MEINL's third international drum festival
Meinl is proud to announce that the company’s third international Meinl Drum Festival will take place at the Svenska Mässan in Göteborg, Sweden on November 02, 2013. Meinl will produce the festival in cooperation with Crafton Musik, Meinl’s distributor for Sweden and Denmark.
“Each of our eight previous festivals so far have been phenomenal and this year’s edition won’t be any different Scandinavia’s music scene sets trends worldwide. It is very multifaceted and will lend us the foundation for another unforgettable international Meinl Drum Festival.”
Meinl’s festival organizer Norbert Saemann
“We are proud to be the host for the 2013 Meinl Drum Festival in Göteborg. Bringing such a word-class and prestigious festival to our home country is a great honor for us. We are looking forward to that experience.”
Crafton’s Per Burstrom
Juan Carlos Mendoza (USA)
Juan Carlos is the winner of the 2012 Guitar Center Drum Off which is the biggest and one of the most prestigious drumming contests worldwide. After having made Meinl Cymbals his cymbal company of choice, the Drum Off winner was awarded with the opening slot for the next Meinl Drum Festival.
After previous Drum Off champions Isaias Gil (winner 2010) and JP Bouvet (winner 2011) having opened the last two Meinl Drum Festivals, we are proud to announce that Juan Carlos will be the opening act for our this year's event.
Rodney Holmes (USA)
Over the years, Rodney has played with artists such as Randy and Mike Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Joe Zawinul, Victor Baily, Santana, Wayne Shorter, the Steve Kimock Band, and many others. Rodney has also released a solo album titled “Twelve Months of October” on which he not only reveals himself as the great drummer that he is, but also proves himself to be an outstanding composer and arranger.
Rodney is one of the world’s greatest drummers. His playing is captivating and startling with a sense of sheer confidence. It seems that without the slightest doubt what he plays and how he plays it is absolutely right and the only way to do it.
Peter Wildoer (Sweden) & Dirk Verbeuren (Belgium, USA)
Peter is the drummer in Darkane and James LaBrie. In addition he is a very active clinician and educator, adapt in styles ranging from metal to jazz to fusion. His symmetrically positioned drum set allows him to execute intricate patterns that give him a unique and individual touch.
In addition to being a permanent member of Swedish metal act Soilwork, Dirk is also an in-demand session drummer working for numerous artists, and was hired to contribute to Toontrack Music’s Metal Foundry drum library. In 2013 Soilwork released their latest album The Living Infinite which will keep Dirk busy touring throughout the whole year.
For the first time ever, Peter and Dirk will perform a rehearsed show together at the 2013 Meinl Drum Festival.
Morten Lund (Denmark)
Not only is Danish jazz drummer Morten Lund co-leading the trio of Italian jazz piano giant Stefano Bollani, but he has also played on more than 60 albums as a sideman. He is one of the most active drummers in the Danish jazz scene and has gained a reputation worldwide as a drummer, musician, composer and educator. Morton is a phenomenal drummer who lets the music breathe. His style of playing is focused around the cymbals and the sounds that he extracts from them, which leaves air and room for improvised art within the music he plays.
Morton's appearance at the 2013 Meinl Drum Festival will be his drum festival debut and we are very proud to have him as part of our line up.
Benny Greb (Germany)
Benny is a drumming superstar and undoubtedly one of the most popular and beloved drummers in the world right now. His playing is slick, full of musicality and finesse. It has style and defines today’s modern drumming.
Over the last few years Benny has rightly achieved world class status and recognition in the drum community by touring globally, entertaining drummers worldwide with his clinics. Benny can also be found playing with a broad assortment of musicians, all demanding his tasteful and immaculate playing style. You can find him in rock or jazz settings, working with classical musicians or film composers. And of course, Benny is also a highly in-demand session player in his native Germany, where his studio duties also include the roles of composer and producer.