SCOTT AMENDOLA

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“Amendola’s music is consistently engaging, both emotionally and intellectually, the product of a fertile and inventive musical imagination.” Los Angeles Times

“If Scott Amendola didn’t exist, the San Francisco music scene would have to invent him.”
Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Amendola has complete mastery of every piece of his drumset and the ability to create a plethora of sounds using sticks, brushes, mallets, and even his hands.” Steven Raphael, Modern Drummer 

“…drummer/signal-treater Scott Amendola is both a tyrant of heavy rhythm and an electric-haired antenna for outworldly messages (not a standard combination).” Greg Burk, LA Weekly

For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader, electronics explorer, first-call accompanist and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Charlie Hunter, Nels Cline, and Jeff Parker, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, violinist Jenny Scheinman, saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, bassists Trevor Dunn, and Todd Sickafoose, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz.

While rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area scene, Amendola has woven a dense and far-reaching web of bandstand relationships that tie him to influential artists in jazz, blues, rock and new music. A potent creative catalyst, the Berkeley-based drummer is the nexus for a disparate community of musicians stretching from Los Angeles and Seattle to Chicago and New York. Whatever the context, Amendola possesses a gift for twisting musical genres in unexpected directions.

Over a career spanning more than three decades, Amendola has forged deep ties across the country, and throughout the world. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader, electronics explorer, first-call accompanist, and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings.

Scott’s latest project, SticklerPhonicsis Scott on drums, percussion, and electronics, plus tenor saxophone and trombone. He calls it a “modern micro brass band” which borrows from the traditions of the New Orleans brass bands, but adds his wildly creative electronic element, and compositionally goes in all kinds of directions. Check out Scott Amendola & SticklerPhonics album “Technicolor Ghost Parade” on Jealous Butcher Records.

“Technicolor Ghost Parade, is a shapeshifting sonic wonderland, moving between freeform expression and complex instrumental textures.” – Brad Rose, @foxy.digitalis

“Amendola proves an expert in punctuation particularly adept at measuring out the generous fills he feeds in as the heat intensifies. There’s plenty to listen to however skeletal the set-up. And the glitchy, mischievous electronics that Amendola has ingeniously rustled up add welcome spice.” @ Marlbank Review

“Favorite track,‘Well Blazed’, with its schizo switchbacks from free craze to lullaby and back — no lie, it’s FUNNY. And no Amendola set would be complete without a few tastes of electronic freakery; he even devotes two miniatures here, notably “A Courting,” featuring a harmonious/awkward horn conversation (will they? the plugged-in firefly knows). In New Orleans, the funeral band’s job is to make you smile as the pallbearers stroll down the street. Same here, and we need it.”   Greg Burk, www.metaljazz.com

Scott’s involved in various working bands including: The Scott Amendola Trio, Scott Amendola Band, Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo, The Nels Cline Singers, Nels Cline and Scott Amendola are Stretch Woven, Amendola vs. Blades (add link), Invisible Bird, and Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane.

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For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader, electronics explorer, first-call accompanist and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Charlie Hunter, Nels Cline, and Jeff Parker, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, violinist Jenny Scheinman, saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, bassists Trevor Dunn, and Todd Sickafoose, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz.

While rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area scene, Amendola has woven a dense and far-reaching web of bandstand relationships that tie him to influential artists in jazz, blues, rock and new music. A potent creative catalyst, the Berkeley-based drummer is the nexus for a disparate community of musicians stretching from Los Angeles and Seattle to Chicago and New York. Whatever the context, Amendola possesses a gift for twisting musical genres in unexpected directions.

Over a career spanning more than three decades, Amendola has forged deep ties across the country, and throughout the world. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader, electronics explorer, first-call accompanist, and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings.

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I’ve got a great home setup for recording and teaching. My studio has a Pro Tools set up that sounds amazing. Along with some incredible sounding, and flexible gear, I can track drum set, percussion, and electronics.

I’m available for private study, workshops, or clinics. Private lessons via FaceTime, or Skype works great. I live in the bay area for in person lessons.

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SCOTT AMENDOLA, HENRY KAISER, MICHAEL MANRING
HAUNTED BY ETERNITY
(2023)

MINUS X
A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF IANNIS XENAKIS
(2023)

SCOTT SAWYER
CHANGE OF SCENE
(2022)

AMENDOLA-HOOPES-SHARP-ZORZI
FOUR CORNERS MAKE A CIRCLE
(2022)

HENRY KAISER
AT ONE TIME (IMPROVISATIONS FOR CECIL TAYLOR)
(2021)

THE GOOD LIFE
THE ANIMALS TOOK OVER
(2020)

THOMAS DIMUZIO
BALANCE
(2020)

RACHEL GARLIN
MONDEGREENS
(2020)

OWEN MAERCKS
KINDS OF BLUE
(2018)

CRIS WILLIAMSON
MOTHERLAND
(2017)

SARA LOVELL
YOU’VE GOT ME
(2016)

THE FAMOUS
GHOST TOWN PARADE
(2015)

BLACK BONES
WAKE UP (Producer)
(2015)

CHARLIE HUNTER & SCOTT AMENDOLA
THE CARS, HANK WILLIAMS, DUKE ELLINGTON & COLE PORTER
(2014)

NELS CLINE SINGERS
MACROSCOPE
(2014)

SCOTT ARNOLD
45
(2014)
(drums/electronics/producer)

NAD (ROBERTO ZORZI)
DONGEREU XORCISMS
(2014)

BEN JENCKS
THINKING OF YOU
(2014)

BEN GOLDBERG
SUBATOMIC PARTICLE HOMESICK BLUES
(2013)

ELI GOOD
El BILY SLON
(2013)

CHARLIE HUNTER & SCOTT AMENDOLA
NOT GETTING BEHIND IS THE NEW GETTING AHEAD
(2012)

KIHNOUA
THE SYBIL’S WHISPER
(2012)

JENNIFER BEREZAN
HOME
(2012)

MARIA MARQUEZ
TONADA
(2012)

NELS CLINE
DIRTY BABY
(2010)

NELS CLINE SINGERS
INITIATE
(2010)

RICK AND AIREEN
TEN TON FEATHER
(2010)

ROVA AND NELS CLINE SINGERS
THE CELESTIAL SEPTET
(2010)

LARRY OCHS
WILD RED YELLOW
(2010)

KIHNOUA
UNAUTHORIZED CAPRICES
(2010)

GIOVANNI MAIER
THE TALKING BASS
(2010)

CRYSTAL MONEE HALL
RIVER TRAIN
(2010)

WD-41+2
TEMI PER CINEMA
(2010)

VALERIE ORTH
FARAWAY CITY
(2010)

LARRY OCHS SAX & DRUMMING CORE
STONE SHIFT
(2009)

STEVE ADAMS TRIO
SURFACE TENSION
(2009)

ELI GOOD
SUBMARINE BY HORSES
(2009)

BILL FRISELL
ALL HAT
(2008)

ROSS HAMMOND
DUETS
(2008)

THE BOTTESINI PROJECT
BOTTESINI
(2008)

STEVE DAWSON
TELESCOPE
(2008)

STEVE DAWSON
WAITING FOR THE LIGHTS TO COME UP
(2008)

ALAN PASQUA
ANTI-SOCIAL CLUB
(2008)

ROSS HAMMOND
TEAKAYO MISSION
(2007)

CRIS WILLIAMSON
FRINGE
(2007)

GYAN RILEY
MELISMANTRA
(2007)

LARRY OCHS SAX & DRUMMING CORE
UP FROM UNDER
(2007)

JAMES HARRIES
DAYS LIKE THESE
(2007)

DAVID WITHAM
SPINNING THE CIRCLE
(2007)

NELS CLINE SINGERS
DRAW BREATH
(2007)

JOHN ETTINGER
KISSINGER IN SPACE
(2006)

MADELEINE PEYROUX
HALF THE PERFECT WORLD
(2006)

STEPHEN BERNSTEIN
DIASPORA SUITE
(2006)

STEPHEN YERKEY
META NEO NATURE BOY
(2006)

NELS CLINE
NEW MONASTERY
(2006)

ELI GOOD
BRIDE OF THE BULL
(2005)

JENNIFER BEREZAN
END OF DESIRE
(2005)

ORENDA FINK
INVISIBLE ONES
(2005)

JESSICA LURIE
LICORICE & SMOKE
(2005)

LENKA DUSILOVA
MEZI SVETY
(2005)

REBECCA PIDGEON
TOUGH ON CRIME
(2005)

ROVA :: ORKESTROVA
AN ALLIGATOR IN YOUR WALLET
(2004)

NELS CLINE SINGERS
THE GIANT PIN
(2004)

MADELEINE PEYROUX
CARELESS LOVE
(2004)

AMY CORREIA
LAKEVILLE
(2004)

RED POCKET
THICK
(2004)

CARLA BOZULICH
I’M GONNA STOP KILLING
(2004)

JOHN ZORN
VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS
(2003)

KELLY JOE PHELPS
SLINGSHOT PROFESSIONALS
(2003)

ODESSA CHEN
ONE ROOM PALACE
(2003)

CARLA BOZULICH
RED HEADED STRANGER
(2003)

PLAIN JANE TRIO
I GORGONA
(2003)

JOHN ETTINGER
AUGUST RAIN
(2003)

AVI BORTNICK
CLEAN SLATE
(2003)

DAVE LIEBMAN & MIKE ZILBER
LIVE AT THE JAZZSCHOOL
(2003)

DAVID HOwARD
DAVID HOwARD
(2002)

L. STINKBUG
THE ALLURE OF ROADSIDE CURIOS
(2002)

NELS CLINE SINGERS
INSTRUMENTALS
(2002)

TONY FURTADO
AMERICAN GYPSY
(2002)

NOE VENABLE
BOOTS
(2002)

JESSICA LURIE ENSEMBLE
!ZIPA BUKA!
(2002)

LARRY OCHS SAX & DRUMMING CORE
THE NEON TRUTH
(2002)

JIM CAMPILONGO
LIVE AT THE DU NORD
(2001)

TONY FURTADO BAND
(2001)

JENNY SCHEINMAN QUARTET
LIVE AT YOSHI’S
(2000)

JOHN SCHOTT
SHUFFLE PLAY
(2000)

GRAHAM CONNAH
BECAUSE OF WAYNE / THE ONLY SONG WE KNOW
(2000)

MYLES BOISEN
SCRAMBLEDISC
(2000)

G. E. STINSON
VAPOR
(1999)

SCOTT HILL
STEPS
(1999)

PAUL PLIMLEY TRIO
SAFE-CRACKER
(1999)

CHARLIE HUNTER & POUND FOR POUND
RETURN OF THE CANDYMAN
(1998)

NOE VENABLE
NO CURSES HERE
(1998)

WILL BERNARD
4-TET
MEDICINE HAT
(1998)

CALDER SPANIER
THE CALDER PROJECT
(1998)

HERBIE KOPF
WHO SHOT THE PIANO-PLAYER?
(1998)

JENNY SCHEINMAN QUARTET
THE DJANGO PROJECT
(1998)

PAT MARTINO
ALL SIDES NOW
(1997)

CHARLIE HUNTER QUARTET
NATTY DREAD
(1997)

CHARLIE HUNTER QUARTET
READY…SET… SHANGO!
(1996)

JOEL HARRISON
3 + 3 = 7
(1996)

ACTION PLUS
ACTION PLUS
(1996)

SONYA HUNTER
FINDERS KEEPERS
(1995)

STEPHEN YERKEY
CONFIDENCE, MAN
(1995)

Gear I Dig

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