Magdelys Savigne

Drums, Percussion

About Instructor

If you had to only listen to 2 albums for the rest of your life, what albums would you choose?

That would be so sad because music taste changes like emotions. I guess I can make a compilation of the greatest music of all time, starting from classical music to all the good decades reaching the 90’s. But if I really have to choose maybe the first CD would be Greatest Hits from Fela Kuti and the second would be a live performance compilation of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

What artist would you most want to collaborate with?

I would like to collaborate with Oscar de Leon. He is an amazing Venezuelan bass player. singer and composer, who has given life to many cuban genres from the past.

Last great concert you saw?

Dave Matthews Band, Summer 2010 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre.The last concert I was lucky to see and be part of it was with Brian Blade on drums, John Patitucci on bass and Danilo Perez on piano at the Koerner Hall in Toronto last year.

What is your favourite piece of musical equipment?

I guess that would be good Headphones because I can abstract from the world. 🙂

What is your most memorable musical experience?

Well the one I can remember is the day I made the decision to change from piano to percussion. So far the best decision I’ve made in my whole career. I started as a classical pianist and without my mother’s consent I changed to percussion. I was only 11 and I needed her consent and signature to do it so I copied it. Nobody found out until the year was over at school. After I had to make a deal to make everybody happy and myself so I did both until life itself chose for me.

What do you love most about music?

I love how the power of music can transform everything. For me every experience is defined by music. No matter if our experiences are good or bad. It heals and destroys, it begins and ends cycles. Everything connects through music in the world and changes every time, it’s never the same.

What would you say to someone who is interested in studying music?

What I always tell people who want to start in music is that I’m happy for them. It takes time to make changes and decisions in life that could have positive upbringing. When someone who has never done it before does it, I don’t think they realize how the look when they do it and the step they are taking. That’s what it got me into teaching in the first place. You change someone’s perception of themselves through music and they change yours.

What do you like to do when you are not playing music?

When I’m not playing music I listen to it or go a walk if the day is nice, watch a movie or meditate.

What is your favourite film of all time?

Wow that’s hard. I would say The God Father or Life is beautiful.

What part of the world would you like to travel to most?

I would like to go first to Latin America, Brazil and then to Europe.


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