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  John Favicchia

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John Favicchia

John Favicchia, born on March 6, 1966 in Long Island, New York, is an Italian-American drummer, composer, educator and clinician based in the New York City area.

Favicchia, who started playing the drums at the age of 13, was initially selt-taught but by the age of 16 was taking drum lessons with private instructors in the New York area. By the time he was 18, John decided to become a full-time musician.

John Favicchia has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Steve Khan, Tony Levin, Chieli Minucci, Lonnie Plaxico, John Benitez, Harvie S, Larry Coryell, Dean Brown, Rachel Z, Eddie Money, The Tokens, Kerry Kearney, Chris Geith, Laco Deczi, Mike Pope, Steve Adelson and Bob Malach. Known for his extreme versatility, in the course of a week John can be seen drumming from NYC Jazz Clubs to Rock Concert halls to International Drum Festivals as well as the top Music Festivals around the world.

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. In 2001 he released Dharma, offering 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. "It’s all about the soul and the mind," says Favicchia, "but it’s very visceral as well. I’m 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."

In 2010, Favicchia released his drum educational book/cd, Elements: A Comprehensive Guide to Improving Your Drumset Vocabulary, which presents a comprehensive system to improve your drumming vocabulary and improvisational skills.

To learn more about John, his products and services, watch Bart Elliott's Interview with John Favicchia, recorded November 2011 in Indianapolis, IN during the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).

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