Kendrick Scott, Drums Department

Fara Music Summer School, July 22/28, Drums Department: Colin Stranahan

Drummer Colin Stranahan was something of a prodigy, gigging around his home town of Denver, Colorado, aged 11 years and releasing his first album, Dreams Untold (Capri Records, 2004) at the age of 17.

The sound quality of Colin’s Band is terrific: crystal clear and beautifully balanced, with every nuance of the performances readily identifiable. While Stranahan’s crisp and precise playing benefits particularly from this high production standard, it serves to highlight the tremendous technical abilities of all three musicians.

He has released three records as a leader, all on Capri Records: “Dreams Untold”, “Transformation” and “Life Condition.”  In his earlier years Colin earned many awards including the Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award. Colin spent a year at the Brubeck Institute in Stockton, California, then studied in New York, where he attended the New School University where he studied with Ari Hoenig and Nasheet Waits. He finished his studies at the prestigious Monk Institute in New Orleans, where Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter were his main educators. In 2009 Stranahan toured to India with Herbie Hancock as a part of the 50th year anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit to India. Most recently, Stranahan has been touring worldwide as a part of Kurt Rosenwinkel’s trio.

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