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Nir Zidkyahu (born November 1967, in Jerusalem, Israel), also known as Nir Z, is a studio-session drummer, and the brother of Blackfield's drummer Tomer Z. He played the drums for eight songs on Genesis' 1997 album, , and subsequently joined the band for their 1998 tour. Calling All Stations
In 2001, he drummed on
John Mayer's breakthrough album, . Since then, he has played drums and percussion for various artists including Room for Squares Jason Mraz, Joss Stone and Alana Davis. In 2006, he recorded with Flaw on their Endangered Species record and with Chris Cornell on his second solo album, , released 2007. Zidkyahu played on several songs of the comeback album, Carry On , for former Skyscraper Journey singer Steve Augeri's original band Tall Stories, released January 23, 2009. In 2009, Zidkyahu went on tour drumming for Billy Squier.
Zidkyahu was hired by Toontrack to record the drums samples for their virtual drummer programs Superior Drummer 2.0,
New York Studios Vol.2 SDX,  and New York Studios Vol.3 SDX.  
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