Aldo Mazza, percussionist
Aldo Mazza is the Artistic Director of the KoSA International Percussion Workshops and Festivals which he co-founded with his wife Dr. Jolan Kovacs. Aldo is a member of the internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble, Répercussion, which celebrates an illustrious 40-year career. As an internationally-recognized drummer, percussionist, recording artists, clinician and educator, Aldo has recorded with such artists as Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Nikki Yanofsky and Aldo Nova. His live performances include such reputable and diverse artists as James Brown, Chris De Burgh and Oliver Jones. His extensive classical training led him to perform as a soloist with his group with major symphony orchestras in both classical, jazz and contemporary music. Aldo has composed many percussion ensemble works and he has an instructional DVD “Nine Lessons with the Greats” in collaboration with Hudson Music. Under the umbrella of KoSA, Aldo organizes educational study trips to Cuba and China. His diverse professional background in rock, pop, classical, and jazz has led him to create his personal hybrid percussion approach in playing as well as having written a book about Cuban Rhythms for Drumset players and percussionists.
Repercussion… One the world’s first adventurous cutting-edge percussion groups. Giving new meaning to the world’s oldest and largest family of musical instruments, this percussion quartet, consisting of Luc Langlois, Robert Lépine, Aldo Mazza, and Chantal Simard, successfully creates a rare combination of virtuoso interpretations and theatrical performances. Using a broad palette of traditional and contemporary percussion instruments from all over the world, RÉPERCUSSION takes audiences on breath-taking voyages through classical, jazz, contemporary, and world-beat styles.
Since its beginning in 1974, RÉPERCUSSION has performed in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Expo ’86 (Vancouver), Expo ’92 (Seville), Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, Teatro Nacional (Costa Rica), and the Montreal Jazz Festival. They were the first western percussion to perform in Beijing in 1987. Over 2,500 concerts later, they continue to be invited as featured guests with leading symphony orchestras and can be regularly heard on television and radio broadcasts world-wide.