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Claus Hessler...
Claus Hessler is currently one of the most in demand drum coaches and clinicians; in addition to his teaching and playing activities he is also contributing articles and columns to the German drum magazine “drums & percussion”, Australia's “Drumscene” and from Fall 2010 also for “Modern Drummer”. His first and long awaited educational book “Open Handed Playing Vol. I” (co-written with Dom Famularo and including a foreword by Billy Cobham) has been released worldwide with Alfred Publishing and earned international recognition including a 4-star review in the “Modern Drummer”. Beginning of 2010 will see another release in Germany with “Daily Drumset Workout” while Volume II of “Open Handes Playing Vol. II” is likely to be released spring 2011. Other future book projects include taking care of Jim Chapin's idea about collapsed rudiments and a rudimental playalong project with alternate versions of traditional fife and drum tunes.

Besides the wide stylistic range of his playing Claus’ unique and individual style of drumming comes as a mixture of stunning technical skills, open handed playing and ostinato work that never gets into being “just drums”. His teaching activities include the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt as well as maintaining a busy schedule of clinics and private teaching.

As the first German respectively European drumset artist he was also invited to the „Drummer's Collective“ (New York) and the University of Performing Arts / Ju Percussion Foundation in Taipei (Taiwan). His workshops and clinics are known for a unique mixture of education and displaying his unique musical and drumistic skills likewise. Claus endorses SABIAN cymbals, VIC FIRTH sticks, MAPEX drums and EVANS drumheads.

I hardly know anyone who is closer to the real Moeller than Claus Hessler ...”.
-Jim Chapin, 2006

In fact the heritage of this omnipresent technique; named after Chapin’s mentor, could hardly be in better hands, especially if the legend himself - who passed away in 2009 - puts out a quote like this. It seems there is quite a number of people who see Claus already as the legitimate successor of his technical mentor Chapin. Jim's son Tom after the performance with his brothers and Claus at the “Tribute to Jim Chapin” in New York: “My father always spoke so highly of Claus, his dedication and technique. He thought Claus was great!”




















Jim Chapin about Claus Hessler:

“To anyone who is interested in knowing the pure Moeller Method I would recommend to go and check out Claus Hessler in Germany. He already was a great music player when I met him 13 years ago; over the years of studying and watching he picked up the complete range of technical details of the Moeller Technique. Now he has become what I call a "drum athlete". His flawless and fluid motions, the way he applies this technique for ostinatos over various toms and cymbals along with independent patterns of his feet is really unique, very "drumistic" and yet musical. And I'm sure there is still a lot more that we have to be prepared for ... I hardly know anyone who is closer to the "real Moeller" than Claus - and above all he's one of the nicest persons you can imagine.”

Jim Chapin






performed with:

Mike Stern
Randy Brecker
Bob Mintzer
The New York Voices
Peter Linhart
Barbara Dennerlein
Peter Wölpl
Rhani Krija
Albert Mangelsdorff
Michael Sagmeister
Don Braden
Herb Ellis
Larry Coryell
Ack von Rooyen
Christoph Spendel
Klaus Doldinger

....and many more
































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Dom Famularo - Jim Chapin - Claus Hessler



Claus Hessler - Virgil Donati - Dom Famularo



Bobby McFerrin - Claus Hessler



Steve Gadd - Claus Hessler



Jerome Marcus (Sabian) - Claus Hessler - Christian Koch (Sabian)



Claus Hessler - Bernhard (Drummerworld)
Musikmesse Frankfurt 2007



Barbara Dennerlein - Claus Hessler






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