George Lernis

World Percussionist/Composer

Born and raised in Nicosia Cyprus, George Lernis is a world percussionist, drummer and educator who currently resides in the US. He has recorded and collaborated with prominent figures such as: Antonio Sanchez, Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Tiger Okoshi, A Far Cry String Orchestra and Mehmet Ali Salnikol’s Whatsnext? big band just to name a few. George holds a bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Jazz Performance and a master’s degree from Longy Conservatory in Modern American Music. In addition to the drumset, he specializes in a number of traditional instruments such as: the darbuka, bendir and riq. George performs and gives workshops extensively around the world, which includes appearances in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and workshops at higher education institutions such as Harvard and Princeton University.

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Press / Reviews

“Rich percussion by George Lernis on sounds that are both danceable and dreamy” - Jazz Weekly (December, 2020)

"Lernis' artistry, all seven tracks, when viewed as a whole, provide a well-rounded picture of his skills as a composer, drummer and general manipulator of the rhythms and structures that live and evolve within the nature of jazz." - All About Jazz (July, 2011)

"George Lernis is a composer with limitless imagination. His outstanding, well constructed compositions convey both the present and the past of Jazz."  Jazz Times (September, 2011)

"Lernis expands upon the restrictive role of timekeeper, playing a naturally flowing amalgamation of shifting rhythms that distinguishes his work from more typical mainstream jazz."  - Drumhead Magazine (September, 2011)

Notable performances

Panama Jazz Festival - George Lernis Quintet (January 20th, 2021)

Live at Lincoln Center - @Whatsnext? Big Band (January 12th, 2017)

Live at Carnegie Hall - Mirologia featuring: Christos Halkias and George Lernis (March 12th, 2015)


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