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Rhythm Gurus II: Montry Manuel on his Teachers
March 14, 2011, 5:12 am
Filed under: Experiences, Music | Tags: , , , ,

The heart of Swarathma’s feel-good vibe is powerhouse drummer Montry Manuel. In the second part of the series on his teachers, he writes about Jeoraj Stanley George, acclaimed jazz drummer from Chennai who has mentored Montry over the years.  Read on to learn more about Jeoraj, his life and music and impact on Montry.

My mentor, JEORAJ “Jo” STANLEY GEORGE was my second teacher who helped me take my skill set one step  ahead. I met him at the Unwind Centre, Bangalore where I had joined a class for Pro Sessions.

My Mentor Jo recording in studio

The most hardworking artist, he learnt his skills from the DRUMTECH Institute, UK and was awarded the best student, the year he graduated from there. He was also trained by Joe Boy for his advanced skill set before joining Drum Tech. He came back to India and settled in Chennai where he started his struggle as an artist. After all his achievements, he had to put in more hard work to get himself noticed in this industry and within a few years he made it big. He has toured with Keith Peters and Carl Peters, Madhav Chari Trio, Amit Heri and Group who specialize in Indian Fusion. He has also toured with AR Rehman. He is also a very well known Session Artist and has been called in as a Guest Artist on many occasions.

Jo's drum setup

 

He had helped us a lot during the recording of our first album. He was the one who helped me polish my sound, my drum beats and rhythm for songs like Patte Saare, Jaana Kahan Hai Mujhe, Bolo Kya Hai, Yeshu Allah aur Krishna and Barsenge. He taught me the grooves of rock and reggae and the basics of samba beats which have helped me develop better sound for the album.

Get a taste of his music here

On his various visits to Bangalore, we always get together to discuss music and get some tips to learn new tricks to develop a better and more refreshing sound.

Text and Illustrations: Montry Manuel, Edited by: Hafsah Parkar, Pics: Facebook profile

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