Roël Calister
* June 08, 1979
Curaao, The Netherlands
Rol Calister was born in 1979 on the island of Curaao, Dutch Antilles. At a very young age it was already obvious that percussions had a special place in his life. When he didnt have a real instrument he would do the expected: hed make one, or use any object he could find; something very common in Antillean tradition.

At the age of 18 he left home for the Netherlands, to study Finance and Accounting. After obtaining his Bachelors degree in 2001 he initiated his formal percussion studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory where he studied with Hans van Oosterhout, Lucas van Merwijk and Martin Verdonk amongst others. His main influences for percussions and drums are Marcos Suzano, Cyro Baptista, Airto Moreira, Antonio Sanchez, Brian Blade and especially Pernell Saturnino. With this last percussionist, also from Curaao, he played in the band of Jazz-vocalist and sister Izaline Calister for five years.

Rol is especially known for his ability to tastefully mix styles like pop, rock, fusion and jazz with folklore elements and world music. Apart from the conventional drums and congas, he also uses instruments such as cajon, udu, pandeiro. These and other instruments from the diverse assortment of astonishing African and Caribbean collection play a prominent role in Rols project Ataw.

Aside from Atawo, a steady gig with Electro Cco and singer Izaline Calister and various free-lance activities, he is also a talented facilitator and percussion-motivator. He has worked with various organizations and multinational companies such as Shell, ABN AMRO and NIKE for which he organized teambuilding activities and percussion workshops all over the world.
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