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Artist biography Maxime Lenssens
Maxime Lenssens (Gent, Belgium, 1976) Started playing the drums at the age of 15 (after briefly experimenting on saxophone, bass and piano).Studied some classical percussion and music theory at high school for arts in Ghent.
Lenssens came in contact with jazz while participating twice to a summer workshop organized by Jazz Studio (Antwerp).
At the age of 20 he went to New York to take private lessons with Billy Hart (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock) and Gene Lake (Steve Coleman, MeShell, Marcus Miller). He also got a few lessons from Stéphane Galland (Aka Moon).
Even though Maxime has had a few private lessons, you could say that he's a self-taught drummer.
Since 1999 Maxime has played in Dalton Drum Syndicate: four drummers on one stage, featuring Renaud van Hooland, Didier Fontaine and Marc van Eyk along Maxime himself.
In may 2004, he was mentioned in the modern drummer magazine as
"drummer on the move". Check Maxime's personal web site for his impressive career!
Anno 2005 Maxime Lenssens is playing with Chris Whitley, Gordon Haskell, Tom
Robinson and many others. Since 1998 he joined the 4-drummer band The Dalton
Drum Syndicate appearing at Rhythm Sticks festival London and CB Drumfest
** Current Projects **
* home studio: composing & producing for Tanya Saw, Stéphane Mercier, Steven Segers, ...
Composed music for 'Bboys, Fly girls' a documentary for France2 television
Dalton Drum Syndicate (4 drummer-band since '98): rhythm
Tony O'Malley (UK) : Recording, concerts: Soul, R'B
Stéphane Mercier group (F/B): co-producing new album, concerts : Modern Jazz
Miary Lepiera (Madagascar) Worldfusion Music
** Previous Projects **
--Zap Mama (Belgo-African) African tour, Oct '98)
-Played in a lot of African bands from Tunisia, Algeria, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Congo, Burkina Faso, working with Béh Palm from Farafina, Feso from Fela Kuti, Dizzy Mandjecu from Oké-Jazz, Pape & Bor N'Diaye Rose (sons of Doudou N'diaye Rose)
- Axelle Red: 2000 tour: Live concerts (Belgian Soul Diva)
- Krewcial : hip hop from Ghent 1998
- Moiano: album recording, festivals1999-2001 (Soul - Hiphop)
- Pieter-Jan De Smet : live concerts 1999-2000 (singer-songwriter/rock)
- Anton walgraeve: Holland tour 2001 (singer-songwriter)
- Doncroissant: album & live gigs 2000 (Blues)
- Alice's 5 Moons (Nicholas Thys): live concerts 1999-2000 (R&B)
Marco Locurcio Band (I):concerts+album (2002-2004) Modern Jazz
E-space: Duo with Erwin Vann on Sax & efx (free impro) 2002
Mattis: Modern poly rhythmic jazz 2003
Dominic Ntoumos band (UK-B) 2002
Greetings from Mercury (HipHop Jazz) 2003
Jazz Gigs with
, Robert Mitchell (UK) , Jeroen Van Herzeele, Stéphane Galland, Sal La Rocca, Nicolas Thys, Peter Hertmans, Erik vermeulen,Yvan Paduart, Laurent Blondiau,Thomas Gromaire, Vincent Bourgeyx, Jozef Dumoulin, Erwin Vann, Garret List, Fabian Fuorini, Médéric Collignon,...
Classical / Contemporary
'DIE DONNERGÖTTER' by and with Rhys Chatham (USA) (2002)
'Coming Together/Attica by and with F. Rzewski, K.Defoort, Garret List (2004)
Maxime shared the stage with:
Tino Gonzalez (USA), guitarist for earth, wind & fire
Adam Phillips (UK), guitarist for Angie Stone, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, ..
Takuya Nakamura (JAP), keyboads, trumpet for Arto Lindsey, Ravi Coltrane
Charles 'skipp' Pitts and Jimmy Kinard (USA), guitarist and bassist for Isaac Hayes
Neil Hubbard (UK), Guitarist for BB King, Bob Dylan, Kokomo