W Dimitris Kulaga."Passion for Percussion"
Professional International Hand Percussionist/Drummer/Vocalist.
Signature hand percussion includes playing a foot pedal tumba.
Genres: Blues, Classic Rock, Folk, Funk, Hard Rock, Island, Latin, R&B, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Soul. Inspired by teen friend Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres. At an early age, Dimitris set out to hone his skills. Impressed with former Prince percussionist Sheila E which he eventually led towards hand percussion. Played with over 400+ musicans over the years included stage/studio. Well known at the Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, NJ.
Looking forward to contributing as needed eg solo artist, duo, trio or large band.
Price Range: Contact for rates
What to Expect
If the event requires a groove, I certainly can adapt to any style of music, and create a feel with strong dynamics by listening attentively to the performing Artist. Equally said, play "respectful feels/patterns" to complement the solo artist/musican and or group of musicans to collaborate and not overplay and remain in the pocket. Can provide backing harmony as well. Key range C or D.
Stage performances can be of any size, and or studio tracks or live recordings. Creating music is not about me, it's all about the the performing artist, and collaborating with other musicans to achieve the required performance and sound.
CAREER: Dimitris began his musical journey at age twelve, learning to play drums inspired by teen friend Tico Torres of Bonjovi. His passion to play hand percussion came later in life inspired by Shelia E. of Prince. Dimitris has performed with musicians of multiple genres, and has performed internationally with cruise ships and land excursions. His performances have sailed him through the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Aegean, and Ionian Seas.
Dimitris has also worked as a studio percussionist. He has recorded drums and hand percussion with multiple artists:
Darren Panelli, CD “Repossess My Bones”
Artie Ross, CD “Wanderlist”, and upcoming CD (2015)
Sam Sims upcoming CD (2015), 2016.
Sam Sims Band opened for the Legendary Bob Marley band, the Wailers in 2014 and 2015.
Dimitris has performed with over 400+ musicians and bands. He has become a well-respected musician at two New Jersey Open Mics (one run by Rob Dye, George Ott and Mike Ghegan, and the other with Carol Barbieri, Bobby Donofrio, and Mike Penny). He is the percussion player and backing singer for the Sam Sims Band (which also includes the multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Sam Sims and guitar virtuoso Kyle Ward). He also plays in the group, Square Head with Thor Tollefsen and Mark Jones; and Time KeyPers with Bill Sapienza.
Influences & Inspiration
Cover: Acoustic Alchemy, Arturo Fuerte, Bonjovi, Bruce Springstein, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Four Play, Gypsy King, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Journey, Kenny G, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Rodriquez, Santana, Shelia E, Spiro Gyro, Stevie Wonder, Train, Yanni, and ZZ Top.
Originals: SamSimsMusic (Sams music has been featured and aired on CBS Hawaii Five 0 in 2013 and 2014).
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