Mark Kelso

The Jazz Exiles

Mark Kelso

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Website
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„The sonic perfection crafted into Paiste cymbals makes them unique sounding and musically fulfilling in any given circumstance. The amazing array of sounds have never let me down ever and I have used them in almost every setting. I just love them!“

Setup

Mark Kelso

Cymbals listed from left to right

10" 2002 Splash
14" PST X Swiss Flanger Crash
14" Twenty Hi-Hat (discontinued)
22" Signature Traditionals Light Ride
22" Masters Dark Ride
11" Signature Traditionals Thin Splash (discontinued)
18" 2002 Thin Crash

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Biography

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2-time Juno nominee, Mark Kelso has grown up in the musically rich city of Toronto, Canada. Not only is he a skilled musician who plays the drums, but he has also established himself as a singer, producer, composer and bandleader as well. As a music educator Mark has also been an integral part of the Humber College Music program as the percussion dept head since 2005. Mark’s ability to play a wide variety of styles has helped him become one of Canada’s most sought after players. Here are a few of the artists mark has worked with - Pat Metheny, Donny McCaslin, David Clayton-Thomas (BS&T), Holly Cole, Hilario Duran, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Michael Bublé, Olivia Newton John, Dave Grusin, Larry Coryell, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie MacMaster, Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Susan Tedeschi, Gino Vannelli, Mike Stern, Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) and many more. Currently Mark has recorded on over 350 recordings. Aside from playing many TV/radio jingles and movie soundtracks, Mark has also been featured in Drums ETC, Canadian Musician, Drumhead, Drum Scene and Modern Drummer magazines. Mark has also been a featured clinician/performer at the Montreal Drumfest, IAJE, Musicfest, KOSA, PAS, Regina Drum Festival, The Stickman Drum Experience, the Whack Bam Thudd festival, Victoria Drum Festival and the Cape Breton Drum Festival. Mark released his first instructional drum DVD entitled, “Musician First, Drummer Second” to great acclaim.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, fluttering slightly tinny. Medium range, complex mix. Flabby feel. Very responsive, and quick fading. Extraordinary, explosive sound where precise accents are needed in many styles of music. Also well-suited for hand playing.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Medium bright, full, silvery, breathy. Wide range, slightly complex, dense mix. Soft, giving, very responsive feel. A sturdy thin crash with a rich, cutting character. Perfect for patterned playing and filling sound spaces in minimal instrumentation.

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