Percussion-Drums Duo with electronical Instruments
We are not shure if our names are needed in the Logo:
Cortijo & Küsters
or if #percussionways only is better. We are open for suggestions
No treble clefs or musical notes, please:-)
PERCUSSION DUO | NO LOOPS OR SEQUENCES!!
After years of successful joint development of apps and teaching material for drums and percussion, José J. Cortijo and Marc Küsters decided to present their music live as well. With impressive virtuosity they serve in their program various acoustic and electronic percussion instruments that are played simultaneously and exclusively live.
Through experimental sounds and gripping grooves, the duo creates exciting songs and danceable beats. Entertaining and musically impressive, the two musicians present very different, varied own compositions and improvisations, which equally inspire music and drum fans.
José J. Cortijo has been working as a musician and lecturer in Germany since 1983. His stylistic openness is evident in numerous performances, ia. with Nina Corti, Chris Thompson, Al Jarreau, Thomas Anders, Jon Lord, Uwe Ochsenknecht, The Surpremes, Farfarello, Peter Kraus, Conexión Latina, NDR Big Band, as well as in TV, radio and recordings u.a. for BR3, NDR, SWR, HR, PRO 7 and his participation in various musicals. he teaches at the MANNHEIM UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS and is a popular lecturer at many workshops in Germany and abroad. He is also the author of the book Latin Timbales for percussionists and drummers (LEU-Verlag 2002) and the book Kleinpercussion Spiele (LEU-Verlag 2005). Author of the video music school for Congas I (published by IMP-Warner Bros. 1995) and a workshop series in the journal "Drums & Percussion". Creator of the Latin-Percussion PlugIn in the notation program Finale and author of the Add On for Finale "scoreGroove". Artistic Director of the "World Percussion Academy" and the "Cajon Academy"
Marc Küsters receives professional lessons in Rudimental Drumming and classical drums, followed by drumset, percussion, timpani, vibraphone, marimba and piano. After completing his studies in music Marc completed his final exam in 1997 in Utrecht (NL). Since then he has played in various bands, among others also as bandleader, drummer and composer: Twosh, Sub-Rosa (Latin) Neighbor Lumpi (Soul Funk), Chung Quartet (Jazz), Skinnybold (Rock), Hansen Tomas (Pop-NL), Cold Sweat (Soul), Under Cover (cover), Mama Guela (salsa/samba/reggae/latin-jazz), Lyrebirdz (pop-cover) ... He also arranges and produces music and promotional music for other artists and clients in his recording studio. Since 1999, Marc leads Kleve-Kellen (formerly known as "rhythm & groove factory") in Kleve with currently more than 400 students. In addition, as a lecturer, he teaches up-and-coming drummers, late-risers, budding music students or entire drum groups. In 2010 he developed his own free-floating drums and drumsets with utility model protection under the name MKdrums, which also found favor with the drummer scene.