ICMP is delighted to welcome Colombian/Spanish artist and former ICMP student YEYO for a musical residency with legendary drummer and music producer Ralph Salmins.

Running from 26 September until 5 November, YEYO aka Sergio Rodriguez Vitta, will visit the UK to take up the residency thanks to a grant from the Bogota Arts Institute (IDARTES).

The project will see YEYO offer guidance and advice to ICMP students as well as collaborate on a new piece with Ralph to be recorded at the latter’s Bunker studio.

Commenting on the project, Sergio said: "As well as working as a live performer and leading my own DOS musical project, I’m often employed as a studio and remote session musician.

So for the residency, I proposed a new project on drums and music production with Ralph. I’m excited to be working with such a musical icon and collaborating with him to create a final artistic piece at his studio The Bunker."

As part of his residency, YEYO will also provide a masterclass for ICMP students to share details of his professional development as well as how to work as a session drummer both in the studio and remotely.

He added:

I can’t wait to return to ICMP where I had the space and guidance to boost my creativity, enhance my musical personality and hone my musical, ensemble and production skills by playing with so many different musicians in an inspiring environment." 

Commenting, Terrence Gregory, ICMP MMus Programme Leader, said: "We can’t wait to welcome Sergio back to ICMP. We’re very proud of his achievements in winning the music residency grant from IDARTES. We’re excited to hear the results of his new project working with Ralph Salmins, particularly following Ralph’s masterclass with Stu Hamm here at ICMP back in March."

A representative from IDARTES said: "We are delighted to endorse Sergio’s residency as part of our programme of promotion of the city’s arts.

"This is one of the two awarded grant proposals of the Musical Residencies programme, focused in funding creative/formative proposals in popular music. In Sergio’s case, the planned subject for the residency with Ralph Salmins was considered by the jury’s members pertinent, innovative, well designed and with projection, therefore worthy of the award."

Watch a live video of the DOS project. 

Visit yeyodrummer.com to find out more.

If you’re a drummer looking to take your playing and performing to the next level, then why not join us here at ICMP?

Our Admissions Team are on hand to help you, call them on 020 7328 0222 or email enquiries@icmp.ac.uk. You can also book a place on our next Open Day on 14th October

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