Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and raised in Denver, Teo Vanovski is freelance drummer, band leader, and producer based in New York City.
When he isn't performing original music with his own trio or quartet, Teo can be seen performing regularly with various bands and artists, whose genres span across jazz, funk, indie, singer song-writer, and folk.
Some of his biggest influences are studio drummers like Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, Bernard Purdie, Ash Soan, and Matt Chamberlain.
Teo has a bachelor's degree for drum set performance at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He is also currently working an internship at a music production studio, Analogue Muse.
Some of the teachers he has privately studied with include Amir Ziv (Droid, System Dialing Records), Curtis Macdonald, Al Hood (Phil Collins Big Band), Mike Marlier (Lamont School of Music), Hal Galper, Jane Ira Bloom, David F. Gibson, and Shawn Pelton of the SNL band. Seeking to expand on both drum performance and audio engineering, Teo has studied closely with Pelton and Macdonald to develop mic placement techniques, using a studio console, and mixing.
"Teo is a great drummer with a beautiful feel and a wide stylistic range on the drums; more importantly a great musician who sees the big picture and always makes the best musical choices"
-Shawn Pelton, drummer for Saturday Night Live
Free 15min trial lesson.
My teaching style is very hands-on: it's about playing music, not just exercises. I prefer to take whatever exercises the student is working on and turn them into musical ideas through things like form, dynamic variations, and tempos.
I am also a firm believer in listening to as much music as possible, so for every topic I will have multiple artists to reccommend.
Students can expect me to send them many mp3's of exercises, and pdf's from books