Zildjian Artists and Industry Friends Gather For Annual UK Event
The Avedis Zildjian Company held its third annual London Artist Session at Ritz Studios, home of Cato Music, Zildjian’s UK Artist retail outlet.
Following the success of previous years’ Artist Sessions in London, Los Angeles and New York, Zildjian continued with its theme of showing their newest cymbal introductions to the artists in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. The new cymbals included the highly anticipated K Custom Hybrid line and assorted K Constantinople models, which debuted last summer. This year’s Artist Session also featured a number of Zildjian Sound Lab Prototypes, which created a huge buzz from all the artists.
The Artist Session attracted nearly 100 Zildjian artists and industry friends including attendees from Cato Music, Yamaha, Premier, Tama, and Drum Tech, as well as members of British trade publications: Rhythm Magazine and Drummer Magazine. Representing the popular UK drumming website mikedolbear.com was Mike himself who was on hand to present Zildjian with the 2005 Best Cymbals Award for K Custom as voted by the visitors to the web site.
Once again our London Artist Session was a tremendous success, judging by the great turnout and overall vibe.  It’s our way of saying thanks. - John DeChristopher
Zildjian representatives included: John DeChristopher, Vice President, Artist Relations & Event Marketing Worldwide, Bob Wiczling, International Marketing Manager, Jim McGathey, Artist Relations Manager – US East Coast and Tina Clarke, International Artist Relations Manager, who once again organized the entire event.
The artists in attendance included: Ged Lynch (Peter Gabriel), Luke Bullen (KT Tunstall), Laurie Jenkins (Howie Day), Javier Weyler (Stereophonics), Guy Davis (Reuban), Martin France, Mark Fletcher, Alun Harries, Russell Gilbrook, Andy Newmark, Andy Gangadeen, Lisa Gordon, Ian Palmer, Louie Palmer, Paul Francis, Neil Robinson, Jim McDermott, Eddie Edwards, Paul Kodish, Benny Calvert, Gavin Harrison, Cherisse Ofosu-Osei, Tristian Banks, Mark Mondesir, Mark Walker, Bob Knight, Karlos Edwards, Dawne Adams, Carlos Hercules, Colin Woolway, Simon Hanson, Pete Zeldman, Owen Hopkins, Pete Lewinson, Preston Heyman, Simon Edgoose, Geoff Holroyde, Ben Carrigan, Andy Treacey, Jeremy Stacey, Blair Cunningham, Chris Karen, Smiley, Lea Mullen, Kev Whitehead and Martin Carling.
John DeChristopher commented, “Once again our London Artist Session was a tremendous success, judging by the great turnout and overall vibe. The Hybrids were a huge hit and the feedback on the Sound Lab Prototypes was also overwhelmingly positive. In addition to our annual events in L.A. and New York City this year, we’re expanding our Artist Sessions concept to Mexico City in April, and Nashville in May, to interface with even more artists in this relaxed and unique environment. It’s our way of saying thanks.”
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