05.23.17George Heid III Presents: Salsamba Quartet Residency at JZ Club | Hangzhou, China
Salsamba has finished their first month on tour in Hangzhou, China! With two months of touring remaining the group has truly found their stride and is bringing exciting and energetic music to their audiences on a nightly basis. Salsamba uniquely blends Brazilian, Cuban, Puerto Rican and American Jazz together in an extraordinary way. The smooth and traditional sounds from guitarist Eric Susoeff are countered by the edgy and modern sound of electric bassist, vocalist and pianist Tony DePaolis; The rhythm section is held down by the expressive sounds of acoustic bassist Sam Harris and the dynamic rhythms of adventurous drummer George Heid III. You can hear Salsamba nightly at JZ Hangzhou from 9:15pm - 12:30am!
01.30.17Gee-Ø | Little Blue Planet In Great Need Of Care
I've been working on this project for almost two years. Musically, it’s different than anything I've ever done before.
Every track takes you on a journey, each telling a different story taken from my own musical journey and life experiences.
The album as a whole has three themes, all running in parallel. The order of the tracks evokes the passing of one day, from early morning to very late at night. At the same time, the order of the songs represents the four seasons of the year – starting with spring, passing through summer and autumn, and ending with winter.
The third and most important theme is the theme of love. The love of friendship, of family, of someone special. The love of a particular season or part of the world or time of day. The love of all cultures and colors of humanity. The love of a pet, of a nostalgic memory, or of the planets and stars.
All of the music is original and I’m playing every instrument in most cases: drums, piano, bass, synthesizers, ocean harp, percussion and vocals. On a few tracks, I used a Vocoder, a talkbox, and an amazing instrument called the guzheng. I also sampled sounds from things like vinyl records, cassettes, retro video games, nature, and even a radio show that my grandfather did in the 1940s.
Some tracks also feature guest artists. Several singers and rappers contributed their amazing voices, and more than ten instrumental musicians contributed their talents.
The amazing album artwork for this project was created by my cousin Alex Williams. Every track name is represented in the artwork.
This project is a very personal statement for me, but its themes of time and place and love are themes that everyone can relate to. I'm so excited to share this project with the world, and I hope it has a positive and emotional impact on everyone who listens.
09.14.16George Heid III offers Applied Percussion Class at Washington and Jefferson College
Hey Music Students! Here's your chance to study privately with award winning Drummer/Percussionist George Heid III and earn credits in the process!
Class Content: A weekly, private, one-on-one, 60 minute drum lesson which provides the student with a foundation in drum technique. Focus is on the students interest and taste in repertoire and drum patterns and beats they wish to learn. This class is about having fun while also focusing on the basic skills needed to play the instrument efficiently!
Drum teacher: George Heid III
Class:Applied Percussion (Drum Set)
Course Number: MUA - 172-01
Room: Drum Studio (Olin Fine Arts Building)
11.11.15Personality Test: George Heid III | TribLIVE
Drummer George Heid III is used to taking his learning process on the road.
When he was in secondary school, he moved from Fox Chapel Area High School to the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts school.
In college, he went from the Purchase campus of the State University of New York to Duquesne University on the Bluff.
Now, he's shaping his professional career with long stays in China. He will be returning for a six-month stay at a club in Hangzhou, near Shanghai, in April.
He did a three-month gig there in 2015 in a four-person version of the band Elevations.
He says he feels “more inspiration there" because of the interest in jazz that has people visiting the club seven days a week.
An Aspinwall native, he is the son of recording engineer George Heid II, who's brother, Bill Heid, first took him to China at the end of 2013.
Besides his work in China, Heid III is excited about his work with Elevations, the group that has just released its album “To the Stars." That group did a release party at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild on the North Side and will do an other at New York City's Minton's on Jan. 2.
While all of that moving around might seem difficult to follow, Heid says fans can keep track of it on his website, georgeheidIII.com.
He also has an adjunct post at Washington & Jefferson College, Washington County.
“I just want to follow where opportunity takes me," says Heid, 25, who lives in Swissvale.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:
Johnny Depp — he understands me.
My parents, for loving me
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:
A Mike Tomczak signed jersey. GOAT!
The superpower I wish I had in real life:
I wish I could create massive bursts of wind, so I could throw people off.
Favorite ethnic food:
Real Chinese food
I spend the most time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other:
Facebook, Instagram and WeChat
The song I want played at my funeral:
“In Case You Missed It," Bobby Watson with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Show I have or want to binge watch:
My favorite cable channel:
Comedy Central and ESPN
The dessert that matches my personality:
Red velvet cake
The Disney character most like me:
The Beast (“Beauty and the Beast")
My favorite TV or movie villain:
The Beast (“Beauty and the Beast")
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
“Dreams" — Akira Kurosawa
The movie that always makes me cry:
“It's a Wonderful Life"
The person I'm most often mistaken for:
Papa Jo Jones
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
Antonio Brown and Jung Ho Kang
Pick one: Pirates, Penguins, Steelers or other:
Steelers first; Penguins and Pirates tied for second
Favorite lunchtime spot:
Smiling Banana Leaf
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Hot fudge sundaes from McDonald's
My most embarrassing junk food:
The occasional fast food stop is always regrettable.
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Pick one: Cheetos, Cheez-It or Cheerios:
The most dangerous thing I've ever done:
Been lost, alone and drunk in China at 4 a.m. my first week there. Didn't speak the language and didn't know the name of my apartment complex.
Top thing on my bucket list:
To get to Egypt, Thailand, Germany, Japan and Indonesia
Best vacation ever:
Place I'd most like to visit:
In five years, I'd like to:
Be a boss
I wish I had more time to:
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:
Three people I'd love to have dinner with:
Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Toru Takemitsu
My quirkiest inherited trait:
My music taste
Being at peace with yourself
One word my mother would use to describe me:
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
In high school, I was:
My childhood nickname:
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
Aspinwall community as a whole
What you'll always find in my glove compartment:
My first job:
My worst job:
My most treasured fashion accessory:
All my clothes from Hangzhou
My most memorable fashion mistake:
All my clothes from Hangzhou
If I weren't a musician, I'd be:
The last book I read:
“Notes and Tones" by Art Taylor
My favorite website:
YouTube prank channels
If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:
Keyboardist Brett Williams
The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:
“Neck Bones" by Wayman Tisdale
My personal motto:
Worry about yourself.
Overused phrase I hate most:
“At the end of the day"
People would be surprised to know that I:
Run a 5K every day
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09.18.15Elevations releases 2nd album "TO THE STARS"
A couple years of composing, recording, mixing, designing, gigging, and more is finally coming to fruition We, Elevations, were very privileged to have some of our favorite musicians join us to help take our music to new heights. These musicians include Mack Avenue recording artists Warren Wolf & Sean Jones and Pittsburgh native musicians: George Jones, Evan Hertrick, and Carolyn Perteete. Words cannot express how meaningful it was to us to have these amazing people be a part of our cd!
The CD release concert, held in the theater of Manchester Craftsman’s Guild on Friday September 18, 2015, was a great success!
Keep an eye open for the full concert to be available for your listening and viewing pleasure