Independent International Artist - Drums & Percussion
Author| AUSR Digital
Head of MMI - Modern Music International
Germany & Denmark
Owner Tony Liotta Drumschool - „Home of Cajon“
Masterclasses|Workshops|Band Training|Vocal Coach
"We know that the pulse beat of melody takes precedence,
and that in drumming we are actually dealing with the most
elemental and ancient component of life itself, the rhythm of the universe.
Perhaps for this reason the development of drums / percussion continues
unabated and changes so rapidly - for everything comes from the pulse beat.
There is no material which does not give off a sound peculiar to it,
there is also no form which does not influence this sound,
no skin, no glass, no stone which do not make themselves recognizable
by the sound which they produce or help to produce. "
Short, short bio
Tony Liotta is a native Italian. Liotta was born in a family of artists. Maybe that explains he became a multitalent. Liotta grew up in New York and New Orleans - the heart of Jazz, right around the corner the legends of rhythm. Here he soaked up the southern music. Lucky Tony Liotta could learn from the pope of drumming itself, Buddy Rich. Buddy still is his great idol. In the age of three Tony Liotta began playing the drums and never stopped.
Michael Kratz (Danish Millionseller and drummer): “Tony is that kind of drummer we want to be, or even better we want to play with! Tony Liotta shows how to do things right and help you to become a much better drummer.”
Drum Mag Italy: “I met Tony about five years ago, during an interview and the first thing that struck me was the humility of this great musician. Hearing him play I realized the full versatility of his approach on drum and percussion”.
Tony Liotta Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 by Euro Casting (Italy). Holder of the "German Rock Pop Prize 2018", category Best Cover Band and “German Rock Pop Prize 2020” category “Best Drummer”. His Single “Funky Donkey” received 2020 Gold Disc status. The press calls him the "Chief of Groove”. “Tony Liotta is not only a drummer...he is primarily a total music art work.” Sticks – drum journal Germany.
Liotta is also a gifted percussionist and Cajon player. He is one of the most diverse drummer of the music business. He got his first studio job, at the age of ten, a studio production for "Young Generation". Meanwhile he is well-known as a "First Take Drummer”.
The list other famous musicians he played or recorded with is long, here a few: Rocky Roberts, Bernhard Purdie, Kenny Arranoff, Gerald Albright, Kevin Moor, Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, David Garfield, Zoro, Marc Walker, Steve Smith, Andrea De Paoli, Richard Barbieri, Dario Fochi, John C. Marshall (R.I.P.), Christian Casini, John Hayes, Andrea Piccioni, Christian Warburg, Tony Ricci, Michael Kratz, Omar Hakim, Felix Sabal Lecco, Greg Copeland, John Blackwell, Tony Esposito, Robert Lopez, Peter Fischer, Carmine Appice, Riccardo Rebughini, Mike Campbell, Chris Henry Samentina, Berkant Çakici, Paul Bernardoli, Cindy Blackman, Peter Maffay, Thomas Lang, Stefan Heidtmann, Christian Bollmann, Carlo Cori (R.I.P.), Jon Rosenau, Earl Slick a.m.o.m. Producer like Tony Brown, Franky Valentin, Eddie Oliwa, Siggi Bemm a.m.o.m.
Respighi Blue Alder Signature Drumset and Paiste Cymbals
HH pstx 10“
HH twenty series 15“
Mini China 8“10“12“twenty series
Splash 8“ signature
Splash 10“ twenty series
Splash 6“ signature
2002 bell Accent 4“ 2x
Splash twenty series 8“
Chine twenty series chine thin 16“
PST Swiss flanger Crash 14“
PST Swiss thin Crash 16“
Alpha thin Swiss Crash 18“
Twenty series crash 17“
Twenty series thin Crash 18“
Twenty series thin Crash 16“
Dark energy Ride 22“
Master swish 22“
HH Giant Beat 16“ sound edge prototype
Respighi Black Limba Signature and Paiste Cymbals
Formula 60Z Modern essentials
HH micro HAT 10“
HH 14“+ HH 15“
Prototype Chine Zizhe 16“
Twenty Sweet Ride Bluebird 20“
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Tony Liotta Drumschool
DRUMS AND PERCUSSION - "HOME OF CAJON"
All courses and workshops are valued as creative and live affirming in every work with music and every age group.
„Tony Liotta Drumschool“ exists more than forthy years and is considered one of the best in Europe.
Working with children, adolescents, adults and disabled people.
Great experience in the field of working with drug addicts.
Part of „Freizeit Hand in Hand“ ("Leisure time hand in hand").
Liotta works with his own learning concept. All ages – beginners and advanced - any style of music.
All Masterclasses are specifically tailored to your professionael activities and lifestyles.
Preparation for the admission examen at the universities and accompanying tutorial.
Stage - & Audition Coaching for singer and bands. Our programs are flexible and can be combined for delivery at any level of knowledge.
Lessons can be in German English or Italian.
Start any time. Appointments by arrangement.
Liotta was head of the Drum and Percussion Departments of "Jam Academy" Cologne. Tony Liotta is the
co-founder of "Glen Buschmann Jazz Academy" Dortmund. There he was director and auditor of the drum and percussion department for many years. Liotta teaches in schools and universities. He trains teachers and gives workshops worldwide.
DVD “Drum Energy - about music”
Tony Liotta released his Learning DVD “Drum Energy “ at LEU Verlag. It gives a great insight into to the world of drumming, and also behind the scenes.
Tony Liotta Cajon Workshop
Art, especially music, heals people. In our public life, art is largely dead after the Corona Lockdown. This workshop aims to help revive the art of music.
Power, originality, free mind, regeneration, community, encouragement are the keywords here.
Tony Liotta Drumschool organizes several cajon workshops for new vitality, for life and more energy. For participants of different age groups. For children in need, for pupils from the age of 15 in cooperation with committed music associations and schools. And workshops for interested adults. The instruments used can be bongos, cajons, conga, djembe, shakers, timbales, tambourines, frame drums, and of course drums.
Anyone who owns an instrument, can bring it with them.
The dates will be announced as soon as meetings with more than two households are allowed again.
Tony Liotta Pink Floyd Project
One of the most remarkable Pink Floyd formations in Europe. (Presscritics german tour 2019)
The special, "TL-PFP" is completely different from all other Pink Floyd bands. Celebrated band, with handmade sounds. NO playback, real music, played live. All-rounder drummer, percussionist and bandleader Tony Liotta: "I'm not ashamed to say that the last few concerts have been overwhelming. We wanted to create a deep sound while following the original songs. I think the result speaks for itselfs" . "TL-PFP" is about using the full potential to recognize your own as a musician, but also the possibilities of the songs. It's about exploring what's more in the legendary pieces and how you can interpret it.
An international band, they unite Denmark, Italy, USA and Germany. The six artists always leave a lasting impression in the genre. Great musicians. Among them, award-winning Tony Liotta, Livetime Achievement Award, Andrea De Paoli - Metal Hammer Award. Ricardo Rebughini (Helena Hellwig), Morgan De Virgilis, star of the international metal band Materdea. On the saxophone the wonderful Ole Visby (Dave Douglas) and great Jörg Küpper vocals.
A definite Pink Floyd experience.
"Master of the Art of Riding" Marius Schneider and "Chief of Groove" Tony Liotta brought their joined project MaTo`s into the arena and on stage. "Dog and Horse" convention in the „Westfalenhalle“ Dortmund.
Rhythm is what connects the two professionals. Both are exceptional talent in their art. The harmony between sounds, groove and the nature of horses, that's what this is all about. Horsemanship and music. Perfectly coordinated. Marius Schneider directs his horse with wonderful ease, while Tony Liotta drums the common rhythm, all three merge into an impressive unity of skill, rhythm, style and emotion.
A new experience of horsemanship as well as music. The beating of the hooves is the beating of the drums, the rhythm of the ride is reflected in the music. It is impossible to say who is setting the pace here. The rider, the musician or the horse. The audience was amazed and enthusiastic about this highly emotional, touching show.
was founded over thirteen years ago, by Tony Liotta and CR Communication. A privately financed, international cultural project. With passion and pleasure they organizesed these concert series. As world famous drummer and percussionist, his contacts made it possible to bring other highclass professionall musicans on stage.
For his international concert series in the Club Atmosphere, Liotta brought top-class musicians with international reputation live on stage. What began in a basement has now toured in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and also in Denmark. "Groove Attack", that was for example John C. Marshall (Ray Charles), John Hayes (Mother`s Finest), Paul Bernardoli (Status QuoPaul McCartney), Markus Scheltinga (Cyndi Lauper), Andrea De Paoli (Dreamtheatre), Laura Majala (Buena Vista Social Club), Denis Hormes (DJ Bobo), UFO Walter (Santana), Frank Kirchner (Grönemeyer) a.m.o.m. Groove Attack is where famous sidemen can shine with their own interpretations and solos to inspire the audience.” With of course, always Tony Liotta on drums 0r / and percussion. "Liotta is not only a globetrotter, but also Germany's answer to Billy Cobham ..." (derwesten.de/blogs/)
He became famous with the Danish band "Kandis". Kandis has released 12 albums so far, each selling over a million CDs. Every single album has gold and platinum status. Tony Liotta drums on the Dane's album "Michael Kratz & The Lonley Solders".
Michael Kratz has put together an illustrious band for his CD, quasi the high society of the music business. The US-Americans Michael Landau and David Garfield are probably the most sought-after side men worldwide. Michael Landau, guitarist, has worked on albums by Jennifer Lopez, Seal, Anastacia, Christina Aguilera, Celin Dion, Madonna, Michael Bolton and Mariah Carey, among others. David Garfied, Keys, first stands for "Toto". Garfield toured with Aerosmith and Peter Gabriel, played for George Benson, Don Henley, Van Halen, Michael McDonald and many more. Also there is the great Steve Lukather. Now heard on over 1000 recordings for musicians such as Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker..In total, he can be heard on more than 500 million records sold. Drums and percussion from "Chief of Groove" Tony Liotta.
Michael Kratz “Tony is that kind of drummer we want to be, or even better we want to play with! Tony Liotta shows how to do things right and help you to become a much better drummer.”
Vivaldi Metal Project
The project is a symphonic metal opera based on Antonio Vivaldi's baroque masterpiece "The Four Seasons", more than 130 amazing metal and classical artists, orchestras, a string quartet and three choirs from around the world. The album contains 14 tracks - from Antonio Vivaldi's original score plus two original new songs written by MISTHERIA. The impressive list of artists makes this album probably the greatest all-star project of all time! A work of 10 famous arrangers together with the initiator of the project: MISTHERIA, they created epic and unforgettable music. A standard metal band formation with strings, choir and orchestra arranged by: Douglas R. Docker, Franc Dall'O ', Frank Caruso, Gabriels, Keiko Kumagai, Nicolas Waldo, Pawel Penksa, Tomas Varnagiris, Yannis Androulakakis and Zhivko Koev . Three years of production. The response has been overwhelming. Tony Liotta carries these mega production as the one and only percussionist.
Chaos Venture 1.0
The album is a journey between space and time. Composed and played by Christian Casini and Andrea De Paoli - keyboardists for metal bands such as Labyrinth, Shadows Of Steel, Vision Divine. On demand composer and producer. In his studio he has worked with bands like Delirium, a “progressive” rock band from Italy known through songs like Jesahel. (10 million sold CDs of “La Dolce Acqua”)
Ratko Delorko Tony Liotta Gershwin Project
Together with contemporary pianist, Ratko Deloro the „Gershwin Project“ for piano and drums and percussion was created. An exceptional constellation. Ratko Deloro – unconventional independent conductor and solo pianist, guest in philharmonics worldwide. He teaches at the Academy of Music and Theatre, Frankfurt. Numerous performances in the big concert halls like Berliner Philharmonie, Tonhalle, Alte Oper Frankfurt and the worlds most important capitals of music like London, Rome, Milan, Shanghai, Beijing, Hanoi, Buenos Aires and much more.
Modern Music Institute International Germany & Denmark
Alex Stornello is president of Modern Music Institute and MMI International. A private University with representatives in almost all over Europe and since 2018 in USA too.
M.M.I. Modern Music Institute is the definition that identifies the educational project of training and research with the collaboration of teachers of the highest qualification and experience and internationally renowned artists, gathered in this National and international project of High Improvement of Musical Disciplines. Professionalism , experience and transparency are intrinsic characteristics of the MMI philosophy, aimed at guaranteeing the student the highest quality that could be desired from a leading music education system.
Alexander Stornello, founder of MMI
The MMI educational program are divided into 5 sections divided by the instruments: Guitar, MGI; Bass MBI; Singing MVI; Piano and Keyboards MKI; Drums MDI; Sudio Recording Sound Engineer MRI.
The MMI has been operated throughout Germany since 2017 by Tony Liotta. The headquarter of Modern Music International Germany and Denmark is the Tony Liotta Drumschool, Dortmund. Here you can study drums and percussion.
MMI is a dual study with a large practical component.
The one-year course leads to the MMI certificate.
The three-year course leads to the MMI diploma.
music is your passion? we feel the same way.
In our lifelong learning in the music business, we have learned a lot about the music, about ourselves and about the business as it is.
We bundle decades of experience.
We share our knowledge with you so that you can find your way into your career in the music business and maybe to yourself.
What blocks you ?
That means we work with a holistic approach.
So we offer you many enriching things more, which just don't seem to belong together.
You will be amazed how everything comes together.
Stay curious and ask us whatever your problem is.
We look forward to accompanying you on your way.
Tony Liotta`s Studio
Recording and Mixing and Mastering
On more than 100 m² recording room with daylight, it offers all the comforts for effective and relaxed work. The field of activity primarily includes music productions as well as all types of recordings, composing, arrangements, mixing and mastering. Also we are connected with an digital lable.
The studio is located in Dortmund Aplerbeck. Numerous takeaways, restaurants, hotels as well as direct bus and subway connections are in the immediate vicinity.
We working in any musical genre in our studio.
As a small but ambitious team of sound engineers, producer and composer. We are happy to help you to realize your vision.
Liotta was born in Italy, but he spent the first years of his life in the USA. He says New York, and New Orleans are his home. Nowadays he lives in Germany. The press calls him the "German answer to Billy Cobham" or compares him with Miles Davis and Santana. Liotta`s groove remains unmistakable and and especially American.
He plays on countless albums, released five CD`s himself, which testify his great musicality. The Drum magazine Sticks called his album “Colours of life” a “contemporary document of the art of drumming”. Queen Elisabeth of England thanked him for this music.
The song „funky donkey“ by Tony Liotta and Andrea De Paoli got gold status.
Some current credits:
Label: Saar Records: Tony Riggi: "Quanto mare attraversare" feat. Tony Liotta
Arrangements Rhythm Section Tony Esposito und Tony Liotta. 2020
Label: BM Records: CD - Michael Kratz “Live your Life”
Lable: BM Records: Video - Michael Kratz “Live your Live”
Itunes: Tony Liotta plays on Paul Bernardoli's current single "Sweet Past Time". A pop-rock project with Tony Liotta and Gerald Albright on bass (Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder).
Lable: Ausr Digital: Tony Liotta “Funky Donky”
Lable: Ausr Digital: Tony Liotta „Hot Potato“
Lable: Ausr Digital: Tony Liotta “Colours of Life”
Lable: Ausr Digital: Tony Liotta “Men at Jazz”
Lable: Ausr Digital: Tony Liotta “Human Steps”
Lable: Ausr Digital: Tony Liotta “Emily”
Lable: Ausr Digital: Tony Liotta “The way we are”
Lable: Ausr Digital: Tony Liotta "Let It Rain On You" (feat. Mark Kielmann, Riccardo Rebughini)
LEU Verlag: Tony Liotta Lern-DVD „Drum Energy - all about music“
WalkAbout, LLC.: Tony Liotta "How to play your WALKABOUT -Beginner to advanced Vol.1"