for drummers with
Giorgi Melikishvili


h 17:30 – 19:00
Saint Louis
Via del Boschetto 106

Giorgi Melikishvili from April 8-12, 2024 Saint Louis will host four faculty members from the Jazz department of Tbilisi State Conservatoire, an Erasmus+ partner institution

Sopio Murusidze (vocals), Zura Ramishvili (piano), Giorgi Samsonadze (double bass), Giorgi Melikishvili (drums).

Musician and lecturer GEORGE MEL (Giorgi Meilikishvili) will cover the fundamental topics of becoming a world-class musician, sharing his 15 years’ experience in New York as a professional drummer: from drumstick technique and control, tempo issues, listening, dynamics; to more advanced rhythm section concepts, expression and interaction in a modern jazz ensemble, solo/improvisation concepts, odd times, and advanced brush technique.

The workshop will therefore be interactive and open to questions and answers.

Monday, April 10, 2024
h 17:30-19:00
Saint Louis Via del Boschetto 106

Training credits for accdemic courses: 0.5 CFA

GEORGE MEL (Giorgi Meilikishvili)

Described by the New York City Jazz Record as a “veteran of the New York City jazz and world music scene,” professor of drums in the Jazz Department of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Bosphorus Cymbals Artist, drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger and songwriter was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, but trained as a musician in the United States, after graduating with honors from Berklee College Of Music in 2000, and has since been an integral part of the New York City and international jazz and creative scene, both as a sideman of choice for many and as a leader of groundbreaking original projects.

A naturalized U.S. citizen with the prestigious status of “Extraordinary Abilities In The Arts,” George has performed with artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Mino Cinelu, Leo Genovese, Avishai Cohen, Lionel Loueke, Badal Roy, Dom Salvador, Mark Helias, Gabriel Grossi, Raul Midon and Wayne Escofery, to name a few, and at landmark venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, the Smoke, Irridium, World Cafe Live, the Deer Head Inn, as well as many other venues and festivals in the United States and internationally. After performing at the 2014 Tbilisi International Jazz Festival as leader of the George Mel Quartet, he decided to stay in his home country for some time to share his valuable knowledge and experience.