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Alain Rieder

Born in Geneva in 1955 and raised in a musical family, Alain Rieder first studied the cello from the age of six and up to the age of twenty (eleven years in all, with a break in the middle).
A self-taught drummer since adolescence, and having a true passion for this instrument, he decides to stop studying the cello to focus primarily on drums. Alain is already a respected drummer in the area, participates in many groups and projects, works in the studios, and is a sought after teacher.
Alain Rieder then studies with Billy Brooks at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, who introduces him to using one of the classic jazz drum books, Syncopation by Ted Reed. Alain starts to imagine dozens of ways to apply these concepts to all styles, that will later inspire him to write his own method book.
Alain starts studying at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles in 1981, his main teachers are Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Joey Baron, Steve Houghton and Efrain Toro.
A graduate of the Musicians Institute in 1982, he returns to Europe and continues his activities as a musician and teacher. He settles in Paris for a few years, in order to do recording sessions, and he participates in a French pop/rock band.

Alain then passes through various stages of personal practice and teaching which lead him to write the drum book "Time Manipulation". Published in 1993, it is distributed by Warner Bros. Music / IMP, and is recommended by world class drummers such as Peter Erskine and Dave Weckl. In 1997, after writing an enthusiastic critique of the book, Alain Gozzo from the French "Batteur" drum magazine listed Time Manipulation in his "ideal library for drummers". Following this, Alain Rieder becomes a regular contributor to the educational section of this magazine.
Having a thirst to learn and share, Alain has many experiences to his credit, in many different styles: from rock to jazz styles, Afro-Cuban & Brazilian, classical and contemporary music.

Alain has played and/or recorded with : Frank Gambale (Chick Corea Elektric Band) Montreux & Antibes Jazz Festivals, JazzIn Concert - DRS TV 1992, with Jimmy Earl (Chick Corea Elektric Band II) et Tom Coster (Santana); Harvie Swartz; Fritz Hauser [Perspectives Percussives - La Bâtie, Festival de Genève 1993]; Ruud Wiener ["The Go- Between"]; l'ensemble du Centre International de Percussions; Grafitti (Haakon Graf's Band w/Terje Gewelt); Quai des Brumes ["Le Baiser qui Tue", "Dommage qu'on soit Pacifiques" (CBS/Epic), concerts en 1ère partie Chris de Burgh - Paris/Zénith et autres]; Chris de Burgh (TV); Ronan Keating (TV); Robin Kenyatta; Zappa Special [musique de Frank Zappa]; Stryge; Angle; BlueBird & the Sky (Guy Maxwell); Paolo Bellinati; Handle With Care; Pascal Auberson; Alain Monney; Moncef Genoud; Olivier Rogg & Philippe Dragonetti (Dragorogg); Nicolas Hafner; Christie K; Diana Miranda; The Munch; JFM the Inguitarissable, Zep'n'G, African Sanctus, Melokaan, Krista Kellner, Bémol 13 (Diego Gadenz), Solid Ash, Nicolas Meier, Daniel Hunter Trio, WAM Blues Trio. Appears as a studio drummer in the cult-movie: Mort un dimanche de pluie (Death on a Rainy Sunday) - Joël Santoni (1986).

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