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In Memoriam: John Bergamo

It is with sincere regret that we announce the passing of Paiste artist John Bergamo. The renowned percussionist, educator and coordinator of the Percussion Department at the California Institute of the Arts passed away on Saturday, October 19 he was 73. John Bergamo joined the Paiste family in November of 1989.

Over the course of his career, he performed with Frank Zappa, Nexus, Dave Liebman, Ali Akbar Khan, Lou Harrison, Malcolm Goldstein, Mickey Hart, Emil Richards, Shadowfax, L. Shankar, Glen Velez, Repercussion Unit, Lukas Foss, Gunther Schuller, Charles Wuorinen (The Group for Contemporary Music at Columbia University), Shakti with John McLaughlin, Trichy Sankaran, and Steve Gadd, and participated in the "World Drums" performance at Expo 86. In addition, he performed on the soundtracks of a number of Hollywood films, including Act of Violence, Altered States, Bad News Bears go to Japan, Chapter Two, Crossroads, The Exorcist II, The Heretic, Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), L.A. Story, National LAmpoon's Class Reunion,Perfect Weapon, Popeye, The Possessed, Project X, A Reflection of Fear, The Scarecrow Sniper, Tarzan the Ape Man, and Who's Harry Crumb.