Osami Mizuno

Osami Mizuno

Osami Mizuno

Director of SHOOTINGSTAR STUDIO Manager of Music & Environment Division, Office Mizuno

Osami Mizuno was blown away by Tony Williams’s overwhelming power and virtuosity, and went on to Berklee College of Music to study with legendary mentor/drummer Alan Dawson, who had taught Tony Williams. After returning to Japan he played with many musicians from various genres. While performing as a drummer, he established the Alan Dawson Drum School with the permission of Florence Dawson, in order to pass on Alan Dawson’s method to younger drummers. Since then our mentor Alan Dawson gave us master classes every time he came to Japan. On September 2, 1986, the great Tony Williams gave us a special drum clinic. Subsequently, many of Osami’s close friends such as Steve Smith, Harvey Mason, John Blackwell, and Billy Hart gave special master classes. On November 23, 2003, Osami held a “Tribute to Ron Spagnardi & Taku Kawai” with a special solo performance by Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. In 2002 he established the Dawsonisms School Division based on the Alan Dawson Drum School in Japan, and in 2004 launched the Dawsonisms Label Division (now known as the Office Mizuno label). In 2005 Osami released his first solo CD, “TENMA”. It received a “4 drum set” rating from Modern Drummer Magazine where they said, “Through the diversity of this album, Mizuno shows his mastery and sensitivity as a drummer.”

Publications;
Alan Dawson Drum Method, Vol. 1 (Ongaku-no-Tomo Sha, 1998)
Alan Dawson Drum Method, Vol. 2 (Ongaku-no-Tomo Sha, 1999: contribution by Steve Smith)
Osami also contributed a “Rudimental Symposium” column to Modern Drummer magazine (April to July, 2001); founder & chief editor Ron Spagnardi, who was also one of Alan’s students, gave him the wonderful name “Dawsonisms.”

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  • Flam Rudiments Part 2 Nov 8, 2013 Flam Rudiments Part 2

    Drums sheet by Osami Mizuno Here is an exercise about Flam paradiddles : the Flamadiddles ! Simple, double or triple. Osami show us how to push this rudiments ...

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  • Flam Rudiments Part 1 Nov 7, 2013 Flam Rudiments Part 1

    Drums sheet by Osami Mizuno Here is an exercise about Flam paradiddles : the Flamadiddles ! Simple, double or triple. Osami show us how to push this rudiments ...

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