Born in Toronto, ON, on March 24th, 1972, Ilios Steryannis started drumming at the age of 12. Inspired by the artistry and power of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, he pounded on a practice pad and an old set of bongo drums until his father lovingly presented him with a brand new Tama Royalstar drumset, with Paiste cymbals, for his 13th birthday. Since then, Ilios and the drums have been inseparable.
He performed with his first rock band at school dances, then travelled overseas to perform in Denmark and Holland with the Oakwood Collegiate symphony orchestra. Later, Ilios earned a full scholarship to the Banff Centre for the Arts jazz program at age 18, studying with the greatMarvin “Smitty” Smith, drummer for the Tonight Show. This was followed by receiving a partial scholarship to study at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, where Ilios’ teachers included jazz legends Joe Hunt and Ian Froman.
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This is the 1996 release of TIM POSGATE Mit - Canadian jazz guitarist who flows into rock, funk & fusion elements. Group is a trio that also includes electric bassist Dane Wedderburn and drummer Ilios Steryannis - also adding the soprano sax of Jane Bunnett and trumpet player Lina Allemano.
I hear elements of Jeff Beck, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin thoughout! Top notch compositions brought to life by excellent / emotive players!