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Gabor Dornyei Podcast

Gabor Dornyei



Gabor Dornyei is one of the most in demand and successful solo artists, session drummers, and drum clinicians/educators of his generation who emerged out of Europe in recent years.

Gabor’s diverse talent led him to perform all around the globe, including USA, Asia, Africa, all over Europe & UK, Scandinavia, Russia and countless other places.

This outstanding drummer performed at the London Jazz Festival, Sziget Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Love Supreme, London Latin Jazz Festival amongst hundreds of others and participated in the London production of MJ Thriller Live World Tour for three consecutive years. The UK resident drummer and band leader has been listed and shared the stage with some of the world’s leading drummers, such as Billy Cobham and Gavin Harrison at Dresdner Drum Festival; Steve Smith and Ian Paice at Adams Drum Show in the Netherlands; Steve Gadd, Marvin Smitty Smith and Terry Bozzio at Opole Drum Fest in Poland; Peter Erskine, Gregg Bisonette and Thomas Pridgen at London Drum Show; Chris Coleman in Moscow; Jojo Mayer in Hungary and at many other major international drum shows.

As solo recording artist Gabor released three critically acclaimed DVD-s: ‘Drums, Music and Friends’, ‘Thunder Duo (feat Kornel Horvath) with Dom Famularo’ (digitally available from Hudson Music NYC) and ‘Rhythm Frontier’ featuring world percussionist Pete Lockett. Gabor has also released two CDs under his own name. As session player he’s contributed to over 100 albums, including gold and platinum selling pop-rock albums and several cartoon and movie soundtracks for Walt Disney amongst other UK/EU sessions.

One of Gabor’s real passions is drum education, and he’s achieved a “Master’s Level 7 PG Cert qualification at the University of East London (UEL) and he’s been awarded with FHEA (Fellow of Higher Education Academy in the UK).

He’s Head Of Drums at DIME-ONLINE (Detroit Institute of Music Education-Online UK/USA), drum faculty at ICMP-London (The Institute of contemporary Music Performance) and Visiting Professor at the SWISS DRUM Academy (SDA). He also educates private students at his GABBEY ROAD Studio, London via Skype (including students from around the globe) or in person in North West London, UK.

His drum clinics and masterclasses are also hugely in demand; he’s held packed events at the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA), University of Southern California(USC), ICMP, BIMM, TECH, ACM, Drumsense etc. in the UK, Berlin Drumtrainer, Hamburg School of Music, Frankfurt Music Academy and Salzgitter Drummer Meeting in Germany, Swiss Drum Academy, Croatia Drum Camp, Slagwerkkrant Drum Fest Netherlands, etc. amongst hundreds of others.
His two most recent solo videos are ‘Moving Around The Kit’ for DRUMCHANNEL in Los Angeles, California, USA (with Don Lombardi) and ‘Percussive Drumming and Independence’ on DRUMEO in Vancouver, Canada has brought him worldwide success, but even before that the global drumming media constantly featured him over the last decade as well. He’s been interviewed in Modern Drummer Magazine, Rhythm, Drummer, Drums & Percussion, Batterie, Drum Club, Stick Magazine, Top Drummer, Perkusysta, Slagwerkkrant and lots more.
In 2016 Gabor started performing several international jazz festival Headliner performances with American guitarist-multi instrumentalist Stanley Jordan.

At the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California in 2016 Tycoon Percussion (Thailand/USA) has released the ‘Gabor Dornyei Signature Drum Pack’ including drum set add on percussion instruments with great global success. Also since 2016, the VIC FIRTH Gabor Dornyei Signature Sticks are in production and available from Gabor’s website.
In 2017 Gabor’s filmed session at DRUMEO has been listed in their Top 10 most successful together with artists such as Peter Erskine, Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham amongst others.


PEARL www.pearldrum.com
Pure in Matte Natural with Chrome Hardware

22″ x 18″ bass drum,
18″ x 16″ bass drum,
10” x 7″, 12” x 8″, 13” x 9″ rack toms,
14” x 12”, 16” x 14″ floor toms,
14” x 6.5″ Phosphor Bronze snare (main),
12” x 6” maple shell snare (side),
Pearl B-1030 hardware,
Pearl Eliminator RedLine Pedals (single pedal, 2 x double pedal, hi-hat and cable hi-hat).

ZILDJIAN www.zildjian.com

12″ Oriental China Trash
6″ A Splash
14″ A Custom EFX
8″ K Splash
21″ K Sweet Ride
13″ K/Z Hi-Hats
18″ K Sweet Crash
10″ K Custom Special Dry Splash
21″ K Custom Special Dry Ride
13″ A Mastersound Hi-Hats
16″ K Custom Special Dry Crash
18″ K Custom Special Dry China

TYCOON PERCUSSION www.tycoonpercussion.com

Gabor Dornyei Signature Drum Pack:
6” & 8″ Mini Timbales,
Low and Hi Lip Blocks,
5.5″ Hand Hammered Cowbell on Tycoon Pedal Percussion Mount,
Low Pitched Mambo Bell (on bass drum hoop),
Mountable Tambourine with brass jingles.

REMO www.remo.com

Coated Ambassador on snares
Clear Ambassador on toms
Clear Powerstroke 3 on bass drums

VIC FIRTH www.vicfirth.com

Gabor Dornyei Signature Sticks,
Jazz Rakes, Heritage Brushes,
T1 Timpani Malletts,
Isolation Headphones.

AUDIX MICROPHONES www.audixusa.com

D6 for bass drums,
D2 for rack toms,
D4 for floor toms,
I5 for snares and mini timbales,
ADX51 for overheads and hi-hats.

ROLAND www.roland.com

TD30-KV Electronics

HARDCASE DRUM CASES www.hardcase.com

SKYGEL DAMPER PADS – Onyx Black pads www.skygel.de