1000 BEATS is a weekend dedicated to the world of percussion and drums, an open-air school with a programme full of events. Sponsored by the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenaghen and the Conservatorio “Alessandro Scarlatti” in Palermo, it is aimed at students and professionals of all the conservatories and music schools in Europe. Its mission is ambitious: to bring together percussionists and drummers for a multicultural exchange, not only from an educational point of view but also from a social one.



4 sessions in English held by world famous artists, 4 days of workshops and rehearsals, 4 exclusive event. You can ask for private lessons to the teacher and interact with them closely for a unique educational experience. You will also have the opportunity to be updated on the latest news about instruments, thanks to a number of technical sponsors who will be present.


Thousand surprises, one destination: Palermo, Italy and its cultural heritage in Downtown, sea promenade, historic markets, good wine and healthy food. All within a walking distance. Such a wonder.


Thousand emotions for everyone during the concerts event at venues not usual for cultural performances: harbour, airport  and suburbs.

Boost the territory

One destination, Thousand beats. Youngsters from thousands cities as migrants toward an island in the middle of human flow from the Mediterranean Sea. The percussion ensemble together with the multicolour people of “Ballarò” and “Vucciria” neighbourhoods.




Alexej Gerassimez performs as a guest soloist with internationally renowned orchestras including those of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin under the direction of conductors such as Gerd Albrecht, Tan Dun, Kristjan Järvi, Eivind Gullberg Jensen and Michel Tabachnik. In addition, Alexej Gerassimez creates solo programmes and participates as an enthusiastic chamber musician in a vast variety of ensembles. His partners include the pianists Arthur and Lucas Jussen, the jazz pianist Omer Klein and the SIGNUM saxophone quartet.
Since November 2017 he is professor for percussion at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Furthermore, he is a regular guest teacher at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Photo by Peter Ackerman


Leigh Howard Stevens’ repertoire ranges from Renaissance music and the Preludes and Fugues of J. S. Bach, to original marimba works written by contemporary composers expressly for him. Much of this unaccompanied literature was considered technically and musically impossible by one player until the development of Mr. Stevens’ new system of four-mallet technique. Percussionists and marimbists worldwide have adopted his revolutionary approach and his book on the subject of four-mallet marimba technique, Method of Movement, has been translated into six languages.



Born in St. Louis Missouri, Colenburg had a strong desire for music (particularly drums)
at 2 years of age. He further developed his talent by joining symphonic, concert, jazz,
pep, and marching bands in school. In a short time he blossomed in high school winning
various awards and competitions such as: Outstanding Musicianship award, the All
Suburban Jazz Ensemble drum chair in St. Louis and the All State Jazz Ensemble drum
chair in Missouri.
Next he made the biggest step in his career as he auditioned for Mannes School of
Music, where he was accepted and awarded a scholarship. He then moved to New York
and within in the first year things took off.
Studying with some of the world’s greatest drummers such as: Lenny White, Joe
Chambers, Michael Carvin, Carl Allen, and Marvin Sparks.
He has been honored to perform, produce, and write music with the best of the best in
various genres with the likes of: Common, Lalah Hathaway, Kenny Garrett, Lizz Wright,
Mos Def, Bilal, Robert Glasper, Q-tip, and Erykah Badu just to name a few.
He has appeared drumming for various artist on mainstream television broadcasts such
as The Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon, The Chris Rock Show on HBO, and The Ellen
DeGeneres Show and is a Grammy Award winner for his work with The Robert Glasper
Experiment. Mark appreciates God’s gift and aims to share it to the world.

peter erskine


Peter Erskine has played drums since the age of 4 and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won 2 Grammy Awards plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music. Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson big bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny & Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, plus the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, BBC Symphony, Bochum, Tokyo Metropolitan, Yomiuri Nippon, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. He premiered Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Erskine — Concerto for Drumset & Orchestra” with Beethoven Orchester Bonn and performed it at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Peter has been voted ’Best Jazz Drummer of the Year’ ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine and was elected into its Hall of Fame in 2017. Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. Peter is an author with several books to his credit, including“No Beethoven” — an autobiography and chronicle of the band Weather Report — plus his latest title, “The Drummers’ Lifeline.” Peter is Professor of Practice & Director of Drumset Studies at USC, and conducts masterclasses worldwide, while his latest endeavors include several innovative play-along apps for iOS.