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chris362696
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ABOUT

39 years old experienced jazz drummer based in London with an extensive experience in many genres and styles of music, both in studio and live.
More significantly, in recent years I went more into jazz territory and developed a very personal approach to groove.

I am currently looking for creative musicians (for gigs and possible record).

I am a creative player who prioritizes groove and sound over technique.
As a drummer, I particularly like to get "percussion like" sounds out of my kit using different techniques and combinations of acoustic sound effects (see below - Equipment list) but more significantly, I prefer to musically wave and swing around the various instruments, often playing off the beat and other times playing unison with other harmonic instruments, emphasising certain accents of the music.
I am particularly obsessed with details and dynamics when it comes down to drumming.
My approach and vision of rhythm is very personal.
My drumming is more of a language and an art form, rather than just cold "sterile technique".
It is communication, feel and expression.
I like to musically explore with no boundaries.

I am looking for similar minded people who are serious about creating something special.

Committed people ONLY !

The jazz "thing" MUST be in !

Chris 07975649284

Screen name:
chris362696
Member since:
Mar 25 2019
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
25
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week

Influences

As a drummer my strongest influence is the early jazz (1930's pre war era) New Orleans "Dixieland / marching bands" drumming style.
I am also influenced by the later jazz drumming such as Be Bop as well as by African percussion beat (and Latin) which I incorporate into my drumming in a unique blend and, in a contemporary and modern kind of context.
My playing is an "unusual" and "unorthodox" mixture of these styles, but played in a rather extremely personal way.

Instrument experience:

Drums:
Expert
Other Percussion:
Expert

EQUIPMENT

GRETSCH Catalina Jazz Club 18" drum kit (1 snare, 1 tom-tom, 1 floor tom and 1 bass drum with multiple cymbals)

ALL DRUM HEADS ARE TUNED VERY LOW
(for a more "dirty" sound and feel)

Plus additional percussion, including cowbells, traditional wood blocks, Vietnamese hand carved temple blocks, a ratchet, other customised ones specifically adapted for my playing and various acoustic sounds effects such as an old vintage honky horn, a traditional English ACME siren whistle, as well as a small camping metal coffee mug and, an old fashioned desk bell (all mounted on my drum set) played as extra "spicy" percussion.
ALL USED TO GET THE GROOVE AND SOUND I HAVE IN MIND
(it is ALL part of the language !!).