Introduction: Hello friends!
Please check out my drum lessons on youtube to get an idea of me and my studio and also my students' performance videos. I can say I use the easiest and most fun ways to help you play immediately. My background is versatile so I can cover most of music genres on the drum set and levels from beginner to college preparation and professional players.
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Credits: Disney, Marty Friedman(Megadeth), Daniel Powter, nicotheowl, Warner Bros, aika (J-Pop Top 10), Ayaka Hirahara, Chris Christodoulou, Shahkar Bineshpajooh etc.
Masters Degree - Jazz Performance
BA - Jazz Studies
Harmony of Music Diploma
Thanasi is an experienced drum instructor servicing the Los Angeles, CA area. His passion for teaching comes from his personal joy of playing, inspiring, and developing new generations of talents. Thanasi is a patient and fun teacher who can balance the excitement of playing an instrument with the discipline of learning. During the drum lessons, Thanasi focuses on musicality, musicianship, improvisation, creativity, groove, time, technique and style development. Once the necessary musical level is accomplished, Thanasi customizes a lesson plan to help you achieve your goals and success. His teaching technique is designed around actual performance, in which you will learn to develop a fun and creative practice routine.
Thanasi has been collaborating with award-winning producer Nicolas Farmakalidis of NeilaProductions Studios for various recording projects with aika (J-pop top 10), Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Ayaka Hirahara, Daniel Powter and more. Some projects include the recording with aika for the trailer of Warner Brothers’ movie “Ironclad” (Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox), and aika’s album “No Mo Games!" Collaborating with producer Aris Archontis at Archon Studios, he has recorded the soundtracks for hit Disney movies “Teen Beach Movie” (2013) and “Teen Beach Movie 2” (2015).
Thanasi studied at Columbia College in Chicago with many prominent drum instructors and educators such as Frank Donaldson (Bill Withers), Dana Hall (Ray Charles), and Tom Hipskind (Kick The Cat). Later, he graduated with a specialization in Jazz studies. Furthermore, he received a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at N.I.U. having studied with recognized drummer Rodrigo Villanueva (Eddie Gomez Trio).
Thanasi has performed with artists such as aika (J-pop top 10), Alexia (Chick Corea, 25 gold and platinum albums), Laura Rizzotto, Shahkar Bineshpajooh and has shared the stage with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. Some other projects include the recordings of Ayaka Hirahara’s single “Boy I Wish You Were Here,” Laura Rizzotto’s single “Love It” for The World Cup 2014 in Brazil and Hiroaki Tagawa's single "Sky" for the 2021 Olympics in Japan.