Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio Hernandez – Traveling Through Time
Nov 25 2014
This DVD features two of the music world’s most innovative Latin percussionists – Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez – performing music from their debut CD Traveling Through Time. Prepare to experience some of the most incredible footage of drumset and congas ever filmed.
Interspersed within stunning performances are educational segments where the two masters explain how they conceived each duet, how they approach their individual parts, and how they approach their improvisations within each piece, giving you never-before-seen insight into both their technical and musical applications.
The world of Latin percussion has produced some incredible performers. Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio Hernandez can count themselves amongst the cream of the crop, and gear they perform a selection of material from their “Travelling Through Time” album. extensive interview footage is also included, offering valuable insight into how the two Latin jazz geniuses go about their work.
For Intermediate to Advanced players of Congas and Timbales showing advanced Conga and Drumset interaction. 2 hours 30 minutes of pure enjoyment and good tips and exercises. Live pieces at breakneck speed and later analysis on the pattern development, pattern breakdown and interaction analysis with four pieces(a Rumba Jam, a Cha, Timba y Bateria and Enea) and not a nail clipper in sight.
Both Giovanni and El Negro have the most amazing other-worldly percussion skills. If you enjoy drums and percussion on the afro-latin side this is definately for you. This dvd contains numerous compositions and an individual solo by each performer. Following most compositions there are five or ten minute conversations between Giovanni and El Negro regarding the “analysis” of what was just performed. There are no other musicians involved and no other musical instruments other than the drum set and congas. These two should really be considered mad scientist as they decipher secret formulas of rhythym and experiment with various beats and tempos.
You will be absolutely amazed at the dexterity these two master musicians exibit. Giovanni plays his congas with authority and lightning quick precission. Just watch his hands. Almost animalistic in appearance and they seem to be made of rubber. Every movement looks and sounds different then the last. Sound emenates from everywhere, fingers, palms, wrist, knuckles, fists, elbows, even fingernails! Can feet and toes be far behind? El Negro is all over the drumkit at once. Relaxed but totally in command, each limb playing independently of the other, and each movement expertly coordinated. He makes it look easy, but it is what it is, mad science! The left foot playfully bounces between cowbell and highhat, at the same time the left hand is off doing its own seemingly unrelated rythym on the wood block. Meanwhile, the right hand and foot are engaged in some bizare polyrythmic explosion.
The camera angles, lighting, and editing are all done to perfection. The studio setting is exquisite with beautiful hardwood floors and colorful tiled walls. Lovely rugs and candles also add to the ambiance. The special features are nicely done as well, including an additional solo from Giovanni and his reflections on conga playing, style, practice, etcetera. For all you drum and percussion enthusiast out there I am certain you will enjoy this.
Running time: 2 hours
Video: MPEG-2, 720×480, 4:3, 6.55Mbps, 30 fps
Audio: AC3 256 Kbps 48kHz 2 ch
Size: 3.84 Gb + 3.97 Gb