Gordon Rytmeister, Drums

Gordon Rytmeister, Drums

One of Australia’s most highly sought after drummers with an extraordinary ability to cross every conceivable stylistic boundary, gordon 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, 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. He studied at the NSW Conservatorium of Music during which 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 established himself as one of Sydney’s busiest freelance musicians performing everywhere from small clubs to studios and concert halls.

Since then, Gordon has worked with the cream of Australia’s Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Country artists and many international acts including, Lalo Schifrin, James Morrison, Bob Mintzer, Leo Sayer, Bob James, Tom Jones, Bob Florence, The Commodores, Bob Geldof, Barry Harris, Nat Adderley, Maria Schnieder, Lee Konitz, Suzie Quatro, Lionel Richie, Glenn Shorrock (from Little River Band), Tina Arena, The Sydney All Star Big Band, Roger Frampton, Bobby Shew, Anthony Warlow, Russell Watson, Rob McConnell, Don Rader, Dale Barlow, Eartha Kitt, Jimmy Barnes and many more.

Gordon spends a lot of time freelancing in various recording studios and can be heard on many movie soundtracks, albums, and television themes. he played five nights a week nationally on Tonight Live with Steve Vizard in the early 1990’s, and was the resident drummer for Australian Idol. He also recorded Anthony Callea’s ‘The Prayer’, which is the highest-ever selling single in Australia by a local artist.

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