A special gathering was held this past weekend at the NAMM show in honor of our 390th Anniversary. The Zildjian Company is the oldest music company in the world and the oldest family business in America. The Company was founded in 1623 by Avedis Zildjian I, an alchemist who made cymbals during the Ottoman Era at the Topaki Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to making cymbals for the sultan’s janissary band, Avedis established his own cymbal making business. In 1929, the Company was relocated to the United States by Avedis III. Today, the Company is managed by the 14th generation of Zildjians.
In honor of its anniversary, a special display at the 2013 Winter NAMM Show celebrated some of the greatest recordings of all time featuring Zildjian cymbals played by generations of legendary artists and bands. The list included:
KIND OF BLUE – Miles Davis – Jimmy Cobb – 1959
PET SOUNDS – The Beach Boys – Hal Blaine / Earl Palmer - 1966
SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND – The Beatles – Ringo Starr 1967
ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? – Jimi Hendrix – Mitch Mitchell - 1967
MOONDANCE – Van Morrison – Gary Mallaber – 1970
CHICAGO VI – Chicago – Danny Seraphine – 1973
TOYS IN THE ATTIC - Aerosmith – Joey Kramer – 1975
Watch for the celebration to continue all year long with contests and promotions throughout 2013!