Mathias Kunzli : Drums & PercussionHailing from Switzerland, multi-disciplined drummer/percussionist Mathias Kunzli currently splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City. He can be found around the globe performing in a variety of styles, with artists and bands of many genres.
Mathias is has been Regina Spektor’s touring drummer since April 2012. His first shows with her were during an arena tour, opening for the late Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Music has guided Kunzli’s career trajectory for over two decades. Born in Switzerland in 1975, Mathias started to play drums at age thirteen and soon he got involved with several local rock, pop and folk groups and became the drummer for the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra, a national group that toured Switzerland and Italy, for five consecutive years.
In 1995, Kunzli received two scholarships from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and moved to the United States. After graduating in he relocated to New York City.
Mathias is grateful for having had the privilege of studying with a great and diverse roster of teachers including Jamey Haddad, Zohar Fresco, Joe Hunt, Ian Froman, Giovanni Hidalgo, Adam Nussbaum, Danny Gottlieb, Tommy Campbell, Hal Crook, Greg Hopkins, Marco Kaeppeli and Fritz Renold.
Kunzli’s desire and ability to adapt to a wide range of musical styles have enabled him to tour internationally. He has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, arenas, and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Outside Lands Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and many more.
National TV appearances in the US include:
Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Late Show with Stephan Colbert and Good Morning America.
In 2014 Mathias released his first album. “Playground" is a live recording of an all-improvised solo-show in NYC.
Mathias has had the chance to perform/record with Regina Spektor, Moby, Lauryn Hill, Yo-Yo Ma Silk Road Project, Vieux Farka Toure, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, The Paul Winter Consort, Alessandra Belloni, Hal Crook, Jamey Haddad, Savina Yannatou, Lenny Hochmann, Yanka Roupkina, Gina Gershon, Keyhan Kalhor, Mark Gould, Mary Wilson, Steve Gorn, Howard Johnson, Brooklyn Rider, Theodosii Spassov, Bakithi Kumalo, Tony Cedras, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Matt Dariau, Frank London, Dominick Farinacci, Andy Allo.
He has collaborated and shared the stage with Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Oscar Castro-Neves, Gary Brown, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Bobby Watson, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Mark Soskin, Herb Pomeroy, Bill Pierce, Cecil Bridgewater, John Lockwood, Oscar Stagnaro, Dave Samuels, Mike Richmond, Donny McCaslin, Eugene Friesen, Gary Burton, Makoto Ozone.
Some current projects include Ljova and the Kontraband, Jihae, Pharaoh's Daughter, Rashanim, Blivet, Duke Bojadziev, Sarah Alden etc.