Chris Vatalaro

Chris Vatalaro is originally from upstate New York.  He now lives in London, UK.  Chris plays drums…as well as other things, like instruments with notes on.  Chris auditioned for Antibalas in 2003: after practicing afrobeat for months he answered an advert on craigslist.  He is interested in orthodox approaches as well as experiments.  Chris has been studying music since nursery school and has had lots of formal training.

At the moment he is on tour with Imogen Heap.  He’s played with some folks apart from Antibalas- The partial list is…. Richard Fairhurst (Babel UK), Elysian Fields (Naive), Adem, Basquiat Strings, Matana Roberts (CCI). Sam Amidon, Project Jenny/Project Jan, Clara Sanabras, Red Heart the Ticker, Tom Arthurs (bbc new generation artist), Rebecca Collins, Julia Biel, Michael Cain trio with Lonnie Plaxico, John Dieterich, Devin Hoff, Ralph Alessi, Cenk Ergun, Stuart Bogie’s Superhuman Happiness, Colin Stetson,  Oren Bloedow, Stewart Copeland, Camille, Beyondo, Foals, Teo Macero, Shane Endsley, Joan Labarbera and ne(x)tworks, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, etc..

Recordings on Anti/Epitaph, Muzak/Enja, Naxos and Nonesuch releases…

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