In fact the heritage of this omnipresent technique; named after Chapin’s mentor, could hardly be in better hands – especially if Jim himself puts out a quote like this. Claus is currently one of the in demand drum coaches and clinicians in Europe; in addition to his busy teaching schedule his first and long awaited educational book “open-handed playing vol. I” (co-written with Dom Famularo, including a foreword by Billy Cobham, 4 star Modern Drummer review) has been released worldwide with Alfred Publishing. Claus’ approach to playing drums using a mixture of his incredible technical skills, open handed playing and ostinato work yet never gets into being “just drums”: ” … his flawless and fluid motions, the way he applies this technique for ostinatos over various toms and cymbals along with independent patterns of his feet is really unique, very “drumistic” and yet musical. And I’m sure there is still a lot more that we have to be prepared for … “ Jim continues. His credits include live and/or studio appearances with musicians like the New York Voices, Mike Stern, Barbara Dennerlein, Bob Mintzer, Dominic Miller and Matt Smith just to name a few. Seewww.claushessler.de , www.myspace.com/claushessler and www.drummerworld.com for more informations, pictures, selected discography and soundfiles.
“I travel the globe performing, teaching and mostly learning drum set. It is rare when I meet someone who has all the qualities of being a wonderful person and performer. Claus has both! He understands the bigger picture of drumming and music. He learned all the techniques the best I have seen and when I return each year to Germany I learn again when we perform together! I suggest all drummers to spend some time with Claus and watch yourself grow!” Dom Famularo