Ken Adessa:

Study

Ken Adessa has been studying drums for 12 years. He studied with John Hvasta for 3 years and has a degree in Music Education from Montclair State University where he studied timpani, mallets, and snare drum with Barry Centani . Ken has attended workshops or classes with jazz greats Billy Hart, Keith Copeland and Ralph Peterson. He has studied ensemble playing and composition with Armen Donelian and Radam Schwartz. He is currently studying the Alan Dawson drumset method. On a different level, Ken has been unofficially studying with Erik Lawrence and considers Erik to be a great influence and mentor.

Performing

As a performer, Ken has played in many types of musical situations. While at Montclair State University he was principal percussionist in the MSU Concert Band and the rhythm section leader of the MSU Jazz Band. He performed at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall with the Montclair Chamber Ensemble. Ken has worked with the queen of boogie woogie piano Dona Oxford. He has been called for hand percussion dates with Kyler England, Kristin Cifelli , and other singer/songwriters. He has also played timbales and percussion for Paradise's Afro-Cuban Orchestra. He has several local and school musicals to his credit such as The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Working, Grease, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Wonderful Town and the mallet book of West Side Story.

Current Projects

His main project right now is an original melodic rock band Green to Think . They have recorded an EP entitled "Sundays Were Made For This" and is available at www.greentothink.com . On that website, there are also several songs available for download including a song titled "It's Christmas Eve" that is not on the EP. Green To Think is currently playing all over in NY, NJ and PA and getting ready to go back into the studio for a full length. Meggan Mahoney is also using Ken as her drummer live and in the studio. Recent rough mixes can be found at www.megganmahoney.com . He has also recorded for Katie Burtnick at www.katieburtnick.com . All of these recent projects were recorded at GTT Studios, where Ken engineers and produces.  For more information, check out www.gttstudios.com.  Ken can often be seen freelancing around the NYC/NJ area. Check here for a list of performance dates.

Teaching

Ken also teaches 5th grade band full time in the Oakland Public School System. He also teaches privately at Tri-Key Music. Ken is currently accepting private students.