Chris Lesso: Featured Clinician at the first annual MWI International Drum Festival

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Chris Lesso

Chris Lesso: Featured Clinician

Chris Lesso began drumming when he was just nine years old, and never looked back. After gaining much experience performing and writing music in various bands, he sought out and took lessons from many world-renowned artists such as Dom Famularo, Ed Shaughnessy, and Jim Chapin, before going on to study with highly-respected teacher and drummer Jim Blackley. In addition to being an eternal student of the drum set, Chris is currently studying jazz harmony on the piano, and Indian rhythms on the table with Ritesh Das.

Chris’ unique blend of hard rock, jazz, improvisational, and world-flavoured rhythms can be heard with Chris’ own original band The Modus Factor (with Brownman and Ian de Souza), The Blues Bros Revue, Steve Koven, Brownman Ali, Tony Springer (Wild T And The Spirit), The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, as well as various other artists performing around the Toronto area and touring internationally.

Chris is a proud educator, teaching a full roster of students at his studio Rhythm in Motion and performing regular Drum Clinic Events. He is a faculty member at the Institute, as well as a published author – he has written articles for various publications including Canadian Musician Magazine. Chris is endorsed by Sonor Drums, Evans Heads, Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks. The future holds an ever-improving output of energetic live shows and rhythmically intense recorded work, always drawing from a wide range of influences and styles.

On Saturday, September 22nd, Chris Lesso is offering a FREE drum clinic for the first annual MWI International Drum Festival. Catch Chris Lesso’s clinic “Rhythm in Motion” on September 22nd at 1:00pm in the South Auditorium. To RSVP for the clinic, please email with your name, events you plan to attend and number of guests you plan to bring.

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