Richard Kass

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Richard Kass
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Richard Kass
Background information
BornInverness, Scotland
GenresJazz, Contemporary Classical, Fusion
Years active2000–present
Associated actsTrio HLK, Evelyn Glennie, Cory Henry, Southern Tenant Folk Union

Richard Kass is a Scottish jazz drummer and educator.

Early life[edit]

Kass was born in Inverness, Scotland [1] he first became interested in the drum kit in high school, where he started playing in punk bands with his friends.

Music career[edit]

Kass has worked with many high-profile artists including Cory Henry, Evelyn Glennie, Steve Lehman (composer), The Wanted, Sugababes, Somi, Grammy Nominee Muhsinah, Southern Tenant Folk Union, John Etheridge, Carrie Mac, Haftor Medboe Group and many more.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Richard is currently a full-time member of the critically acclaimed Trio HLK, Pthronk pioneers Thunkfish Electronica act Homework and Jazz/Fusion group The Discordian Trio.[8][9]

Kass has been described as "a polyrhythmic monster" by Steve White (drummer) and his playing has been cited as "stretching the bounds of rhythm and capabilities to new levels".[10]

He has also received equal praise for his playing in the electronica scene:

"Homework have to be seen live to appreciate how busy their drummer is. Close your eyes – there’s a rock-steady but nuanced groove; open them – his hands are all over the kit, leaving no tom or cymbal feeling lonely. To do this without sounding horribly overindulgent takes some skill and confidence."[11]


  1. ^ Smith, Alexander."Homework", 08 July 2010. Retrieved on 18 January 2017
  2. ^ Chrystall, Margaret. "Richard's gig with Grammy-winner". What's On North. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Kass Biography". Algorhythmical. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Personnel". The Banjo Lounge 4. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Musicians in the Ged Brockie Band". The Ged Brockie Band. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Press 1 – Haftor Medbøe & Anneke Kampman – Places + Spaces". Haftor Medbøe Group. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  7. ^ Dowell, David. "Richard Kass for Scottish Drum Fest 2016". Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  8. ^ "About". The Discordian Trio. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  9. ^ Donkin, Stephen. "On the Radar - No 140: Homework". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  10. ^ Dowell, David. "Richard Kass for Scottish Drum Fest 2016". Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  11. ^ Sproul-Cran, Rob. "Miaoux Miaoux, Homework, IndianRedLopez". Limbo Live. Retrieved 21 March 2013.