Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman, Pat Martino, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheney, and Mike Stern.
Johann Hjorleifsson is one of the most sought after drummers in Iceland for all kinds of music and has been since in his late teens. Johann keeps up a busy schedule playing with his band Sálin hans Jóns míns, who has been the number one pop band in Iceland for the last 20 odd years. He has been with Sálin hans Jóns míns from 1998. Since then they have recorded nine albums who have reached gold and platinum sales.
Some people navigate the world quietly, treading softly wherever they go, leaving an impression that lasts nonetheless. Richard Spaven is such a person, his humble attitude and down-to-earth, warm personality actually draws people to him and when you hear what he has to say musically on the drum set, you know you should be paying close attention. In this current world of cut-throat business, hire and fire mentality and quick-fix it is refreshing to listen to a player that can deliver without adding any further brouhaha to the mix, a player that has his own unique take on how to make things swing, groove and excite, not only the artist that he is working for, but the audience too. With all these qualities, you know you are in the company of a great musician.
BASTIAN THUSGAARD, Session musician, educator and drummer of Swedish visionary metallers SOILWORK.
Troy Miller, a multitalented drummer, music director and composer began playing drums in a family band and at church. As a teenager he reached the finals of the BBC 'Young Musician of the Year' competition. After graduating from the Guildhall School Of Music, Troy started playing with Jean Toussaint and soon after with Soweto Kinch. Having played opposite American Vibes Legend Roy Ayers several times, Roy asked Troy to go on tour with him and has been playing with him for the last 5 years both Europe and the US. This lead on to a number of other collaborations including tours with Don Blackman, Jocelyn Brown, Amp Fiddler and Michael Urbaniak the latter of whom is associated with Miles Davis.