Born: September 29, 1976 Primary Instrument: Drums
Greg Camphire has been playing drums for more than 25 years, beginning as a 7-year-old in his Pittsburgh, PA hometown and continuing with a variety of great teachers & self-taught techniques as he moved through Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since 1991, he has performed with a wide variety of artists on stage and in recording studios, specializing in genres including blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, hip-hop, reggae, drum n’ bass & electronica as well as traditional African music styles. In addition to drum set, Greg is adept at hand drums including congas, djembes and other percussion, as well as working with electronics.
Greg studied jazz & ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he performed with the percussion ensemble of Dr. Anicet Mundundu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1994-1998. He also studied abroad with ethnomusicologist & UCLA Professor Emeritus Elaine Barkin in 1996, which included workshops at the University of Madras (India) and The Shanghai Conservatory (China). He earned an advanced degree in Percussion at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles in 2001.
Greg has previously performed and released records with the bands Leisure Monkey, Here Are the Facts You Requested, Departure and Trio Formaggio. He is currently performing and recording with multimedia theatrical troupe Znayu, genre-mashing indie pop collective the Akire Stimulus, and many others. His exploits have been covered by URB Magazine, Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, Flavorpill, MetalJazz.com and more.
Greg has spent the last two years researching the Afro-Brazilian music styles of Northeast Brazil, and is currently creating a multimedia project slated for 2010-11 under the working title America and Brazil: Parallel Cultures Linked By the Rhythms of Africa, which is set to include a trip to that region for percussion studies with local master musicians.
Bringing a little intrigue to its Firecracker party, intimate Chinatown institution Grand Star hosts Trio Formaggio this week, a mysterious three-piece string band lost in a labyrinth of juicy, noisy jazz-bop. - Flavorpill