Hamir Atwal

Glimpse Trio

Hamir Atwal

Hamir began playing the drums at the age of 10 and started playing professionally at the age of 18. He studied at the Berklee College of Music on scholarship studying improvisation with saxophone great Joe Lovano and trombonist/composer Hal Crook. "Studying with composers and people who don't play your instrument really opened the way I approached music and improvising." After graduating from Berklee, Hamir moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he started working with creative musicians such as clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg (Tin Hat Trio), trumpeter Darren Johnston (Nice Guy Trio) and saxophonist Patrick Wolff. Hamir's rock/jazz/improv group Glimpse Trio was founded with guitarist Mike Sopko in 2010. They released their 1st CD entitled "1985," which was described by Downbeat Magazine editor Frank Alkyer as "a furious blend of rock, jazz. blues with infectious folkiness." Glimpse Trio's 2nd CD "Garage," will be released July 2012 featuring anticon producer/keyboardist Martin Dosh (Andrew Byrd), and bassist Chris Lopes (Jeff Parker, Mike Patton's Mondo Cane). You can catch Hamir playing all over the San Francisco Bay Area, and is currently active with Glimpse Trio on the road playing over 100 shows a year with his group.

In addition to performing, Hamir has also has taught drum clinics at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Berkeley Jazzschool, and Music Academy International (Nancy, France).

"I've used DREAM Cymbals for over 5 years now, and I never looked back. DREAM Cymbals are my favorite. The cymbals are beautiful, rich, and full of life."


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