BIO


Above - pictured at the 2002 "Ultimate Drummer's Weekend" in Melbourne L to R:
Joe Bergamini, Sam Aliano, Dave Weckl, Pete Drummond, Gordo, Dom Famularo, Virgil Donati (with Grant Collins just out of shot on the right).

Gordon Rytmeister

Gordon Rytmeister is one of Australia's most in-demand drummers with an extraordinary ability to cross every conceivable stylistic boundary. He brings a unique energy to any performance as both an exciting soloist and a very supportive team player with a driving, natural feel.

Born in Sydney, in 1968, Gordon started playing drums at age 13. Like many young musicians, his initial inspiration came from the raw rock of bands such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, however, he quickly developed an interest and passion for an extremely broad range of music styles in particular, Jazz .

After leaving school in 1986, he studied at the NSW Conservatorium of Music under Don Burrows. During that time he began playing in Mike Nock's band and later joined The Don Burrows Quartet gaining amazing international touring and performing experience. Between his travel commitments, he quickly became one of Sydney's busiest freelance musicians playing in everything from small clubs to studios and concert halls.

Since then, Gordon has worked with an extraordinarily diverse range of people, including the cream of Australia's Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Country artists and many international acts. These include, James Morrison, Bob James, Tom Jones, Bob Florence, The Commodores, Bob Geldof, Barry Harris, Nat Adderley, Lalo Schifrin, Marcia Hines, Maria Schnieder, Lee Konitz, Glenn Shorrock (from Little River Band), Tina Arena, Green Dollar Colour, The Sydney All Star Big Band, Roger Frampton, Bobby Shew, Anthony Warlow, Russell Watson, Rob McConnell, Don Rader, Dragon, Margaret Urlich, Dale Barlow, Eartha Kitt, John Foreman, Jimmy Barnes, Ross Wilson, James Reyne, Max Sharam, Kate Ceberano, Doug Parkinson, Guy Sebastian, Paulini, Shannon Noll, Angry Anderson, Go West, ABC, Tony Hadley (from Spandau Ballet), Wa Wa Nee, 1927, Tommy Emmanuel, Renee Geyer, Kevin Hunt, George Golla, Rhonda Burchmore, and many more (See the ARTISTS page).

He was the resident drummer on both series of TV's recent and highly successful Australian Idol, as well as playing five nights a week on the national tonight show, Tonight Live with Steve Vizard in the early 1990s.

From the mid 1990s until its unfortunate demise he co-led the extremely popular original instrumental fusion band GLUE.

Gordon spends a lot of time freelancing in various recording studios and can be heard on many movie soundtracks, albums, and television themes. He recently recorded Anthony Callea's "The Prayer", which is the highest-ever selling single in Australia by a local artist.

He is a regular contributor to Drumscene magazine, in which he was also the subject of a cover story. He was voted "Pop and Rock Drummer of the Year" in the 1995 Skin Full readers' poll, another magazine in which he was featured.

From 1996 through 2002 Gordon taught drums in the Jazz Degree course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has conducted many educational clinics, workshops and master classes throughout the world for Sabian Cymbals and Yamaha Drums.



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