Joannie Labelle and Ellen Mayer
Known for her sensibility and contagious groove, Joannie Labelle can charm an audience as soon as she sings or strikes the drums.
She studied percussion with various masters such as Paul Picard, Giovanni Hidalgo and Harouna Dembélé. Joannie also studied in Havana, Cuba, with masters Raul Lali Brito Gonzalez (Clave y Guaguanco), Alberto Villareal (Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba) and Roland Salgado Palacio (Afro Cuban All Stars). She has been active on local and international scenes such as Montreal, Vancouver, Berlin, Hamburg, Bari, Doha and Kolkata, to name just a few, and has been adding her touch to various renowned artists such as Lara Fabian, Marie-Josée Lord and Les Trois Accords.
Joannie has a very unique talent, mastering different percussions from diverse cultures and being at ease in every musical context, from children shows to classical concerts. She galvanizes DJ sets, appears on TV, offers masterclasses, composes for dance performances, and is now producing a video serie featuring worldwide percussionists. In addition, Joannie performs as a solo artist under the stage name Bea Box.
Joannie Labelle is a grant holder from Canada Art Council, Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec and is proudly sponsored by Meinl Percussion, Meinl Cymbals, Tama Drums and VicFirth Sticks.
Joannie is appearing in association with Meinl Percussion, Meinl Cymbals, Tama Drums and Vic Firth Sticks.
Ellen Mayer is a German percussionist known for her versatility in different musical styles. After finishing school she studied latin percussion at the ‘Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst‘ in Mannheim, Germany with Prof. José J. Cortijo. She was awarded a scholarship to study Brazilian percussion with Prof. Jorge Sacramento in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. She also travelled to Havana, Cuba to take lessons with Tomás ‘El Panga‘ Ramos.
As a percussionist she toured with various national and international artists such as Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) and Pete York (The Spencer Davis Group) and the interactive drum show ‘Drum-Conversation’. She composes music for theatre and dance productions and she has published a series of 4 educational percussion books for Schott Music called ‘World Of Percussion Conga’, ‘World Of Percussion Bongo’, ‘World Of Percussion Cajón’ and ‘World Of Percussion Djembé‘.
She teaches at the music department of the ‘Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität’ in Munich and the ‘Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst’ in Mannheim, Germany.
Ellen Mayer is a member and advisory council for ‘Percussion Creativ‘ the German drum community and is sponsored by Meinl Percussion and Meinl Cymbals.
Ellen is appearing in association with Meinl Percussion and Meinl Cymbals.