Chris Strik – Warming ups

Chris Strik

a80d58_d376b4cdc142e89f420b27a081721a8bChris was born in Breda in 1967. His father was a musician so he grew up with music around him all the time. Chris started to play the accordeon when he was 6 years old, but soon changed to drums. In his early teens he started to practice seriously and when he was twelve he alreay did his first studio-session.
In 1986 Chris was admitted to the Conservatory in Utrecht, from wich he graduated with the highest possible grade ( A or 10 ) in 1992/1993. He studied drums with David Weiss and Gerhard Jeltes. During his studies here, he had the chance to play with and learn from many great musicians like Miroslav Vitous and Georgie Fame.

For six years Chris was the main subsitute for Andre Ceccarelli in the band of Dee Dee Bridgewater, with whom he played / toured on all the main festivals/venues all over the world.(Blue note jazzclubs,Festivals/venues in Amerika, Canada, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Israel, Aruba, Martinique, Italy, France, Madagascar, Japan, and many more countries)

At the moment he tours a lot with the Amina Figarova 6 with whom he plays all over the world (Chicago jazz festival, Newport jazz festival, Blue Note Jazzclub NewYork,North Sea Jazzfestival/Capetown are some of the many venues we’ve already played) He also works as a freelance (studio) drummer all over the country.
Over the last years he toured with :

Metropole Orchestra, Jan Akkerman, Basement Jaxx, Hein van de Gein, Deborah Brown, Kenny Wheeler, Tineke Postma, Mark Murphy, Harvey Wainapple, Dmitri Matheny, Bill Solley & Kim Prevost, Rita Marcotulli, Hugh Hopper, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Antonie Kamerling, Jackie Rijan and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

He also plays with:

Pitch Pine Project, Rob Mostert hammond Group, Ernie Hammes Group
He has done concerts / recorded with: Gary Willis, Pino Palladino, Niels Henning Pederson, Bobby Mallach, Randy Brecker, Rick Margitza, Seamus Blake, Oleta Adams, Jack van Poll, Denise Jannah, David Sanchez, Harold Danko, Ferdinand Povel, Piet Noordijk,Paul van Kemenade, Rob van Bavel, Bert van den Brink, John Ruocco, Hans Dulfer, Marjorie Barnes, Deborah Carter, Belmondo brothers,Toon Roos, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Ack van Rooijen, Ben van Dungen, Jesse van Ruller, Michiel Borstlap, Rob van Kreefeld, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Karin Bloemen, John Ewbank, Tony Hadley, Jocelyn Brown, Leonardo Amuedo, Eef Albers, Lois Lane, New cool collective, Nippy Noya, and many, many others.

He also played at the prestigieus world drumfestival, and recorded many albums from pop to jazz.
At the moment Chris is teaching at de Nieuwe Veste in Breda.

Download his warming up exercise here