“I hardly know anyone who is closer to the real Moeller than Claus…”
JIM CHAPIN, 2006
In fact, the passing on of this ever-present drumming philosophy (named after Jim‘s Mentor Sanford Moeller) could hardly be in better hands – especially if Chapin as the undisputed master of this technique puts out a quote like this. Besides being seen as “legitimate MOELLER TECHNIQUE successor” of Jim, Claus is mostly known for his OPEN-HANDED approach to drumset playing and has performed at numerous DRUM EVENTS across “planet drum”, sharing stage with players like Steve Smith, Alex Acuna, Walfredo Reyes Jr., JoJo Mayer, David Garibaldi, Dom Famularo, Johnny Rabb or percussion fame Luis Conte – also earning STANDING OVATIONS at PASIC, Indianapolis. His educational book and DVD releases gained worldwide recognition and have repeatedly been nominated “Best Educational Book” – just as Claus was nominated BEST EDUCATOR | CLINICIAN with Modern Drummer Magazine. Trademark of Claus’ INDIVIDUAL STLYE is a mixture of stunning TECHNICAL SKILLS, OSTINATO-work, a wide spectrum of musical styles and open-handed playing – bridging the gap between “just drums” and real-world musical applications. Besides his current hammond organ trio FLUX Claus has performed live and in the studio with international greats of the music scene.