Billy Cobham

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Style: Jazz, Fusion
Origin: USA/Europe
Touring party: 9
Territory: G/A/S + Eastern Europe, Rest of Europe nonexclusive in coop with Management
Availability: OCTOBER 7 + NOVEMBER 6, 7, 11 / MARCH-APRIL 2015


Billy Cobham - drums
Jean-Marie Ecay - guitars
Christophe Cravero - keyboard/violin
Michael Mondesier - bass
Camelia Ben Naceur - keyboards
Junior Gill - stell pan/pan cat

WATCH OUT FOR NEW DVD (Live in Leverkusen) + NEW CD in 2013!

For Drum festivals:
Billy Cobham has special presentation called "One Man Show" .
One Man Show is 75 min. drum presentation by B. Cobham with pre-recorded music by B. Cobham requiring sound system and his personal sound engineer. It's a combination of drumsolo and pre-recorded music.
Travelparty is 3

For Workshops:
Billy continues to conduct master classes for small groups with a set program that can be pre designed and pre-determined in advance. Workshops and Clinics where Billy lectures on various aspects of performance concepts are also part of his presentation.
Workshop/Master Class are available for 75-90 min.


Ever since his breakthrough in the early 1970s-as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and as a drummer/leader whose recordings (such as Spectrum) and powerful, complex style of  play exerted a strong influence on the course of jazz and jazz-fusion-Billy Cobham has remained a tireless musical explorer.

Panamanian by birth, a New Yorker by upbringing, and a resident of Switzerland for more than 25 years, Cobham has pursued an ever-broadening, everdeepening engagement with the world not only as a master drummer and percussionist but as a composer, producer, educator, and clinician who gives service through music even as he constantly expands his personal creative expression.

Cobham's newest recording, „Live From Leverkusen“ BHM records - is a suitably wide ranging representation of his roots and his journeys. This is the audio CD representative of the soon to be released DVD by the same name and features a combination of works from „Fruit From The Loom“ and „Palindrome“. "I've always found it difficult to focus upon one direction in music," Cobham notes, "so I've resigned myself to projecting ideas and thoughts through a musical kaleidoscope, from latin to rock and jazz. The most recent redition of 'Spectrum', performed on the „Fruit From The Loom“ CD as an example  is a testament to that idea."

On the new CD, he performs this music at the 2010 Leverkusen Jazz Festival. His group is comprised of Guitarist Jean-Marie Ecay, Steel Pan and Percussionist – Junior Gill, Keyboardist – Camelia Ben Naceur, Christophe Cravero – Violin/Piano and Bassist – Fifi Chayeb.

Cobham is also the centerpiece of a new 90-minute documentary by director Mika entitled Sonic Mirror. The genesis of the film dates back to 2001, when approached the drummer about producing a portrait of his life and times. "But then we started to think of other ways of doing it," the director reveals. "We finally decided to do a film about Billy and some of his projects, focusing on rhythm and music as communication and universal language."

To Cobham, the term "sonic mirror" means "a sound reflection of everything that I experience, or that one experiences, in music. It's almost like a radio parabolic dish, where all of the radio signals come in, are processed, and reflected back to the presenter."

The film, which takes place in Switzerland, New York, Salvador da Bahia (Brazil), and Helsinki (Finland) and which was released in April 2007, has screened at film festivals in Munich and Cologne, Germany; Rio de Janeiro and SÃo Paulo,Brazil;  Pusan, South Korea; GijÃ3n, Spain; Adelaide, Australia; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. It's also had a commercial release in France.

A multiple-disc DVD release is currently in the works, focusing on the concert in Finland with Randy Brecker; Mali Debali, a Bahian bloco afro; the Glarus concert (with Swiss musicians and yodeling choir); Okuta Percussion and Autistics.

The Hollywood Reporter described Sonic Mirror as "a feel-good world music documentary with the potential to be the next Buena Vista Social Club." But for Cobham, more fundamentally, "it verifies the value of music as an important factor in this world. If used for the greater good, it can be a powerful ally."

Billy Cobham was born in Colon, Panama on May 16, 1944. The family relocated to the U.S. in the winter of '47, living first in Harlem and then in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. "Music was all around me," he recalls.

"Primarily either Latin music-folclorico or tipico, as they called it in Panama-or jazz."

Cobham, whose first paying gig came at age eight, courtesy of his pianist father, cut his teeth on drumming as a member of St. Catherine's Queensmen, a drum and bugle corps in St. Albans, Queens. He went on to attend New York's famed High School of Music and Art, where he studied music theory and drum technique alongside some of today's great musical legends, including trumpeter Jimmy Owens, bassist Eddie Gomez, and pianist Larry Willis. At the time, "jazz was a bit off-limits to students while classical music was preferred by the education establishment. So of course students craved to connect with jazz artists in any way that they could, be it chance encounters at school lectures or via LP recordings that they could study and eventually emulate."

Currently, Billy is working on his next studio recording „Tales From The Skeleton Coast“. This recording is scheduled to be released in early  2013 and will reflect music that he is currently presenting in this current concert tour season.




World-renowned jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham announces a new line up celebrating the 40th anniversary of his breakthrough album, Spectrum, which is widely regarded as one of the genre’s most significant and influential works.

The upcoming projectwill brilliantly showcase Cobham’s explosive, complex style of play, which has thrilled music aficionados around the globe since the early ‘70s when he was a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Today, after decades of boundless musical exploration, the versatile Cobham continues to evolve and innovate as a master drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, educator and clinician--as audiences around the country will soon experience through the unforgettable Spectrum 40 shows.

Cobham brings together an all-star support group for this project, featuring Jerry Goodman (violin); Dean Brown (guitar); Gary Husband (piano) and Ric Fierabracci (bass).

Cobham notes, “The Spectrum 40Tour represents the culmination of my ever-expanding, deepening lifetime journey of creative expression. I am so delighted to return to share the stage with such stellar musicians, to give audiences a special Spectrum experience and above all, exuberantly celebrate the timeless, universal power of music.”

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