Jonas Golland Bmus.
Drummer/composer for lessons and sessions
BMus hons in Popular Music Performance, London College of Music/UWL
CRB last date of issue: 22 August 2011
I record and produce my own music as well as soundtracks. Current live and recording engagements are with Rude Mechanicals, The A Band, Edwige and my own project Protagonists of David Gadsdon.
The A Band:
17 years live and recording experience in rock, punk, hip-hop, pop, progressive rock, jazz, metal, covers, indie, noise and musical theatre (northern California). I took a few piano lessons at age 4, and left to pursue drama. Apparently I had been so typically knocking pots and pans as a toddler, and otherwise always listened to as many different styles as I could. When I was 11 my brother brought home some drumsticks from the Twerps last concert and from then on I was constantly drumming. Around that time I also started becoming familiar with the guitar. I drummed in a metal covers band in junior high school in northern California where my family had moved in 1993. In the after school guitar class I was the only drummer so was the main accompanist, and met Lee Barnes whom I played live with in Messenger at age 14. Alongside drama I took jazz studies with Pete Estabrook at SRJC, and lessons with Zach Morris at Rhythm Matters in Santa Rosa. By 17 I had played with extreme noise creatives Brainfoil (members later became Lumerians), a 'cool jazz' coffee shop combo, Sexually Transmitted People, Life In Braille, rock covers bands, experimented with sound editing and tape recordings, and a host of guitarists of which there were always plenty. I was always looking for something different upon discovering King Crimson, The Residents, Primus, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mr. Bungle, Miles Davis, John Cage, PJ Harvey… While producing a play, Dutchman by Le Roi Jones, with my own theatre company, I collaborated with the versatile and wonderful Peter Bonos for the original soundtrack. I then recorded found percussion on Peter's Greylock EP. I recorded indie rock with Tyler Green, pop with Ken Feldman in Brooklyn NY, pop/rock with Lance Dinauer, and worked in the orchestra pit of 2 musicals at the Santa Rosa Players.
With the culture shock of coming back to London came many lessons in production and MIDI from my family and network. I experimented with MIDI and spoken word with Danny Hahn (Neokitsch), had a stint with Leika, was pleasurably the drummer for Boredom Riots (then Grood), played live with Public Speech (then 3rd Rok), meanwhile practicing guitar in the same compulsive fashion as drums years before. MIDI and guitar proved to be valuable compositional tools, as writing music was always my passion as well as drumming. When I came out with very sci-fi MIDI music, it seemed appropriate to find a film maker or two to collaborate with. Solomon Rothman, an entrepreneur film maker in Valencia California, was making an open source short film to expand the advent of DIY filmmaking. I made the soundtrack to Jathia's Wager and my brother did the audio post production. A good experience, as the only other film I had scored was a short by Jonas Marczy called Mosaique, where I learned to work to a brief for the first time. Rothman went on to create an online network called Moviepals (above). Mirror by Eat the Fish was later in need of music in more of a baroque fashion, which was somewhat a success. My other video scoring experience is with Bora Aydintug, Luna Cinema and Picture Pulses.
I've been tutoring drums since 2007, ages 5-79, privately and at North London Music Centre, Musico in Enfield Town, group drums/MD tuition and outreach at Trinity at Bowes church, Palmers Green. I have work experience as teaching assistant with students of special needs, including music technology tuition. I wrote and facilitated 2 youth percussion workshops for Barnet Libraries in 2010. I have a studio equipped with teaching, recording and playback facilities in Bounds Green where all ages are welcome.
Approach to Teaching
When a student comes to me to learn the drums I am interested in what moves and/or motivates them to do so. I can provide guidance about short and long term career goals and/or offer creative exploration in technique and coordination. Emphasis on an effective practice routine, self-teaching, key concepts and skills transferrable to graded exams or professional endeavours are important. Lessons at my studio are equipped with recording facilities, you can experience playing to a backing track, review and learning from all mistakes and trials. I introduce new music regularly for discussion of style, technique, playing by ear, transcription, performance, and much more. I give you the opportunity to use a variety of writing tools, interpret music notation, learn by ear and improve as a listener. I write much of my own source material and write reports on each lesson. I offer block lessons of 6, for a discounted rate for limited time.
BMus with honours in Popular Music Performance from Tech Music School/TVU/London College of Music
Jazz Studies with Pete Estabrook of Santa Rosa Junior College, USA. Private lessons with Zach Morris of Rhythm Matters, CA and Simon Strong of Drumtech, London
Harmony and Theory with Muriel Ray of the Burford Society, and Douglas Mellor of Royal College of Music
Certified in Drum Circle Facilitation with Steve Ball of Drumnasium.
Discount rates available for block bookings
Prices include home visits and lessons in studio
Jonas Golland, BMus hons, London College of Music
Mobile: 0786 937 5482