Tony Liotta

Freelance

Tony Liotta

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About

Paiste Artist Since
August 1990

Nationality
Germany

Main Affiliations
Freelance
Vivaldi Metal Project

Website
tonyliotta.com

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Setup

Cymbals listed from left to right

10" PST X Swiss Hats
15" Twenty Hi-Hat (discontinued)
8" Twenty Mini China (discontinued)
10" Twenty Mini China (discontinued)
12" Twenty Mini China (discontinued)
8" Signature Splash
10" Twenty Splash (discontinued)
6" Signature Splash
4" 2002 Accent Cymbal
4" 2002 Accent Cymbal
8" Twenty Splash (discontinued)
16" Twenty Thin China (discontinued)
14" PST X Swiss Flanger Crash
16" PST X Swiss Thin Crash
18" Alpha Thin Swiss Crash (discontinued)
17" Twenty Crash (discontinued)
18" Twenty Thin Crash (discontinued)
16" Twenty Thin Crash (discontinued)
22" Signature Dark Energy Ride Mark I
22" Masters Swish

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Biography

New York and New Orleans, there the native Italian grew up. Tony Liotta is an international touring Drummer and Percussionist, nowadays he lives in Germany. For more than 40 years Liotta enriches the music scene by his unique grooves and sounds. He is one of the multifaceted Drummers. He got his first studio job, at the age of ten, a studio production for "Young Generation". Meanwhile he is wellknown as a "First Take Drummer”. Tony Liotta Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 by Euro Casting (Italy). Holder of the "German Rock Pop Prize 2018", category Best Cover Band and “German Rock Pop Prize 2020” category “Best Drummer”. His Single “Funky Donkey” received 2020 Gold Disc status. The press calls him the "Chief of Groove”. “Tony Liotta's album Colours Of Life is a contemporary document of the art of drummimng” Sticks – drum magazine Germany. Liotta's recent activities include the release of his new album “Visions” with some of the most famous musicans, like two-time Grammy Award winner Jimbo Hart, the recently deceased Dr. John, the famous Will Mc Farlane, Sly Dunbar or Michael X Machperson a.m.o.m. And also recordings with Eric Gale (R.I.P.) are in. Label: Delta Records The list of other famous musicians he played or recorded with is long, here a few: Rocky Roberts, Bernhard Purdie, Kenny Arranoff, Gerald Albright, Kevin Moor, Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, David Garfield, Zoro, Riccardo Rebughini, Mike Campbell, Chris Henry Samentina, Berkant Cakici, Rhani Krija, Marc A.Walker, Steve Smith, Andrea De Paoli, Richard Barbieri, Dario Fochi, John C. Marshall (R.I.P.), Christian Casini, John Hayes, Andrea Piccioni, Christian Warburg, Tony Riggi, Michael Kratz, Omar Hakim, Felix Sabal Lecco, Gianluca Gallo, Greg Copeland, John Blackwell, Rhani Krija,Tony Esposito, Robert Lopez, Shadi Al Housh, Berkant Cakici, Peter Fischer, Carmine Appice, Cindy Blackman, Peter Maffay, Thomas Lang, Frank Kirchner, Stefan Heidtmann, Christian Bollmann, Carlo Cori (R.I.P.), John Rosenau, Earl Slick a.m.o.m. Producer like Tony Brown, Franky Valentin, Eddie Oliwa, Siggi Bemm a.m.o.m. Tony Liotta Drumschool “Tony Liotta Drumschool” in Germany is one of the best around Europe and also the German and Danish headquarter of the Modern Music Institute International, MMI. Liotta's tutorial DVD "Drum Energy - about music" Leu Verlag Projects and Albums Label: Pride & Joy Music "Vivaldi Metal Project" www.vivaldimetalproject.com Tony Liotta is member of one of the thrilling music projects in this millennium “Vivaldi Metal Project”. The first album took more than 2 years of intensive nonstop hard work to get it done. This album is full 74 minutes of intense, passionate, fascinating, powerful and majestic experience! The project is a symphonic metal opera, based on Antonio Vivaldi's baroque masterpiece "Die vier Jahreszeiten", more than 130 amazing metal and classical artists, orchestras, a string quartet and three choirs from around the world. A work of 10 famous arrangers: Douglas R. Docker, Frank Dall'O, Frank Caruso, Gabriels, Keiko Kumagai, Nicolas Waldo, Pavel Penksa, Tomas Varnagiris, Yannis Androulakakis and Zhivko Koev. The impressive roster of artists probably makes this titanic album one of the biggest all-star projects. Tony Liotta plays all the percussion parts of this century project. The third album production is on. LB - Heavy Pounds Workshop Tour 2018 Tony Liotta / Tom Brechtlein Label: Saar Records “Quanto mare attraversare” by Tony Riggi feat. Tony Liotta, arrangements rhythm session Tony Esposito and Tony Liotta. Release 2020. Tony Liotta "Emily" is out on all digital platforms. It's shared by AUSR Digital Tony Liotta „The Way We Are“ is out on all digital platforms. It's shared by AUSR Digital Tony Liotta “Coulors of Life” is out on all digital platforms. It's shared by AUSR Digital Tony Liotta is“Hot Potato” out on all digital platforms. It's shared by AUSR Digital Tony Liotta is currently writing a textbook "How to play the walkabout.“ - to be published in USA and Europe. New Trio “Change The World” - Carlo Simonari, Henry Sementina, Tony Liotta; new album production. Italy/Germany

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 21", 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: A fusion of darkness, energy, projection and brilliance. Very wide range, complex, musical mix. Responsive feel, extremely controllable. Woody, silvery, spanky ping over crunchy, thriving wash. Extremely versatile, flexible ride for wide ranging application in modern blended music styles. Mark I: Tends to be a bit quieter, darker and drier. This manifests itself in the overall sound character and in particular in the bell and ping sound.

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    Sizes: 14", 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Fast, responsive feel, fairly quick decay. An explosive Crash cymbal with a strong, low wash for unique effects in many styles of music.

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    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Rich, warm, lush, deep. Wide range, complex mix. Giving and responsive feel. Broad, warm open sound. Compact, lush chick sound. Extremely versatile hi-hat, perfectly suited for dynamic, articulated playing in a wide range of styles. “They are just chunky enough, but not overpowering. They are a little more chocolaty than the classic 602s”, describes Vinnie Colaiuta.

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    Sizes: 18", 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, warm, strong, exotic, sizzling, earthy. Wide range, slightly complex and dense mix. Fairly soft, responsive feel. Great for explosive, strong, dark accents. Complex, washy ride sound. A modern China cymbal with a wide spectrum for various musical applications. “The China is nearly smooth”, states Vinnie Colaiuta.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    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
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    Sizes: 8", 10"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, airy, snarling, silvery. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a very responsive, explosive splash sound. Low tuned effect cymbal for lively accents in moderate volume. Well suited for hand-playing. Vinnie Colaiuta explains: “They are sweet, they are these kind of punctuation marks in the background.”

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Soft, warm, sweet, airy. Medium range, fairly complex mix. Fine, buttery feel. Silky, silvery ping over warm, mellow wash. Musical, gracious bell. Easily transcends Jazz and finds broad musical application wherever refined articulation and cultured style are required.

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