About Duran Ritz
What happens when thunderous dynamics meet unending creativity and an arsenal of chops? Often described as a "freak behind the Kit", Vancouver drummer, Duran Ritz, is the reason you clap your hands and dance to the beat.
Overflowing with a love and joy for music, Duran refuses to let the role of the drums fall to the mundane. Fun is the name of the game for Duran, and it comes through with every stroke.
Boasting over 20 years of playing experience, a creative mind, and a knowledge of styles beyond his years, Duran Ritz is one to watch.
Studying under the legendary drummer and educator Ed Soph, Duran honed his craft while attending the prestigious University of North Texas. It was there that he joined with the 6-time Grammy nominated group the One O'Clock Lab Band, and recorded on the full-length album/DVD LAB 2011, a first of it’s kind for the band.
Duran is the recipient of multiple Downbeat awards, and some of his performance credits include celebrated musicians: Kurt Rosenwinkel, Larry Goldings, Ravi Coltrane, Marvin Stamm, Wojtek Pilichowski, Bill Moring, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Michael Formanek, Ron Stout, Vic Juris, Composer Darcy Argue, Tim Ries, Bernard Fowler, Roberta Gambarini, “Blue” Lou Marini, and Brad Turner, along with several other Juno and Grammy award winners. Furthermore, he has performed internationally for countless music festivals, and has extensive touring experience.
Since then, Duran has returned to Canada and resides in Vancouver where he was a member of Canadian Indie rock outfit Zerbin and recorded on their critically acclaimed Album Darling.
Not being one to allow defining, Duran continues to push the boundaries of jazz and rock genres with his unique blend of effortless technique and an artful approach to time and composition.
Duran can also be found performing and teaching in the Vancouver area and online blogging on his educational website www.thenewdrummer.com. Duran frequently updates and answers questions on Instagram @dritzbitz.
Duran is currently accepting drum students of all ages in the Vancouver area. If you are in need of a drummer for recording, performances, or clinics, head to the contact page to get in touch with him.