Gavin Harrison

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Gavin Harrison
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Gavin Harrison, performing live with Porcupine Tree
Background information
Born Harrow, Middlesex, England
Genres Progressive rock, jazz fusion, experimental music, rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion, tap guitar
Years active 1979-present
Labels Lava, Roadrunner, Atlantic
Associated acts Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, OSI
Website www.gavharrison.com

Gavin Harrison (born 28 May 1963) is an English drummer and percussionist. He is best known for playing with the British progressive rock bands Porcupine Tree and King Crimson. His influences come from his father's jazz collection and from drummers such as Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro.

Career[edit]

In 1983-84 he toured as a member of Renaissance.

In 2002 he joined Porcupine Tree.

In 2007 Gavin began a long term collaboration with singer/extended range bass player 05Ric which led to the release of three CDs, Drop (2007), Circles (2009) and The Man Who Sold Himself (2012).

In 2008, Gavin joined King Crimson as part of a dual-drummer lineup with Pat Mastelotto. Gavin played a number of shows in the United States in August with the band.

On August 23, 2011 he was a featured performer on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' as part of their second "Drum Solo Week", along with such players as Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, and Dennis Chambers.

Awards[edit]

He won the Modern Drummer magazine readers' poll for "best progressive drummer of the year" consecutively from 2007–2010. He won "Best Prog Drummer" in DRUM USA magazine 2011. He is the featured cover story on Modern Drummer January 2009. Rolling Stone Magazine polls rate him as the third best drummer in the past 25 years. Best Prog Drummer 2011 & 2012 in Prog Magazine. 2014Modern Drummer magazine USA place Gavin in the Top 50 Greatest Drummers Of All Time.

Publications[edit]

Harrison has authored two instructional drum books entitled Rhythmic Illusions and Rhythmic Perspectives. He also wrote and produced his own instructional DVDs, Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons, at his home studio. 2010 saw the release of Rhythmic Designs, a book of transcriptions by Terry Branam, and a 3 hour DVD of Gavin's explanations and demonstrations. It won 'Best In Show' at the summer NAMM show in the USA.

Equipment[edit]

Current kit (2013)[edit]

  • Sonor SQ2 Maple Drums & Zildjian Cymbals:
  • Drums Sonor: SQ2 (Blue Tribal finish).
    • 8x7" Rack Tom (Medium Shell)
    • 10x8" Rack Tom (Medium Shell)
    • 12x9" Rack Tom (Medium Shell)
    • 15x13" Floor Tom (Medium Shell)
    • 18x15" Floor Tom (Medium Shell)
    • 22x15" Bass Drum (Heavy Shell)
    • 14x5.25" Protean GH Signature Birch Snare Drum
    • 12x5" Protean GH Signature Birch Snare drum
  • CymbalsZildjian
    • 16" Oriental China Trash
    • 5 Custom-Made Chimes
    • 14" K Constantinople Hi-Hats
    • 19" A Thin Crash
    • 7" custom crash bell
    • 17" A Thin Crash
    • 20" K Ride
    • 19" K Custom Dark Crash
    • 12" Oriental China Trash
    • 18" Z Custom China

(Note: All cymbals are listed in the order they appear on Gavin's kit from left to right. The five custom chimes were made by Gavin himself from some used Zildjian crash cymbals.)[1]

  • Drum HeadsRemo
    • Toms: (8", 10", 12", 15",18") Coated Vintage Emperors – batter, Clear Ambassadors – resonant
    • Bass Drum: (22") Powerstroke 3 Clear- batter, Standard Sonor (Remo) Head – resonant
    • Snares (14"& 12") Coated CS – batter, Hazy Ambassador – resonant
  • Hardware
    • Sonor Stands
    • Gibraltar Hardwaredrum rack
    • S-Hoops fitted to all Toms and Snare drums
    • Tama Speed Cobra bass drum pedals[2]
    • Tama Cobra Clutch
    • Porter & Davies BC2 tactile monitor stool

Home studio setup[edit]

  • Mackie 32-8-2 mixing desk
  • Mackie HR824 monitors
  • Apogee 2 Rosettas 800 AD/DA (over ADAT)
  • MOTU 828 MK3
  • Apple iMac Quadcore i7
  • Apple Logic 9
  • Beyerdynamic DT-150 headphones
  • Mics:
  • Bass Drum (Shure SM91A)
  • Bass Drum (AKG D12VR)
  • Bass Drum (Audix D6)
  • Snare Top (Audix i5 or Shure SM57)
  • Snare Bottom (Shure SM57)
  • Hi Hat (AKG CK391)
  • Tom1 AKG C414 XLS (Electro Voice N/D 468 or Sennheiser MD421 for live)
  • Tom2 AKG C414 XLS (Electro Voice N/D 468 or Sennheiser MD421 for live)
  • Tom3 AKG C414 XLS (Electro Voice N/D 468 or Sennheiser MD421 for live)
  • Tom4 AKG C414 XLS (Electro Voice N/D 468 or Sennheiser MD421 for live)
  • Tom5 AKG C414 XLS (Electro Voice N/D 468 or Sennheiser MD421 for live)
  • Ride (AKG CK391)
  • Overheads (Pair of AKG C12VRs)
  • Close Ambience (Pair of AKG C414XLIIs)
  • Distant Ambience (Pair of Royer 122's)

Discography[edit]

Performer Year Album
Amadeus Awad 2013 Schizanimus
The Tangent 2013 Le Sacre Du Travail
Lo-Fi Resistance 2012 Chalk Lines
Porcupine Tree 2012 Octane Twisted
Fusion Syndicate 2012 The Fusion Syndicate
Franco Battiato 2012 Apriti Sesamo
Kompendium 2012 Beneath The Waves
Harry Shearer 2012 Can't Take A Hint
Ed Poole 2012 Routes
Alberto Rigioni 2011 Rebirth
Alice 1992 Mezzogiorno sulle Alpi
Angela Baraldi 2001 Rosasporco
B. J. Cole 1989 Transparent Music
B. J. Cole 1995 Heart of the Moment
Black 1988 Comedy
Blackfield 2004 Blackfield
Blackfield 2007 Blackfield II
Camouflage 1991 Meanwhile
Carlo Fimiani 2007 Too Early
Chizuko Yoshihiro 1993 Conscious Mind
Claudio Baglioni 1992 AncorAssieme
Claudio Baglioni 1992 Assieme
Claudio Baglioni 1995 Io Sono Qui
Claudio Baglioni 1996 Attori e Spettatori
Claudio Baglioni 1997 Anime in Gioco
Claudio Baglioni 1998 A-Live
Claudio Baglioni 1999 Viaggiatore Sulla Coda del Tempo
Claudio Baglioni 2000 Acustico
Claudio Baglioni 2003 Sono Io
Claudio Baglioni 2005 Cresendo e Cercando
Claudio Baglioni 2006 Quelli Degli Altri Tutti Qui
Claudio Baglioni 2009 Q.P.G.A
Claudio Baglioni 2013 Con Voi
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin 1990 The Big Idea
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin 1991 Spin
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin 2009 Green & Blue
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin 2009 TLG Collection
David Devant & His Spirit Wife 1996 Ginger
Devogue 1997 Devogue
Dizrhythmia 1987 Dizrhythmia
Donna Gardier 1990 I'll Be There
Ed Poole 2008 ED 4
Ed Poole 2010 Depth
Eddie & the Tide 1986
Eros Ramazzotti 1995 Più Bella Cosa Live
Eugenio Finardi 1990 La Forza Dell'amore
Eugenio Finardi 1991 Millennio
Fiorella Mannoia 1992 I Treni a Vapore
Franco Battiato 1993 Caffe' de la Paix
Franco Battiato 1996 L'Imboscata
Franco Battiato 1996 L'ombra Della Luce
Franco Battiato 1998 Gommalacca
Franco Battiato 2012 Apriti Sesamo
Froon 1987 Froon
Fjieri 2009 Endless
Gail Ann Dorsey 1988 The Corporate World
Gavin Harrison 1997 Sanity & Gravity
Gavin Harrison & 05Ric 2007 Drop
Gavin Harrison & 05Ric 2009 Circles
Gavin Harrison & 05Ric 2012 The Man Who Sold Himself
Heraldo Zuniga 2001 Triangulo de Musgo
Iggy Pop 1986 Ritz N.Y.C Live / Real Wild Child Live
Iggy Pop 1989 Lust For Live
Incognito 1991 Inside Life
Jakko Jakszyk 2006 The Bruised Romantic Glee Club
Jakko Jakszyk 1994 Kingdom of Dust
Jakko Jakszyk 1994 Mustard Gas and Roses
Jakko Jakszyk 1996 Are My Ears on Wrong?
Jakko Jakszyk 1997 Road to Ballina
Jakszyk Fripp Collins 2011 A Scarcity of Miracles
Kevin Ayers 1992 Still Life with Guitar
King Crimson 2008 Park West, Chicago, Illinois – August 7, 2008
Lene Lovich 1990 March
Lewis Taylor 2000 Lewis II
Lewis Taylor 2005 In Session
Lisa Stansfield 1997 Never, Never Gonna Give You Up Live
Lisa Stansfield 1999 Swing
Lisa Stansfield 2001 831 – Change
Manfred Mann's Earth Band 1996 Soft Vengeance
Manolo García 2002 Nunca el Tiempo es Perdido
Marco Tafelli 2010 Reset
Mick Karn 1995 The Tooth Mother
Mieko Shimizu 1990 A Road of Shells
Miss Thi 1991 Lover
No-Man 2008 Schoolyard Ghosts
OSI 2009 Blood
OSI 2012 Fire Make Thunder
Paolo Gianolio 2009 Pane e Nuvole
Paolo Gianolio 2012 Tribu' di Note
Patty Pravo 2002 Radio Station
Paul Cusick 2011 P'dice
Paul Young 1995 Grazing in the Grass Live
Peter Cox 2001 Flame Still Burns
Porcupine Tree 2002 In Absentia
Porcupine Tree 2003 Futile
Porcupine Tree 2003 XM
Porcupine Tree 2004 The Sky Moves Sideways reissue
Porcupine Tree 2005 Deadwing
Porcupine Tree 2005 Up the Downstair reissue
Porcupine Tree 2005 XMII
Porcupine Tree 2006 Rockpalast
Porcupine Tree 2006 Arriving Somewhere...
Porcupine Tree 2007 Fear of a Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree 2007 Nil Recurring
Porcupine Tree 2009 Ilosaarirock
Porcupine Tree 2009 The Incident
Porcupine Tree 2010 Anesthetize
Porcupine Tree 2010 Atlanta
Progetto Cavani 1993 Alza la Testa
Raf 1993 Cannibali
Richard Barbieri/Tim Bowness 1994 Flame
Richard Barbieri 2008 Stranger Inside
Rob Cowen/Beverley Craven 2004 Lady Advertiser
Sam Brown 1987 Stop!
Sarah Jane Morris 1988 Can't Get to Sleep
Saro Cosentino 1997 Ones & Zeros
Shari Belafonte 1989 Shari
Sharon Rose 1994 Never Be The Same
Sheila Nicholls 2002 Wake
Shooter 1999 ..And Your Point?
Shooter 1999 Life's a Bitch
Stefano Panunzi 2005 Timelines
Steve Thorne 2007 Part Two: Emotional Creatures
Steve Thorne 2009 Into the Ether
Steven Wilson 2008 Insurgentes
Storm Corrosion 2012 Storm Corrosion
The Kings of Oblivion 1987 Big Fish Popcorn
Three Blind Mice 2007 Good Grief
Tom Robinson & Jakko Jakszyk 1988 We've Never Had It So Good
Yasuaki Shimizu 1989 Aduna
Zerra One 1986 The Domino Effect

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gavin Harrison || What are the little splashes to your left (bells)?". Askgavinharrison.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Equipment". Gavharrison.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 

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