Percussion Loft

Gon Bops

In-depth conversation with the world’s most talented drummers and percussionists from the Gon Bops artist family.

Hosted by Rich Mangicaro, Gon Bops’ Percussions Loft gives a behind-the-scenes look into the artist’s path to success, their favorite GB instruments and much more.

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Jack Johnson drummer/percussionist Adam Topol shares his eclectic influences, with beginnings in Classic Rock to Jazz studies at Berklee and his eventual love for Cuban folkloric music. Studies with masters like Alan Dawson to Changuito gave him the depth and range which he expresses in his compositions. We discuss his love for Gon Bops instruments and hear selections from his various albums including Blue Painted Walls in Faraway Places, Ritmo Y Canto, Regardless of the Dark and his latest, Cuando.

Oct 2020

51 min 16 sec

A true living legend, Alex Acuna’s credits span over 40 years and a staggering 30 pages on Allmusic.com. Playing on literally thousands of recordings, in 1975 he became a part of what’s considered to be Weather Report’s greatest line-up. Alex is a repeated winner of Modern Drummer’s Reader’s and Critic’s polls and is Gon Bops’ Flagship Signature artist. Our in-depth, lively conversation spans his amazing life from his youth in Peru to his amazing, world-renowned career.

Dec 2020

1 hr 37 min

Announcing the next episode from Gon Bops' podcast - "Percussion Loft", featuring Grammy winning drummer/percussionist Tony Braunagel! Check out this colorful, informative conversation, from his early days in Texas to his many award-winning recordings and, his love for Gon Bops as a producer and player.

Dec 2020

1 hr

Cuban percussionist Eliel Lazo is admired world-wide as one of the finest congueros. Known for his flawless, fluid technique and great sound, Lazo has played with many music icons, including Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdes, Herbie Hancock, Bob Mintzer and many more. In this episode, we discuss his Cuban roots and his approach to achieving his great sound and playing style and his role in inspiring Gon Bops’ Mariano Series. We also feature some of his original compositions from his album “Eliel Lazo and the Cuban Funk Machine”. Contact us for order-of-play titles.

Dec 2020

1 hr 14 min

Lenny Castro is one of the most influential percussionists in music and has performed on many hits that have become soundtracks of our lives. Artists like The Rolling Stones, Elton John, U2, Adele, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Justin Timberlake are just a few who have relied on Lenny’s masterful talent. His work with Toto, including performing on the iconic song “Africa”, has influenced generations. Lenny recently released his debut solo album entitled Hands Of Silk And Stone. In our in-depth conversation with him, we span the decades including his 1st meeting with Jeff Porcaro to the formation of Toto and hear selections from his fantastic debut record. Contact Gon Bops for the titles, in the order they were played.

Feb 15

1 hr 38 min

Jamey Haddad is known as one of the most prestigious drummer/percussionists in the world today. He’s worked with some of music’s most influential artists, including Paul Simon, Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Dave Liebman, Herbie Hancock and many more. Our conversation covers his amazing performing and teaching career, his work with Paul Simon and we also features tracks from his bands Under One Sun and Bokante (which also features members of Snarky Puppy).

May 6

1 hr 42 min

Daniel de los Reyes was born into one of music’s most influential families and paved his own path to become one of popular music’s most successful percussionists. Working with household names like Don Henley, Sting, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sheryl Crow and Lionel Richie, Danny has continually appeared on music's biggest stages. He is currently a member of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, touring and also performing on Zac’s platinum selling recordings. Join our lively discussion, as we scan his fascinating life from his early beginnings in Puerto Rico to his current active schedule with Zac Brown and his continual focus on giving back to his community.

Jun 21

1 hr 34 min

Ignacio Berroa is recognized as one of the greatest drummers of our times and was included in a 2011 compilation entitled “Jazz Drumming Legends”.  Born in Cuba, Ignacio is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Cuban music.  In this episode, we hear about his early days studying classical music in Cuba and becoming the 1st call drummer there, to eventually working with legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and many more.  We’ll also hear selections from his 3 great solo albums, hear about his teachings of the history of Cuban music and also, his love for his Gon Bops instruments.   Join us! (Contact us for the music titles, in the order featured in this episode)

Aug 30

1 hr 35 min

Our 9th episode features Grammy winning percussionist/Gon Bops Signature artist Luisito Quintero.  Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Luisito comes from a lineage of distinguished musicians.  He has performed with a host of music’s greats including Oscar D’Leon, Jack DeJohnette, Tito Puente, Alicia Keys and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.  Quintero was a member of Chick Corea’s  Grammy-winning Spanish Heart Band, performing and recording with the music legend up till his untimely passing. Luisito’s solo recordings include Percussion Madness, Third Element and the Quintero Salsa Project - a project he shares with his cousin, Roberto Quintero.  Our Luisito Quintero Signature Series timbales remains one of our most sought-after products.   We’re proud to welcome him to the Percussion Loft! (Contact us for song titles appearing on this episode)

Dec 1

1 hr 33 min