legends of our times. He's an accomplished drum instructor, gigging musician, studio drummer, and also teaches drum lines for schools around the Clearwater / Tampa, FL area.
To see all the pics click here http://www.drummerconnection.com/v/Users/webadmin/Chris+Carbonaro+The+Green+Iguana/Chris+Carbonaro+Green+Iguana/
Chris also has a handful of videos and audio on his Drummer Connection Profile. Please check him out:
Chris will be attending the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert in New York City with the Drummer Connection crew as our special guest.