Gergo Borlai

In his home country of Hungary, Gergo Borlai has appeared on more than a 100 albums, received two lifetime achievement awards, and two “gold record awards,” as well as the Golden Drumstick Prize and the Artisjus Lifetime Achievement Award. Gergo has become one of the most exciting up-and-coming drumset artists and has grown in popularity with his breathtaking solos on YouTube as well as with several recent performances at drum festivals across the globe.

Gergo started playing the drums at the age of 3 when he heard Harvey Mason and Joe Morello playing Hancock’s Chameleon and Brubeck’s Take Five. He was accepted into a music school at the age of six, where teachers were impressed by his improvisation skills. In his childhood he was devoted all his time to music. The works of Weather Report, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Allan Holdsworth, John Scofield and John McLaughlin inspired him the most. At the age of 12, Gergo decided to continue learning on his own. In this time he reached a level of expertise and he took the chance to start playing in the Hungarian musical elite, a tendency that is still strong in his career. He cites Billy Cobham, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dennis Chambers and Terry Bozzio as his biggest influences. So far, he has performed on over 130 albums of various styles, and has contributed to several albums as an arranger and music director.

Gergo has performed with Gary Willis, Scott Kinsey, Steve Tavaglione, Walt Fowler, Bob Mintzer, Hiram Bullock, L. Shankar, Vernon Reid, Iain Ballamy, Al DiMeola, Nguyen Lee, Hadrien Feraud, and many others. He has three solo-albums: „17” (BMG, 1998), Sausage (Tom Tom Records,2004), and M.M.M. (Author’s Edition, 2010).

Lesson Packs Featuring Gergo Borlai

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Singles and Double Bass Ostinato and Licks

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