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The Early Days
I was born on January, 7th 1976 in Kassel, Germany, and got my first drumkit as a gift for Christmas 1989. Since then I played in many bands around my home town.
From 1997, after graduating in the USA, I have been working as a professional musician and have been living in Hannover for several years now.
1990 - 1996: Taking lessons with Uwe Kramer, Dickie Frost and Dirk Rosenbaum.
1996 - 1997: Studying at the Los Angeles Music Academy with Mike Shapiro, Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Mike Packer, Aaron Serfaty, Mark Schulman, Emil Richards, Jerry Steinholtz and others.
2012: Studying "Cultural Management" at the Leibniz University of Hanover.
Workshops and masterclasses with Udo Dahmen, Wolfgang Haffner, Rene Creemers, Luis Conte, Steve Smith, Gregg Bissonette, Ed Thigpen, Ed Soph, Steve Houghton, Michael Küttner, amongst others.
Private lessons with Dave Elitch, Ralph Humphrey, Mike Packer, Aaron Serfaty, Alfonso Garrido, Mingo Lewis, Jost Nickel, Tony Inzalaco, Dirk Erchinger, Nené Vásquez, Hardy Fischötter, and others.
Additional education: International Working Group f. Music (IAM / Bavarian Music Academy Hammelburg), International Society for Advanced Training in Music Education (IGMF), National Youth Jazz Workshop, Drum Circle Facilitator Workshop with Arthur Hull and Mathias Reuter, Drumcamps of the Modern Drum School, TaKeTiNa with R. Flatischler, and the Body Rhythm Festival in Hamburg.
I played concerts in the following countries:
South Africa, Australia, Canada, USA, Singapore, China, Japan, Egypt, Spain, Taiwan, Italy, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Albania, England, Wales, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Norway, Turkey, Lebanon, Greece and Germany
Montreal Jazzfest, Garana Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folkfest, Detroit World Music Festival, W.O.M.A.D-Festivals in Adelaide, Singapore, Cacerres, Reading and Charlton Park, UN against racism - South Africa, EXPOs Lisbon 1998, Hannover 2000 and Shanghai 2010, World Music Festival Alexandria, Cotton Club Tokyo, National Grand Theater Taipei, Al Bustan Festival Beirut, Blue Balls Festival Lucerne, ...
- 1994 German Youth Jazz Award, 1st prize
- 2000 Youth Jazz Award of Hessen, 1st prize
- 2000 German Rock and Pop Award - Category: Funk & Soul
- 2001 Emergenza Band Contest - Finals in Cologne
- 2001 German Youth Jazz Meeting, 1st prize
- 2001 CD Prize Deutschlandfunk
- 2001 German Music Council International Promotion Prize
- 2001 Nomination for the German Record Critics Prize with triosence
- 2001 Award of the Dr. Wolfgang-Zippel-Foundation with triosence
- 2002 City of Kassel Art Award
- 2005 Nomination for the German Record Critics Prize with triosence
- 2005 Finals of the European Jazz Contest Hoeilaart, Belgium
- 2010 Sandra James Song Contest 1st place with triosence and Sara Gazarek
- 2010 UK-Songcontest place 2 with triosence and Sara Gazarek for "Christmas Song"
- 2011 Finals with Edgar Knecht Trio - Palma de Mallorca Jazzcontest
- 2012 1st prize "The Next Christmas Classic (USA) - triosence ft. Sara Gazarek
- 2019 Cultural Award of the City of Kassel for the Complete Music Camp e.V.
Credits (Live & Studio)
Klaus Lage, Gregor Meyle, Stefanie Heinzmann, Planting Robots, triosence, Nu Hussel Orchestra, Cairo Steps, All Together Now TV Show, Serdar Somuncu, Luke Mockridge TV Shows, Marquess, The Voice of Germany Live in Concert, Fresh Music Live, DePhazz, Jazzkantine, Edgar Knecht, Christina Lux, Sara Gazarek, Mingo Lewis, Ritmo Del Mundo, Felicitas Woll, Edo Zanki, Jenniffer Kae, Semino Rossi, ELOY, Joakim Arenius, Rolf Zacher, Stolle & Band, Mohammed Mounir, Michael Krebs, Marc-Uwe Kling, Pop Meets Classic, Hervé Jeanne Quartett, Nico Santos, Zoe Wees, Hamid Baroudi, and many more.
As part of the TV late night band "Sprengstoff", the "All Hands on Deck Band" and the "Pop Meets Classic Band" I accompanied the following artists: Sarah Connor, Max Giesinger, Joris, Ava Max, Lina, Tim Bendzko, Natascha Bedingfield, Wheatus, Rea Garvey, Nico Santos, David Hasselhoff, Eko Fresh, Stoppok, Tom Gaebel, Phil Siemers, Purple Schulz, Annett Louisan, Antje Schomaker, Tom Gregory, Pohlmann, Laith Al Deen, and many more.
As a percussionist I had the chance to play with some of the finest drummers, like: Pat Fa, Benny Greb, Felix Lehrmann, Wolf Simon, Jost Nickel, Claus Hessler, Moritz Müller, Andy Lindner, Thomas Heinz, Jens Golücke, Hendrik Lensing, Jürgen Stiehle, and many more.
"5 Habits of a Musical Drummer“ - the holistic guide to more musicality on the drums (2020).
Besides the publication of my own books I was able to contribute chapters to these publications: Dirk Brand's "Future Drumming... here and now" (AMA) * "African Grooves for Drumset“ by Altaf Vellani * Ritmo Del Mundo DVD "1.0 for drummers and percussionists" with Nené Vásquez (ALLA Music)
University teaching position:
Institute for Music at the University of Osnabrück (Drums & Percussion, Didactic Application Fields, Ableton Live Courses, Bandcoaching)
Workshops + clinics:
Complete Music Camp, Popakademie Mannheim, Music College Hannover, Los Angeles College of Music, Musikmesse Frankfurt, Sonor Days, Houston Jazzfestival, University of Arts Enschede, Army Music Corps, State Police Orchestra Hessen, Drumtrainer Berlin, Onlinelessons.tv, four times at the Percussion Creative Drumcamps (e.g. with Claus Hessler, Benny Greb, Oli Rubow, Moritz Müller, Dom Famularo, Claus Hessler, and Jost Nickel), Jazz & Rock-Workshop Salzgitter
Part of the jury for the Youth Music Awards of Lower Saxony and the Bavarian School Band Contest