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Traveling Through Time (Giovanni Hidalgo & "El Negro" Hernandez
Traveling Through Time Giovanni Hidalgo El Negro Hernandez
Director: Tim Landers
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2004     2hr 30min

This DVD features two of the music world?s most innovative Latin percussionists - Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez - performing music from their debut CD Traveling Through Time. Prepare to experience some ...  more »


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Director: Tim Landers
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Blues, Other Music, Special Interests, Educational, Independently Distributed, Documentary
Studio: Warner Bros Publications
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/17/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Mad percussion scientist!!!
James A. Pantano | beacon, new york United States | 01/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"wow!!!, what planet are these guys from? i have watched this dvd every night since receiving it. both giovanni and el negro have the most amazing other-worldly percussion skills. if you enjoy drums and percussion on the afro-latin side this is definately for you. this dvd contains numerous compositions and an individual solo by each performer. following most compositions there are five or ten minute conversations between giovanni and el negro regarding the "analysis" of what was just performed. there are no other musicians involved and no other musical instruments other than the drum set and congas. these two should really be considered mad scientist as they decipher secret formulas of rhythym and experiment with various beats and tempos. i bet if they greatly amplified this stuff it could knock down buildings or at the very least be some new form of alternative energy. you will be absolutely amazed at the dexterity these two master musicians exibit. giovanni plays his congas with authority and lightning quick precission. just watch his hands. almost animalistic in appearance and they seem to be made of rubber. every movement looks and sounds different then the last. sound emenates from everywhere, fingers, palms, wrist, knuckles, fists, elbows, even fingernails! can feet and toes be far behind? el negro is all over the drumkit at once. relaxed but totally in command, each limb playing independently of the other, and each movement expertly coordinated. he makes it look easy. but it is what it is, mad science! the left foot playfully bounces between cowbell and highhat, at the same time the left hand is off doing its own seemingly unrelated rythym on the wood block. meanwhile, the right hand and foot are engaged in some bizare polyrythmic explosion. i furl my eyebrows in confusion and bewilderment and then i somehow get the idea that if this stuff were charted it would probably look like something albert einstein had written across a whole blackboard - purely esoteric, impossible to dissect. this production, for what it is, is as good as i have ever seen or heard. just superb. the camera angles, lighting, and editing are all done to perfection. the studio setting is exquisite with beautiful hardwood floors and colorful tiled walls. lovely rugs and candles also add to the ambiance. the special features are nicely done as well, including an additional solo from giovanni and his reflections on conga playing, style, practice, etcetera. for all you drum and percussion enthusiast out there i am certain you will enjoy this. i love it and highly recommend it!"
Wow from the Maestros de Cnageracht Latina
Naoise O'hannain | Dublin, Ireland - Europa | 04/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For Intermediate to Advanced players of Congas and Timbales showing advanced Conga and Drumset interaction. 2 hours 30 minutes of pure enjoyment and good tips and exercises. Live pieces at breakneck speed and later analysis on the pattern development, pattern breakdown and interaction analysis with four pieces(a Rumba Jam, a Cha, Timba y Bateria and Enea) and not a nail clipper in sight.
Note Giovanni is left handed so most patterns will be opposite for right handers.

Watch out for the special features Giovanni's Conga techniques and practice tips for intermediates (2years +) onwards and tips on how to apply the rudiments and special strokes. Also has Horacio's Conversations in Clave' DVD preview.
Note: as always this is NOT a ALL REGIONS DVD.
Why not add multi region play facility to ALL INSTRUCTIONAL DVDs !!"