Chris Lesso


Chris began studying music on the piano at the age of 7, and received his grade 8 in classical piano through the Royal Conservatory at age 12. He began drumming when he was 9, and has never looked back. After gaining much experience performing and writing music in various bands, he sought out and took lessons from many world-renowned artists such as Dom Famularo, Ed Shaughnessy, and Jim Chapin, then going on to study with highly respected teacher and drummer Jim Blackley. In addition to being an eternal student of the drumset, Chris is currently studying jazz harmony on the piano, and Indian rhythms on the tabla with Ritesh Das.

Chris’ unique blend of hard rock, jazz, improvisational, and world flavored rhythms can be heard with Chris’ own original band The Modus Factor (with Brownman and Ian de Souza), The Blues Bros Revue, Steve Koven, Brownman Ali, Tony Springer (Wild T And The Spirit), The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, as well as various other artists performing around the Toronto area and touring internationally.

Chris is a proud educator, teaching a full roster of students at his studio Rhythm In Motion, performing regular Drum Clinic Events, and is a faculty member at Metalworks Institute. He is also a published author, writing articles for various publications including Canadian Musician Magazine, and has designed a goal centered curriculum for his students.

The future holds an ever-improving output of energetic live shows and rhythmically intense recorded work, always drawing from a wide range of influences and styles. For news, show listings, and videos check out his website!



Wild T & the Spirit