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Claus Hessler
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Claus’ individual style  is a mixture of stunning technical skills, ostinato-work, a wide variety of musical styles and open-handed playing – bridging the gap between “just drums” and real-world musical applications.

His educational packages OPEN-HANDED PLAYING VOL. I + II (released with Wizdom Media/Alfred Publishing; co-authored by Dom Famularo and with prefaces by Billy Cobham, Simon Philipps, Will Kennedy and Kenny Aronoff) gained worldwide recognition including a FOUR-STAR review in the “Modern Drummer” and have been nominated “Best Educational Book 2013”.

His book DAILY DRUMSET WORKOUT went to 3rd printing in less than a year from its original release – again being nominated “Best Educational Book” in the UK and with Modern Drummer Magazine. His double DVD DRUMMING KAIROS is one of the most comprehensive packages in drumset education, focussing on MOELLER TECHNIQUE.

 His most recent publication CAMP DUTY UPDATE with credits from Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, John Wooton, Vic Firth or David Garibaldi covers the rich historic side of our drumming heritage in previously unknown dimensions. In 2016 Claus was also nominated “Best Educator | Clinician” with MODERN DRUMMER.

In Germany, Claus maintains a busy teaching schedule including the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt; he is also the first European drumset player to be honored with a DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR degree at KEIMYUNG UNIVERSITY in Daegu, South Korea and being announced DISTINGUISHED EXPERT at China’s oldest University SHANGHAI CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. He is constantly contributing to the biggest European drum magazine. 

Check out the videos opposite to see Claus in action.

Claus Hessler

Besides being seen as “legitimate MOELLER TECHNIQUE successor” of Jim Chapin, Claus is mostly known for his unique OPEN-HANDED approach to drumset playing and has performed at numerous DRUM EVENTS across “planet drum”, sharing stage with players like Steve Smith, Alex Acuna, Walfredo Reyes Jr., JoJo Mayer, Johnny Rabb or percussion fame Luis Conte Claus has been performing in a variety of musical styles with bands/artists like the Grammy Award winning New York Voices, Barbara Dennerlein, Mike Stern, African Balafon great Mamadou Diabate, Sting’s Rhani Krija and Dominic Miller, Herb Ellis or Larry Coryell to his credit. Most recent musical activities include his work with FLUX: Run – Seven To Heaven 

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