Ivan Diaz Bosphorus Cymbals Artist

Bosphorus Cymbals was established in 1996 by three master cymbal smiths, Hasan Seker, Ibrahim Yakici and Hasan Ozdemir. They are called Masters because they are the most experienced cymbal smiths in Turkey who are still working actively.

The founders of Bosphorus were three good friends who grew up in the same neighborhood. Their common thread was being sent to work in a neighborhood cymbal workshop. Their humble beginings included cleaning the workshop and other menial tasks, but in time they were trained in the art of making cymbals. In the early ages of their youth they became cymbal smiths. Their teachers were the masters who manufactured the legendary cymbals of 60’s and 70’s.

After 16 years at the same workshop the friends ventured off on their own and established their own company. Today they maintain good relationships with their former employers. The Masters continue to respect their teachers to this day.

Bosphorus Cymbals has a strong team of cymbal smiths whom are trained at the Bosphorus Factory and most of them working for the company since day one. The Masters continue to craft in the workshop with their workers, guiding them to create the perfect cymbals with their 36 years of experience.

Ivan Diaz Canopus Drums Artist

Revive The 60’s Jazz Sound

With the NV60 M1 drum set Canopus has achieved the perfect balance between the classic, vintage sound of the 1960’s and the expectations of modern drum set performance and design. Its rich, sophisticated sound suits it to a wide range of musical genres. A major attraction of the NV60-M1 is its wider tuning range – which one is unlikely to experience with vintage drums.

R     I     T     M     I     A

Ritmia was created as a method for developing a strong inner pulse, a deep understanding of rhythm and the ability to hear and interpret the rhythmic patterns that we hear. Music is a form of communication, and we need to be able to interpret what others play in order to respond accordingly, just like when we ́re having a conversation.

As drummers and musicians there are 3 basic skills we need to develop:

1.- Inner time or inner pulse.

2.-The conditioning of our limbs so that we can perform the different rhythms in time and with a great feel.
3.- Our ears

After many years of teaching I ́ve realized that only very few, extremely gifted players have these 3 elements by default, so even though these players become amazing performers, they might not have the ability to explain how to develop those skills because it ́s something they already had as a part of their natural talent. That makes it very difficult for the “not super rhythmically talented” drummer/musician to get guidance on how to achieve such high level in an area that has been, in my opinion, highly overlooked.

Although there are great methods on the market today, they are basically geared towards the development of coordination. In my experience, there are some basic steps to take before studying that type of material. If we think about our limbs as four separate drummers and our brain as a “master drummer”, then coordination exercises should not be the first step. First, the “master drummer” (brain) should develop a strong sense of time and pulse and a deep understanding of subdivisions and basic rhythmic figures. Then, we need to train each of the four drummers (limbs) to perform those subdivisions and figures in time and with a great feel. Then and only then should we move on to coordinate this “drummers ensemble ”to play and perform as a tight unit. Ritmia will provide exercises to cover these first steps based on the basic concept from which the drumset and drumset playing were born: 4 drummers in 1.