Yusuf Ahmed

last updated on 06/04/17

A multi-cultured, versatile, responsible and seasoned drummer with strong interpersonal and musical skills seeking to apply his passion and musical competencies to effectively deliver a high standard of professionalism within a dynamic and professional working environment. Expertise: • Jazz a… Read more

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Tracks

C.O.P - Naijazz - Makossa - Freedom Jazz Dance - Yoruba Jam
LET IT FLOW - Toms Mikals
with Adedeji Adetayo - COP (country of pain)
Before The Morning Light
Cyril Bernhard Trio - C'est L'heure De La Récré ft Giuseppe Dronozo
Salamura -DUA
Cyril Bernhard Trio - M2A3I - AEC IOU - ft Giuseppe Doronzo
Cyril Bernhard Trio - Course De Singes

Employment History

Extensive Experience as freelance musician in the Netherlands, performing with pop, rock and jazz artists and theatre productions.

Notable Performances:

• Salamura - The Grand Theatre, Groningen, Netherlands
• PCC Big Band ft Wycliffe Gordon– Swingin’ Groningen Festival
• Cyril Bernhard Trio – Turkey Tour 2013
• Dave Liebman RAM Big Band – Royal Academy of Music, London
• Adedeji Adetayo – UK Tour 2015
• Adedeji Adetayo – Netherlands Tour 2017
• Where is Home? – Theatre Play UK tour

Studio Work:

• Freddie Dickson - Debut Album “Panic Town” on Shakey Records, 2017

Affiliations

Collective School of Music, New York, United States

Atelier, Il Sole In Cantina Records, Groningen Netherlands

Prins Claus Conservatory, Groningen, Netherlands

Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom

Industry Qualifications

Professional experience recording and playing live with many pop, rock jazz and world musicians around Europe.

Diploma Music performance Collective School of music, New York, United States
BA Music Performance Jazz, Prins Claus Conservatory, NL
BA Music Performance Jazz, Royal Academy Of Music, London, UK

Education

2001 – 2009 The Harrodian School; London SW13, United Kingdom

• 3 ‘A’ levels – Mathematics, Economics and Classical Civilisation

• 10 GCSEs



August 2007 Berklee College of Music; Perugia, Italy

• Intensive music course (for drums) focused on reading skills, music theory, technique and group playing



2010-2011 Collective School of Music; New York, United States



• One year diploma in Contemporary Jazz studies (drums) with Ian Froman and Peter Retzlaff

• Awarded Most Improved Student award



2010-2015 Prins Claus Conservatorium; Groningen, The Netherlands

Bachelors Degree Program for Music (Jazz, drums)



2015-2016 Royal Academy of Music; London, United Kingdom

Erasmus granted during final year of Bachelor Program

Technical Equipment

Drums: Vintage Ludwig Clubdate (60s) + Clubdate snare

20", 12", 14"

Zildjian K. Constantinople cymbals

Istanbul cymbals

Craig Laurtisan cymbals



Ableton Live

Car available

Other Skills / Additional Information

Additional Info

Languages



• Fluent in English, Italian and Spanish. Proficient in Portuguese. 



Hobbies



• Music, current affairs, literature, world cinema, art, photography, cycling



Travels

• Travelled extensively throughout Europe, Pakistan, Malaysia, South Africa, Middle East and the United States