New York City Drum Teachers
Residing in Brooklyn, NY, Colin is an active member of the creative music community. As a drummer/composer, Colin brings a unique approach to his music combining elements of jazz, free improvisation, and 20th century classical music. His music draws heavily from Bartók, Ligeti, Feldman, and Grisey, as well as Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, and Muhal Richard Abrams.
Colin initially began piano lessons at age 4. At age 8, he received a drumset. After 10 year of intense classical piano study, Colin decided to pursue percussion as his main instrument. Outside of performing, he is an active educator in the NYC area. He has privately taught students of all ages and experience levels, as well as group classes at music schools and colleges. He offers lessons on both drums and piano.
Colin has studied drums with Ed Soph, Dan Weiss, Ari Hoenig, Ralph Peterson and Tyshawn Sorey. He has studied composition with Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey, and Eric Wubbels. Colin attended the University of North Texas and City College of New York. He holds a BFA in Jazz Performance and an MA in Music Performance with a focus in 20th century theory and composition.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and raised in Denver, Teo Vanovski is freelance drummer, band leader, and educator based in New York City. His credits include performances/recordings with Rick Depofi (Shawn Colvin, Rosanne Cash), Drake Bell, Mike Makawski (Amy Winehouse, John Legend, Usher), LOTTE, Tom Gardner (Elle King, Bon Jovi, Nick Jonas), ASCAP, Birds in the Boneyard with whom he performed at Warped Tour 2017, Billy Sideman, Dear Comrade, Lola's Ghost, Luca di Fabio, and Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak.
When he isn't performing original music with his own quartet KOi4, Teo can be seen performing regularly with various bands, artists, and producers, whose genres span across jazz, funk, indie, singer song-writer, and folk. His teaching experience covers a wide age span from 10 year old beginners to 60 year old professionals.
Some of his biggest influences are studio drummers like Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, Bernard Purdie, Ash Soan, and Matt Chamberlain. Teo has a bachelor's degree in drum set performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Some of the teachers he has privately studied with include Amir Ziv (Droid, System Dialing Records), Curtis Macdonald, Al Hood (Phil Collins Big Band), Mike Marlier (Lamont School of Music), Hal Galper, Jane Ira Bloom, David F. Gibson, and Shawn Pelton of the SNL band. Out of all these teachers Teo has picked up a diverse appreciation for all kinds of genres of music and does his best to always center lessons around songs and short musical phrases.
"Teo is a great drummer with a beautiful feel and a wide stylistic range on the drums; more importantly a great musician who sees the big picture and always makes the best musical choices"
-Shawn Pelton, drummer for Saturday Night Live-