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Kristen is an LA-based drummer, percussionist, writer and educator. She has toured extensively and the recorded the last few years with BØRNS, and has also worked with LPX, Trixie Mattell, Mike Taylor, Wilder Woods, Tigertown, morgxn, We Are King, and others. In addition to developing the Groove Theory curriculum at Icon Collective, she has taught African Drumming at AMDA-LA, is a certified drum circle facilitator, and maintains an extensive private student roster. She is a contributing writer for Modern Drummer and Tom Tom Magazine, was featured in Modern Drummer in 2017 and was nominated in the 2018 Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll. She is graduating this spring with an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in World Percussion. Notable venues/performances include Walt Disney Concert Hall, Greek Theater LA, Hollywood Bowl, Radio City Music Hall, Ryman Auditorium, Amoeba Records, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, PASIC, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, CONAN, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
Sound character: Dark, dry, woody. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Full, warm, open sound. Loose, soggy chick sound. Perfectly suited for traditional swing patterns, but also well usable for other acoustic styles like Blues, Country, Soul or Gospel.
Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
Sound character: Dark body, full frequency spectrum, brilliant highs. Very wide range, complex, pleasing musical mix. Immediate, sensitive response, strong attack, controllable spread, even, layered fade. This crash combines silky, soft qualities with energy and projection for an incredibly versatile application range. Also extremely well suited as suspended cymbals and for mallet rolls.
Sizes: 20", 22"
Sound character: Dark, trashy, papery, low. Wide range, complex and moody mix. Soft and buttery feel with a very wobbly and vibrant response. Fairly defined stick sound over a dark and cloudy wash. Perfectly suited for quieter musical settings such as blues, jazz and acoustic styles. Very user-friendly for percussive use and classical mallet application.