Udo Demandt

About

Udo_Demandt_Codarts_World_Music_Flamenco_CajónUdo Demandt werd geboren in het midden van Duitsland in 1969 (Siegen). “Sinds mijn achtste speel ik drums, mijn eerste band bestond uit mijn zus op orgel en mijn broer op accordeon.
Ik woonde de lokale fanfare bij en ik sloot me aan bij kleine dansorkesten die Waltzes, Polkas, Schlager, Ragtime & Swing speelden en speelde in schoolbands die Beat & Pop, Jazz & Rock op het repertoire hadden.
Rond mijn 20e verjaardag werd ik verliefd op percussie en begon ik in een Bossa Nova-groep. Ik ging percussie en drums (wereldmuziek) studeren aan het Rotterdams Conservatorium in 1995.
Ik heb uitstapjes naar Brazilië, Spanje, Griekenland en Italië gedaan. Tegenwoordig speel ik regelmatig met Magda Mendes, Luzazul, Primos del Norte, Lilian Vieira, Fernando Lameirinhas en Windstreken Ensemble.”

Motivation

Why do you believe students should come to codarts?

At Codarts you will meet an unique mix of teachers and students and guests of almost all nationalities in the world. The school is constantly evolving thanks to initiatives of staff and students

What are you going to teach them?

Besides teaching the basics of Cajón in Flamenco Music and Percussion setups as they are used in World- and Popular music of nowadays, I set goals with every student about his personal style, Percussion setup, alternative finger- / stick- / brushtechniques. I try to find the focus on the students’ personal possibilities, personal career, and personality at all.

How are you going to teach them?

By running through a list of necessary skills and techniques which reflect my last years of teaching and playing; By preparing the songs / pieces of the upcoming exams which the students chose; By brainstorming / discussing the personal taste, passion, goal of the student; By focussing on the technical and musical themes which emerge dur.ing the schoolyear – following the students main interests in terms of style, sound, character.

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