Sami Kuoppamäki

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Sami Kuoppamäki playing for Samuli Putro's band at the 2011 Ilosaarirock festival.

Sami Kuoppamäki (born 1971) is a Finnish drummer who has been a very prolific jazz and popular music session musician after the break-up of his early-90s band, Kingston Wall. His current,[when?] most active group in which he plays in is called Zook. The band also includes ex-Kingston Wall bassist Jukka Jylli.

Session work[edit]

In 1994 Kuoppamäki played session drums as a stand-in for the popular power metal band Stratovarius, for the recording of their third studio album, Dreamspace (his contribution can be heard on five of the album's songs). This was due to regular drummer Tuomo Lassila suffering from an arm injury.[1]

In 2000–2001 Kuoppamäki played drums in the house band of the Finnish TV show Hotelli Sointu.

In 2003 he played session drums for Apocalyptica for the album Reflections, although the major credits for the drum recordings are given to Slayer's Dave Lombardo. After his participation, Apocalyptica hired Mikko Sirén as permanent drum player.

In 2006 he played drums for Von Hertzen Brothers for their second album Approach.

In 2007 & 2011 he played drums in the live band of the Finnish Idols TV show's finals.

Live work[edit]

Kuoppamäki performed with accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen to rave reviews at the "Meltdown on the South Bank" festival in London in 2005.[2]


Year Album Artist Credit
1991 Silmänkääntötemppu Don Huonot Percussion
1992 I Kingston Wall Percussion, Drums
1993 II Kingston Wall Percussion, Drums
1994 Dreamspace Stratovarius Drums
1994 III Tri-Logy Kingston Wall Percussion, Drums
1994 Verta, Pornoa & Propagandaa Don Huonot Conga
1997 File Under: Finnish Ambient ... RinneRadio ... Percussion
2000 14 Diamonds: Best of Stratovarius Stratovarius Drums
2002 Finnish Jazz 2002 Various Artists Drums
2003 Dreamspace [Bonus Track] Stratovarius Drums
2003 Reflections Apocalyptica Percussion, Drums
2003 Seemann Apocalyptica Percussion
2005 Reflections [Bonus Tracks] Apocalyptica Percussion
2005 Open Eyes Metropol Drums
2006 Amplified: A Decade of ... Apocalyptica Drums
2006 Seasons of Life [Bonus Track] Janita Drums
2006 Approach Von Hertzen Brothers Percussion, Drums
2007 HumppAvanti Avanti Percussion, Drums
2007 Ipanapa, Vol. 1 Various Artists Voices
2009 Pitkä Kirja II Various Artists Drums


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