Jean-Christophe is an experienced and versatile percussionist/drummer who specializes in Cuban, West African, Brazilian and other Afro-Caribbean styles of music. He also enjoys adapting these styles to compliment western musical settings as well as adapting the rhythms to the drum set. He has been a freelance performer and educator since 1992 and has worked in various parts of Canada, the U.S. the middle east, and Ecuador.
He has performed with artists having musical backgrounds including African, Cuban, jazz, funk, and show band. The venues include religious ceremonies, percussion conventions, arts festivals, clubs, theatre productions and the recording studio. His extensive experience in music with dance includes performing, directing, and recording for several large productions. He has also provided live and recorded accompaniment for many African, Cuban, Modern, Tap, Jazz and funk dance classes.
After years of dedication, Jean has enjoyed playing alongside some of his teachers such as Isreal “Toto” Beriel, Michael Spiro, Skip Burney, Chuchito Valdez, Emilio Valdez and others.
Firmly committed to arts-education,
Jean-Christophe has provided instruction for universities, public schools, conservatories, and music stores in the United States, Canada, Israel and Ecuador. He also provides instruction to aspiring musicians as well as professional musicians.
As the study of music is a life long endeavor, Jean-Christophe has studied, and continues to study many styles of music from around the world with masters of their respective idioms, including Jesus Aldonso, Julio “Guille” lopez, Madou Kante, Michael Spiro, Skip Burney, N’Goma N’Dao, Changuito, Anga Diaz, Bobby Sanabria, Clint Gillespie and Dr. Glenn Price.