Mark Walker

Berklee College of Music

Mark Walker

About

Paiste Artist Since
September 2002

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliations
Berklee College of Music
Freelance

Other Affiliations
Paquito D’Rivera
Oregon

Setup

Mark Walker

Cymbals listed from left to right

14" Signature Traditionals Medium Light Hi-Hat
5" 2002 Cup Chime
6" 2002 Cup Chime
7" 2002 Cup Chime
16" Signature Traditionals Thin Crash
20" Signature Traditionals Light Flatride
20" Signature Traditionals Medium Light Swish (discontinued)
20" Signature Traditionals Light Ride

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Biography

Mark Walker, a multiple Grammy winning drummer, composer and educator, began his career in Chicago in the late 1980’s. He became a first-call jingle session player and began touring regularly with the Lyle Mays Quartet and Paquito D’Rivera’s Havana/New York Ensemble in the early 1990’s. He moved to New York in 1995 and immediately started touring with the Caribbean Jazz Project (featuring D’Rivera, Dave Samuels and Andy Narell). He soon got the gig with Michel Camilo, playing in his trio and recording projects produced by Camilo. He also began his long stint with seminal world-fusion group Oregon, featuring Ralph Towner. During this time, he also worked extensively with Eliane Elias, Linda Eder, the WDR Big Band, the NDR Big Band and Cesar Camargo Mariano, as well as local gigs with the best musicians in New York. In 2001, he was appointed professor at Berklee, where he authored his instructional book, World Jazz Drumming (Hal Leonard), developed curriculum, and taught labs, ensembles and private students. He also authored the Berklee online course Afro-Cuban Drums. A member of the association of Latin Faculty at Berklee, he regularly teaches workshops in Latin America for Berklee Latino. He maintains his own lesson website, www.markwalkerlessons.com. More recently, as a composer, he has had three of his compositions recorded by Oregon and one recorded by Paquito D’Rivera. One of the compositions recorded by Oregon, “Deep Six,” was nominated for a Grammy award in 2008 in the category of best instrumental composition. He has played on over 60 recordings, which have earned 6 Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, as well as 8 Grammy nominations. He also has recorded original tracks for music licensing sites, and has sold music worldwide. He also has composed music for film. He currently operates his own studio, Coolidge Hill, where he composes, teaches and records on tracks for various composers and arrangers. Mark Walker can be heard on new albums by Steve Khan, Lyle Mays, Paquito D’Rivera and Oregon.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    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.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 5", 5 1/2", 6", 6 1/2", 7", 7 1/2", 8", 5 pc Set, 7 pc Set
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Bright, warm, full, brilliant. Wide range, clean mix. Soft, extremely responsive. Explosive, shattering, glassy attack with modulating warm, full, long fade. Features an exotic, very dominant center tone with lively, flanging over- and undertones. Available individually or as sets on hardware mountable 5 and 7 arm holders. Well suited for upside down mounting over a ride bell.

  • Sounds