Timur Yusef
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Timur Yusef

Timur Y.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The drum set is primarily an ensemble instrument, and I believe it should be studied as such.

My approach focuses mainly on strong fundamentals of playing, particularly on solid time, feel, touch and sound: concepts that are essential for playing music with other people to create meaningful music.

I like to tailor a syllabus for each student in accordance with their own preferences. I want my students to be equally inspired by drumming material in the context of music they enjoy but also to point them towards fundamentals of the instrument that are the foundations for all styles.

About Timur Y.

Having graduated from Berklee College of Music, Timur arrived in NYC in 2008 with a set of drums, a pair of running shoes and a handful of books on meditation, he set about collaborating with as many people as possible.

Highlights include playing pop music with Grammy winners and nominees at Flux Studios, Mercury Lounge and The Living Room, jazz in Central Park at Tavern On The Green, avant-garde music at The Stone, with singer-songwriters at Rockwood Music Hall, prog rock at Webster Hall Studio, electro pop/rock at Poisson Rouge, multiple benefit shows at The Bitter End, playing live film scores at Nitehawk and BAM Cinemas, and even accompanying a game of chess at the Philadelphia Museum of Art whilst being treated with a view of one of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

Timur’s career so far has been wide ranging stylistically, but always anchored to the same core concepts for playing live, in the recording studio or even in the rehearsal room: get the best possible performance of the ideal part for the music with an emphasis on groove, sound and musical sensibility to realise the ultimate goal: the bandleader’s vision for the performance, the writer’s vision of the final track and the most harmoniously musical end result.

Music is a gift to us all, and it enhances the civic values that are to the mutual benefit to all of our lives. I believe we should play and learn in the spirit of collaboration and in keeping with the context of the both positive and collective experience of music. Afterall: “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


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May 2008 - Present

Timur Yusef

Originally from London, Timur graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2008, playing intensively in and out of school and around the East coast and also teaching privately when possible. He has spent over 12 years as a professional musician in New York City playing and recording with a huge variety of songwriters and bands. Some of whom include: Grammy winning engineer/producers George Massenburg, Fab Dupont. Juno winner Jayme Stone. James Mullen (Nine inch Nails, Interpol), Will Knox - award winning singer/songwriter, Kyle James Hauser (Rapid Grass, Ayo Awosika), Jenn Bostic - award winning singer/songwriter & UK no.1 holder, Edu/Andrew Horowitz (John Legend, Janelle Monae), Bo Bruce (The Voice UK finalist), Michael J Schumacher - award winning avant-garde pianist and composer, Changing Modes - award winning NYC band and Morricone Youth, live film score band based in NYC. Recorded at Flux Studios, The Cutting Room Studios, Avatar (now Powerstation), Legacy, Virtue & Vice, The Creamery, Seaside Lounge, Diapason Gallery, Swingfingers, Mix One. Played at: Poisson Rouge (upstairs and downstairs), Hammerstein Ballroom, Webster Hall Studio, Rockwood 1, 2 & 3, Mercury Lounge, Bitter End, BAM, The Stone, Tavern On The Green - Central Park, Neuehouse NYC, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Sweetwater Performance Theatre.


Professional Music
Sep 2004 - May 2008

Berklee College of Music

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