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Tama Player 01-11-2008 04:44 AM

John Favicchia here
He is one of my favorite fusion/jazzy/Latin drummers around. His music with his band (Dharma Allstars) is excellent, I just can't get enough!! I did his website (johnfav.com and be warned Mozilla users, your version is not done yet, lol) and talked to him on the phone and he is very relaxed person to talk to and is just great in general. Here is his bio [hint hint Bernhard, ; ) ].


One of todays top players, New York-based John Favicchia has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Steve Khan, Tony Levin, Chieli Minucci, Lonnie Plaxico, John Benitez, Harvie Swartz, Larry Coryell, Dean Brown,Chris Geith and Bob Malach. His band Dharma All Stars blends various styles into a powerful blast of fusion that spans the extremes of the dynamic range, Favicchia has been busy touring and recording as well as stepping up to the plate with his own solo releases. His debut, World Time, earned rave reviews and was a Top 10 Critics Pick of the Year in Jazziz Magazine. The latest, Dharma, offers an intriguing mix of melody, eclecticism, and tight ensemble playing with the likes of all-star guests including Khan, Brown, Swartz, Dave Mann, and Chieli Minucci. Favicchia is all about the mindful side of playing drums of making music from the mind, for the mind. Definitely, he says, Its all about the soul and the mind, but its very visceral as well. Im caressing the sounds out of my cymbals in one bar, but when the music takes off and I start to wail, I take no prisoners.
Increasingly in demand for drum clinics and festivals, John has recently played such major events as:

Cape Brenton Drum Fest Canada
Denver Music Institute Denver ,CO
Drummers Collective NYC
Quebec City Music, Canada
Just Drums, Toronto Canada
Slam Jam 05 New Jersey
East Coast Guitar Center Tour
Sam Ash Music US Tour
Long Island Drum Center

Said Mike Lomonaco, Just Drums, Toronto: John Favicchia is great. Hes a dynamic, very involved player who blew us all away with his great playing and personality. When he arrived to play his clinic not everyone knew who he was. He soon changed that! John Endorses: Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo drum heads. L.P. Percussion, Hansenfutz practice pedals, Real Feel Pads, DrumFun and Samson Mics.

and a few vids ....


some sound clips of his band...


Thats about it, enjoy!


jeffwj 01-11-2008 05:01 AM

Re: John Favicchia
Yes. I'd love to take a lesson off of John one of these days. He is a very tasteful player with a great groove. If anyone doesn't know of him, check out his website - www.johnfav.com. There are sound and video files there as well.


*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-10-2008 04:06 PM

John Favicchia here
Hey Everyone!! John Favicchia here---

All my drum buddies told me to stop by and post here. I must say this is an amazing site and forum. It is great to see all the great players up here.

I have been posting some new vids on youtube if you want to check them out.

video 1

I also have a new website -Johnfav.com-all my gig dates and sounds clips are up there!

That is it for now.



Phil Maturano 02-10-2008 04:56 PM

You old daaawwggg!!!!! Whatss uuppp!!!!! hahaaaaaaa
Man lets talk on the phone huh?

Nice to see you here!
Big hugs

mind_drummer 02-10-2008 05:05 PM

Welcome on DrummerWorld forum John.

Make yourself DW forum a comfy home, have fun & enjoy your stay.

Nice clip there, I enjoyed that double-bass groove. The kit sound really nice.

Take care


*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-10-2008 06:13 PM

Hey Phil!!!!!

Great to see you on here. You in the States? Lets talk in real time for sure...Call any time..


*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-10-2008 06:17 PM

Hey Mind Drummer-

Thanks for checking the video out. Glad you enjoyed it..I worked hard on my drum sound. I think it is finally getting there!

Here is the rest of the youtube clips--videos

That Guy 02-10-2008 06:38 PM

Welcome to Drummerworld John!

I'm really digging the sound of your kit. It's not your everyday sound. It has a nice street gig sound... definately making it your own.

Phil Maturano 02-10-2008 09:19 PM

Fav drop me a line and tell me when to call you.
I am back in NY now. Lets hook up mang!!!

PS monday, keith at bitter end.

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-10-2008 11:50 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
Hey Phil-

Be around tomorrow during the day..Lets talk then..

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-10-2008 11:53 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
Hey Teeg-

Thanks -glad you are digging my sound..Gets better every day!! Will posting some new stuff soon..

Tama Player 02-11-2008 03:37 AM

Re: John Favicchia here

Originally Posted by *JOHN FAVICCHIA * (Post 408542)
Hey Teeg-

Thanks -glad you are digging my sound..Gets better every day!! Will posting some new stuff soon..

My man John! Its Alex who did your site! Glad to see you around!

Alex R

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-11-2008 03:57 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
Not sure of the etiquette on forums but thought I would post my next clinic tour dates...


Mar 11 2008 7:00PM DRUM CLINIC @ SAM ASH MUSIC Cherry Hill ,NJ
Mar 13 2008 7:00PM DRUM CLINIC @ SAM ASH MUSIC Huntington, NY
Mar 18 2008 7:00PM DRUM CLINIC @ SAM ASH MUSIC Edison ,New Jersey
Mar 20 2008 7:00PM DRUM CLINIC @ SAM ASH MUSIC King Of Prussia,PA
Mar 27 2008 7:00PM DRUM CLINIC @ SAM ASH MUSIC Paramus ,New Jersey
April 10 2008 7:00PM DRUM CLINIC @ SAM ASH MUSIC White Plains, NY
April 24 2008 7:00PM DRUM CLINIC @ SAM ASH MUSIC New York City

Tama Player 02-12-2008 01:38 AM

Re: John Favicchia here

Originally Posted by DanBritt (Post 408596)
By the way, Alex is great at all this tech stuff! ... We need people like you Alex, great work!!

As a funny side note, John lives in Long Island and I live in NJ.

But on March 27th, I'm doing a Sam Ash clinic in Long Island, and he's doing one in NJ (15 minutes from me) lol

I'm telling my students to go to his, and he's telling his crew to go to mine lol

Hey Dan! Nice to see you as well!

Alex R

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-13-2008 12:17 AM

Re: John Favicchia here
Just posted a new video- hope everyone enjoys it.

New Video

jeffwj 02-16-2008 07:12 PM

Re: John Favicchia here

Have you considered putting out a book or DVD. A lot of us dig your playing and would benefit from your insight.


*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-16-2008 10:13 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
Hey Jeff-


I have a book that is coming out on my Elements concept. If anyone has seen one of my clinics this is the main topic I talk about. It is a method for bridging the gap between technique and application to drum set...

I have a few offers from publishers. I have some meetings set up to see were it all goes. I will keep you posted and thanks!!

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-19-2008 09:36 PM

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Thanks Dan-

. This is the clinic sheet I hand out at clinics. I thought I would share it with everyone..If you have any questions let me know.


Disco Stu 02-23-2008 05:50 AM

Re: John Favicchia here
Groovy, man. Great to have you on board at the DW forum. Ever do clinics on the West Coast?

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-23-2008 05:19 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
Hey DS- just got done with a west coast clinic tour- Maybe see you next time!!??

Thanks for saying hello


*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 02-27-2008 02:08 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
Here is a Video that is a drum lesson on my Elements concept...http://youtube.com/watch?v=CkaMXT-6rXI

Let me know what you think!


*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 03-11-2008 06:14 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
I hope to see you at one of my drum clinics this week!!!

March 11 Sam Ash Music -Cherry Hill NJ

March 13 Sam Ash Music-Huntington NY

NEW VIDS-http://www.youtube.com/drummernyc

smoney22 03-12-2008 03:44 AM

Re: John Favicchia here
Hey just got back from one of your clinics at a Sam Ash, just wanted to say it was great! Gave me a chance to hear some great playing and give me some new ideas for things to practice and ways to approach things. Thanks for the great clinic!

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 03-12-2008 06:09 AM

Re: John Favicchia here
Hey Smoney-

Thanks for coming by the clinic-It was nice to meet you. Glad you enjoyed it!! If you have any questions on the hand out- or on anything let me know..

Keep in touch.


PS- There is some videos of my Elements concept on youtube.


Deltadrummer 03-14-2008 07:26 AM

Re: John Favicchia here

Thanks again for the great clinic. Great playing, lots of learning and lots of useful ideas. And I even won a prize!!! Thanks also to Lou and the guys at Sam Ash, Huntington. It was a great time.


*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 03-14-2008 03:52 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
Hey Ken-

Thanks for the nice words regarding my clinic. It was great to see you . I enjoyed the clinic. It was great to have some many drummers be part of the conversation and hopefully leave with some helpful info. I thought I played well and Lou does a great job there at Sam Ash Huntington. If you get a chance send a note to Vic Firth & Sabian. Thanks!! info@vicfirth.com info@sabian.com

Just posted a New drum lesson vid on youtube

Keep in touch!!



*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 03-14-2008 04:02 PM

Some new vids up
New Vids are now up. Hope you enjoy!!!

Garvin 03-14-2008 04:22 PM

Re: Some new vids up
Nice stuff, I just linked to one of your videos on another thread. Great sounding drums!

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 03-14-2008 05:42 PM

Re: Some new vids up
Hey Garvin-

Thanks for checking it out!!! Nice cymbal set up. Like were you put them-!!

Darmikalus 03-14-2008 09:49 PM

Re: Some new vids up
excellent playing! what kind of snare drum is that? it sounds awesome, kind of sound im looking for

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 03-15-2008 04:25 AM

Re: Some new vids up
Thanks!! The snare is a custon drum I had made.. 13 x 5 1/2 brass

I love the drum...Really has a nice sound and feel!!

smoney22 03-15-2008 05:17 AM

Re: Some new vids up
Hey I was there for that! Great stuff, I need to get my hands on some Oak Customs.

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 03-15-2008 04:02 PM

Re: Some new vids up
Hey Smoney

What Vid were you at? The one with the should check??

Deltadrummer 03-15-2008 04:20 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
No problem John.

I'm getting my clave going:) I kind of scribbled down those Afro-Cuban books you recommended. Could you tell me what they were again?

I'm looking forward to seeing the band when you guys come to Piccolo's in Huntington on the 26th of March.

Deltadrummer 03-15-2008 06:14 PM

Re: John Favicchia Drum Clinic Review

I couldn't believe the list when John said he was at the LIDC back in the day with Jim Chapin, Al Miller, Frank Bellucci, Bobby Rondinelli and Dom Famularo. I was thinking, that's not a faculty, that's a drum summit.


*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 03-15-2008 10:16 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
HI Ken-

The books are

1-Frank Malabe-Afro cuban rythms for drum set

2-drummers collective series on cuban drumming by Memo Aceveda

3-Horacio Hernandez-conversations in clave

But I would also try my Elements like I showed you at the clinic!!!!

Here is a video example of clave with my group....

gusty 03-16-2008 01:14 AM

Re: Some new vids up
Very cool, really tight sound. I like it.

*JOHN FAVICCHIA * 03-16-2008 04:10 AM

Re: Some new vids up
Thanks Gusty!!

this is my youtube channel-I keep posting all my vids on there. I am currenty on a East Coast Tour and will be posting all the vids from that as well...

smoney22 03-16-2008 05:30 AM

Re: Some new vids up
Yes the sound check at the Cherry Hill Sam Ash.

Deltadrummer 03-16-2008 08:16 PM

Re: John Favicchia here
thanks John,

You know, when I first saw your grid, it took me back to HS trig and combinations. So the total number of combinations possible from the grid in 4/4 time would be 2 to the 16th power , if I am correct, 0's and I's, if each 16th note is on or off. If you take just the rhythmic ideas created by the potential of the grid, you can multiple that by accented v unaccented notes and the number of drums you have, which should begin to give you a good idea of the number of possibilities the grid creates.

2 to the 16th power X ( 2 ) X the number of drums you have to that power. (if you have 6 drums it is 6 to the 6th power, add cymbals the number could easily be 15-20.)

then on to thirty second notes . :)

and then onto poly-rhythm . . .

The drums are so easy to play. Once you get four part independence, you add the musicality of dynamics and the drums or cymbals you are on and you see quickly that it goes far beyond your four limbs and the potential becomes quite staggering.

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