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Thomas Lang Joins Institute As Visiting Faculty

United States
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July 17th 2007 — The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (formerly the Drum Institute) is delighted to announce that Thomas Lang, one of the world’s most exciting drummers, is joining the Institute team as a member of the visiting teaching faculty.

This means that students enrolled on Institute courses from this year will, in addition to the already-impressive courses and teaching available at the Institute, have direct access to one of the superstars of the drumming world. Thomas’ reputation is of course second to none — his technical command of the instrument is simply awe-inspiring and has ensured his tuition DVD’s break all records and his clinics are always sold-out.

In the first instance, Thomas will be teaching exclusively at the Institute for a couple of days in October where he will be delivering a series of classes and workshops and offering Institute students an unequalled opportunity to personally learn from this world-class musician.

The Institute has always been totally committed to providing its students with the best education and teaching, world class facilities and the support and opportunities needed to succeed in the music industry. The addition of a musician and tutor of such pedigree as Thomas further emphasizes the Institute’s position as the leading drum school in the UK.

There has never been a better time to join the Institute!

About The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance:

The Institute is widely recognised as Europe’s finest school of modern music. Established over 20 years ago, the Institute has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. Originally known as The Drum Institute, the school has built its reputation on providing world class teaching using the very best teachers and state-of-the-art facilities. It now offers a range of professional courses including a 3-year Degree (BMus), a fully-funded one year Diploma, a specialist one year Higher Diploma, plus a wide portfolio of part-time courses designed to meet a variety of training needs for guitarists, bass players, drummers and vocalists. Past or present Institute students can be found everywhere, touring with the likes of Katie Melua and Moby, playing with bands like Babyshambles and artists like K. T. Tunstall and Beverley Knight, and also working as teachers all over the world.

About Thomas Lang:

“To play the unplayed ”. That is the self-proclaimed lifelong aspiration of drummer/producer Thomas Lang. Given his astonishing independence of limb and his stalwart dedication to improving his craft — Lang’s aspiration is more than well on the way to reality.

A native of Vienna, Austria, Lang took up drums at the tender age of five after seeing a heavy metal band on television. In addition to years of private tuition, Lang was formally educated at the Vienna Conservatory of Music where he was the youngest student enrolled at the legendary institution. After leaving the conservatory, Lang began working professionally with artists including Falco, John Wetton, Bonnie Tyler and, in 1995, his solo release, “Mediator” topped the charts in Europe and garnered rave reviews for its innovative Jazz/Dance/Prog Rock sound.

Despite his grueling touring and rehearsal schedule, Lang remains committed to a rigorous daily practice schedule. “I religiously follow a constantly-evolving practice routine. It’s not glamorous, but for me daily practice is a principle source of growth and inspiration in my playing.”

Lang’s daily practice regime eventually became the basis for his 2-part series of instructional videos, “Ultimatives Schlagzeug I & II” which were originally released in 1995. Due to overwhelming demand, these videos were re-released on DVD in 2004 by Hudson Music (www.hudsonmusic.com). Lang’s instructional DVD “Creative Control” (Hudson Music) is now one of the biggest-ever selling instructional DVDs of all time. His highly anticipated follow-up DVD, “Creative Coordination & Advanced Foot Technique” (Hudson Music) was released in November of 2006 and is available through his official merchandise site, www.muso-mart.com.

Thomas Lang currently plays Sonor drums, Meinl cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Remo drum heads, Roland electronics, Gibraltar hardware, Hardcase road cases and AKG microphones and his album, “Along These Lines” is scheduled for release in early 2007 along with a music-inspired clothing line.

Despite his reputation as an innovative and prolific drummer, Lang has a surprising take on technique. “Technique has nothing to do with music. It’s like a tool, like a hammer. You can build a shed — or you can build the Sistine Chapel,” Lang told Modern Drummer magazine. “Some days I want a shed — some days I want the Sistine Chapel — or a villa or maybe a bowling alley!
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