Claus Hessler

04_About-bio_sBesides being an “in demand” clinician and performer; Claus is writing educational columns for the German DRUMS & PERCUSSION magazine and iPad App. He is also a member of the MODERN DRUMMER EDUCATIONAL TEAM contributing articles to the famous US magazine. His first book OPEN-HANDED PLAYING VOL. I (co-written with Dom Famularo and including a foreword by Billy Cobham) has been released worldwide with Alfred Publishing and earned international recognition including a 4-star review in the MODERN DRUMMER magazine. After that, DAILY DRUMSET WORKOUT turned out as a huge success in Germany and was also published in English in less than a year from its original release date. His latest educational release OPEN-HANDED PLAYING VOL. II: A STEP BEYOND (including forewords from Simon Philipps, Will Kennedy and Kenny Aronoff) was released at PASIC 2011. Other future book and DVD plans include taking care of Jim Chapin’s idea about collapsed rudiments (on which Dom and Claus have already released an educational poster), Moeller technique and a rudimental playalong project with alternate versions of traditional fife and drum tunes.

Besides the wide stylistic range of his playing Claus’ unique and individual style of drumming comes as a mixture of stunning technical skills, open handed playing and ostinato work that never gets into being “just drums”. His teaching activities include the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and a busy schedule of clinics and private teaching. The KEIMYUNG UNIVERSITY in Daegu (South Korea) awarded Claus a position as “Distinguished Professor”. As the first German respectively European drumset artist he was also invited to the DRUMMERS COLLECTIVE (New York) and the UNIVERSITIY OF PERFORMING ARTS / JU PERCUSSION FOUNDATION in Taipei (Taiwan). His workshops and clinics are known for a unique mixture of education and displaying stunning musical and drumistic skills likewise; sharing stage at international drum events with drummers like Steve Smith, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Dave Mc Clain or percussion fame Luis Conte and earning standing ovations at PASIC 2011. Claus endorses SABIAN cymbals, VIC FIRTH sticks, MAPEX drums and EVANS drumheads.


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