CHAD SYLVA

DRUMS/ PERCUSSION

Native of San Jose, California, Chad has been influenced by wide cross section of artists that ranges from pop acts such as The Police, Seal, Peter Gabriel and Level 42 to the progressive styling of Rush, Porcupine Tree, Yes and Frank Zappa.   Other noteworthy artists such as Jeff Buckley, Lorenna McKennit, John Coltrane and Stravinsky have heavily influenced his approach to drumming.  He is also inspired by many individual drummers, including Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Peart, Steve Gadd, Stewart Copeland and Gavin Harrison...

 

While drum set is his primary voice, he also studied classical tympani in school.  He also plays various percussion instruments including Congas, Doumbek, Timbales, Djembe and Cajon. He has also been a set player, percussionist, and has done work in the pits of orchestras/ theaters.  Chad has also used hybrid kits of percussion and drums for acoustic settings to create contextual soundscapes in music.  Chad also is no stranger to electronics in drums or percussion. Loops, triggers, click tracks and samples are mainstays in his arsenal...

 

He has played many styles including primarily rock, pop, county  and progressive, and also acoustic, jazz and funk.  He has toured countries such as Australia, India and China, and played across the US in various regional tours. Not only has music taken him to other countries, but music has also allowed him to live in various musical cities such as Nashville, San Francisco and currently Las Vegas and Forgotten Door... 

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