BIOGRAPHY

Lang started to study piano at the age of 4 and orchestral percussion at 14. A classical training brought him solid and effective foundational approaches to learning different instruments and music.

Before coming to the U.S., Lang was a multi-award winner both on piano and drums in China.

He also passed the top-level performance certificate exams from the Chinese Musicians Association, Central Conservatory and the Shanghai Conservatory, obtaining the top-level performance certification for both piano and drums.

After graduating from Ohio State University, Lang moved to L.A. to attend Musicians Institute to further study drums. Here he received the 2013 Musicians Institute Outstanding Player Award. He was also featured at DrumChannel Live around that same time.

 

Lang went on to become a staff member at Musicians Institute afterwards. He stayed in L.A. to further research the art form of drumming and to study with/ receive mentorship from the drumming greats such as Rob Carson, Chuck Silverman, Matt Garstka, Mark Guiliana, Will Kennedy and many others.

 

In 2017, Lang published his first book An analytical approach to linear Applications: Integrating gospel drumming into your grooves and chops, with demonstration by Henry McDaniel IV (Big Sean, George Duke/Stanley Clarke band). It hit #1 in Amazon`s Music Technique Book category within 24 hours of its release.

 

Following with the book`s success in the US, the Chinese version was published in China in 2018 and became one of the most talked-about drumming books there. In the same year, Lang went on a clinic tour in China, and shared his knowledge and experiences with hundreds of drummers and students.

 

In 2019, Lang partnered with guitarist/bassist Yas Nomura and released their debut progressive metal album as The Resonance Project. This self-titled album is “mostly a rich jazz-fusion inflected take on modern progressive metal” (Prog Magazine, issue 99). With his rich knowledge in different music genres, and talents of composing, orchestrating, and playing, Lang created an otherworldly music vision in the album.

 

Later, Lang was invited by Vic Firth and played a tune from the album with Yas in a vfJams video.

 

The advantages from Lang`s diverse cultural background and past experiences not only allowed him to become a versatile drummer, but also offered him very effective and efficient approaches to analyze and summarize information systematically from a very unique point of view.

 

Lang currently works as a drummer and composer. He is also working on a series of books on drumming that cover a variety of topics that range from playing technique to different styles, including research on gospel influenced drumming.

Copyright © 2018 Lang Zhao 

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