interview: Dave Schoepke

October 17, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Tune into WMSE on the Free Jazz BBQ to hear Dr. Sushi speak with Milwaukee percussionist, Dave Schoepke, in advance of his show date with the Martin Barre Band at Shank Hall on Wednesday, October 18th.

Holding down the drum throne in the Willy Porter Band since 2002, Dave has tracked all the drums on the acoustic wizard’s “Available Light”(2006)”How to Rob a Bank”(2009) and the forthcoming 2015 release “Human Kindness”, as well as toured North America with Willy numerous times and appeared on the legendary World Cafe Live nationally syndicated radio show among numerous tv and radio appearances. A busy session musician in Milwaukee with over 50 albums to his credit in all genres, and numerous instruction cds for the Hal Leonard Corporation, one of the world’s largest music publishers. Dave also heads up the improvisational recording project, Blank Radio and is the chief engineer and curator of upwards of 30 sessions held yearly since 2008 with musicians from all over the greater Milwaukee area. Recording improvisations in all styles from ambient soundscapes to classical, jazz and seething progressive rock and fusion.

Currently Dave makes his home in Milwaukee and is a private lesson instructor at Cascio Interstate Music. He has done dozens of clinics and been billed with legendary drummers Ed Thigpen, Paul Wertico, Dom Famularo, Greg Bissonette, Ernie Adams, and Carmine Appice. He maintains a busy schedule of teaching, touring, clinics and sessions both locally and around the country, and is always striving to evolve in every facet of music making.

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