Gasper Bertoncelj


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Gasper Bertoncelj was born in 1978 in Kranj, Slovenia. His musical path began with the trumpet and continued at the age of thirteen when his mother bought him his first drumset. Gasper proceeded to join the Citys Marching Orchestra and his first jazz band. While in high school, Gasper regularly took private lessons from the best drummers and percussionists in Slovenia and started to familiarize himself with the Slovenian music scene.

After high school Gasper decided to pursue a professional career in music. He moved to Linz, Austria and studied music and drums at the Bruckner Konservatorium. There Gasper had the opportunity to study with world-reknowned musicians such as Doug Hammond, Allan Praskin, Jeff Beaudreaux, Harry Sokal, and Peter Tuscher. In June 2002 Gasper received a bachelors degree in jazz performance with honors.

In the fall of 2002 Gasper moved to New York City and began to study at The City College of The City University of New York with scholarships from the Slovenian governmentMinistry of Culture and Ministry for School and Sports. There he studied with professors such as John Patitucci, Victor Lewis, Billy Drummond, Andy Watson, Scott Reves, and Fred Hersch. On June 3, 2005, Gasper received his Master of Arts degree from City College.

Gasper was performing regularly while attending school and has continued to do so after graduating. During his time in New York City he has performed with a variety of musicians and bands including, Reggie Workman, Sheila Jordan, Lew Tabackin, Boris Kozlov, Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt, Grant Stewart, Jonathan Kreisberg, William Ash, Miles Griffith, Marco Panascia, Alex Harding, Walt Szymanski, Yosvany Terry, Tom Rhodes, Jimmy Preacher Robins, John Oszajca, Rick Royale, Doug Siegel, Liz Clark, Yoke, Inventing Eve, Peter Silvers Big Band, 7 & Counting, Whisky Rebellion, and The New York Connection Band.

Gasper has also graced the stages of many New York City venues including the Iridium, Smalls, Rainbow Room, Knitting Factory, Makor, Southpaw, Cornelia Street Café, Cleopatras Needle, Kennys Castaways, Lit Lounge, Galapagos, Garage, Fat Cat, Lions den, Robins Nest, HKC2, Petes Candy Store, Ace of Clubs, Sofias and many others.

Currently, Gasper continues to perform with many of the artists and bands mentioned above. Gasper Bertoncelj views 2008 as a very special year as he takes on the roles of leader, producer, composer, arranger and drummer on his debut recording CAUTION! Hard Hat Area! from New York City based label, Arabesque Recordings.