Swiss Chris Clinic with the Hip-Hop Ensemble
Christoph Flueck, a.k.a. Swiss Chris, earned his diploma in performance from Berklee, then went on to study at the Drummers Collective in New York with Kim Plainfield and Frank Katz. Swiss completed a successful four years as the music director and Grammy Award–winning drummer for John Legend.
Swiss has played in multiple tours of the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. He has worked with artists including Common, Gloria Gaynor, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Sir Elton John, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West. He received multiple awards and honors as a marching band, big band, and contemporary jazz drummer as well as earning a humanitarian award from his homeland of Switzerland.
Swiss believes in continuous education and is a lifelong drum student under diverse teachers such as Kenwood Dennard, Skip Hadden, and Joe Morello. His prolific styles include funk, hip-hop, R&B, soul, blues, Latin, African, Haitian, and broken-eighth note jazz. He was featured on BET as the musical director/drummer for the Ed Gordon Show. Swiss was the musical director and house drummer for the legendary Lyricist Lounge. He has worked for multiple fundraiser and charity events with the political activist group Earthdriver. He has performed at countless famous venues including the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall under the direction of Philip Glass.
Swiss is in the process of completing a book and is actively involved with his organization S.W.I.S.S. (Saving with Instruments, Samples, and Soundz), which is dedicated to teaching how to resolve conflicts through peaceful means with the use of instruments, and motivational education through music and sound. Television appearances include MTV Video Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony, David Letterman, and Oprah. Swiss Chris endorses Natal Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Drumheads, Hansenfutz Foot Pedals, Alesis/Akai Electronics, CAT Mics, Apple, and Ableton and Propellerhead software.