Born: December 1, 1989 Primary Instrument: Drums
Drummer Evan Woodle has established himself as one of the Northwest’s preeminent creative musicians; his inimitably bombastic style and energetic performances behind the drum set have captivated audiences worldwide. Evan got his start in the internationally acclaimed Roosevelt High School jazz program in Seattle, where he found himself playing alongside the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane and Frank Tiberi. In the few short years since he emerged from high school, Evan has lent his unique talents to ensembles containing Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu and Andrew D’Angelo, setting himself apart as a luminary amid a constellation of young innovative musicians.
In addition to functioning as a driving force behind several bands (including AGOGIC, Operation ID and Chemical Clock), Evan is one of the co-founders of The Racer Sessions, a weekly free-improvisation series and a forum for cutting-edge composers and performers. Evan also serves as a board member of Table & Chairs Music, a record label devoted to the chronicling and advancement of new music in Seattle. Beyond that, Woodle is a co-founder of the Improvised Music Project at the University of Washington, a student group that promotes improvised music and presents an annual creative music festival.
As evidenced by his outstanding musicianship and tireless involvement within his local community, Woodle is without a doubt one of the most inspired voices in a new era of improvised music.