B. Mus. (York)
B.Ed (York) in-progress
David Zada is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, who plays, variously, drums, piano, or his own voice, in clubs, festivals, fundraisers, churches, and other venues about the city.
Zada graduated from York University’s jazz program in 2015, having received the Olive Lower Prize in Jazz Piano in his final year. He hopes to continue making people dance and smile for as long as possible.*
Get to know David…Beyond the Bio!
Hobbies: I like stand-up comedy, singing with other people (anything from choir to karaoke), and petting dogs!
Musical influences: My earliest influences come from the interrelated worlds of jazz, classic rock, country, and folk. Mainly: Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Gordon Lightfoot, Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline, The Doors, Queen, and so on. But I’m always absorbing whatever I’m exposed to, learning and adapting, as is necessary.
Favourite food: Anything spicy!
Least favourite food: Cooked spinach.
Favourite music: I’m REALLY into neo-soul right now. Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, and Hiatus Kaiyote exemplify this style for me.
Favourite song: Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life, especially as performed by Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane’s Quartet.
Favourite movie: Twelve Monkeys is up there.
Favouirite movie music: Bernard Hermann’s score from Psycho is a personal favourite.
Favourite musical theatre/opera: Favourite show: Cabaret (Kander & Ebb). Favourite Opera: Satyagraha (Phillip Glass).
Best quote from your teacher: “Now I know this all sounds overwhelming, but I’ll show you what to listen to, what to listen for…what to listen six.” – Kelly Jefferson
Favourite quote: “I’d rather be one of the few than one of the many. […] If I was suddenly to become popular, I’d have to think that something was wrong with me.” – Barry Harris
Favourite book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Best thing about teaching at ABC: I find the students are excited about the instrument, and willing to learn. That’s all I ask!
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Pablo – Continue practicing the beats from last week…in addition, practice the single stroke roll and the double stroke roll. Single stroke roll: RLRLRLRL Double stroke roll: RRLLRRLL
Gavin – Practice your recital rep: March and Ode to Joy (LH only). Practice with Liam and use a metronome to keep in time.
Yoan – Practice the single and double stroke rolls (see Pablo’s homework above for the correct sticking), and find your proper grip. Remember to look for 3 main things: 1) Fulcrum between index finger and thumb which the stick can roll in; 2) Other three fingers supporting the stick at the pads of the fingers; 3) Minimal tension…the stick must be able to move around in your hand so do not choke it. Check out this video which goes over some of the concepts we talked about in the last lesson re: finding the spot on the stick that gets maximum bounce, secure fulcrum, etc.
Pablo – You should see an image below with the beats we have worked on (scroll down)
Katheline – Work on more pieces from both books. Work on major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales that begin on white keys.
Daniel – Work on ‘2 Black Ants’, ‘2 Black Birds’, ‘Into the Cave’ and the Kitten Song.
Gavin – Work on the March and the left hand part from Ode to Joy. Memorize them, but don’t forget to bring your scores.
Yoan – Listen to some Kenny Clarke (played with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and others; pioneer of bebop drumming). Practice the beats pictured, and add in the basic jazz beat (Quarter notes on ride cymbal, 2 and 4 on hihat).
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