Christopher Payne

Multi-faceted drummer and percussionist Christopher Payne fuses ethnic hand percussion, orchestral percussion, and drum set to create music across a multitude of genres. He has performed with jazz luminaries Charlie Haden, Bob Sheppard, and Slide Hampton, as well as rock legend Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins). He has toured extensively, performing at prestigious concert halls and festivals worldwide with notable artists like the Grammy nominated band DeVotchka, the ska-punk band Streetlight Manifesto, and the Arabic orchestra MESTO, to name a few.

Christopher is a graduate from the California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in drum set/world percussion and currently teaches, performs, and records in the DMV area.

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