October 29, 2004

FATES WARNING/CANS drummer Mark Zonder has posted the following message on his web site:

"It has been a busy last couple of months. I have spent a lot of time studying and practicing with a new teacher. Even though I had spent many hours studying Afro-Cuban music from a couple of great books, there is nothing like having a teacher. We started from the basics and keeping things traditional. I have been playing alot of congas and then incorporating the bell patterns and other configurations to the drum set. This is some very serious 4 way independence. I recommend this very highly as it really can open up your playing and give you the tools to start taking your playing into various directions.

"I have also started working with Wayne Findlay, a local San Diego guy, who is the guitar-keyboard player with Michael Schenker. I am pretty sure he has been with Michael for about 5 years or so. Check out www.waynefindlay.com

"Wayne is in Europe for a few weeks with Michael, but when he returns we have plans for kicking this into high gear. We have come up with some great ideas so far. I really enjoy and appreciate Wayne's ability to take some of my drum ideas and write to them. He is a true musician. I will keep you posted as we progress. Keep practicing."

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