About

"There are so many ace players in the UK, Richard Kass is one of them...a polyrhythmic monster"

Steve White
(Paul Weller/The Who/Oasis)

Richard Kass has spent his adult life playing and recording with established artists including: Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), Dame Evelyn Glennie, Arild Andersen, Steve Lehman, Trio HLK, John Etheridge, Grammy-Nominee Muhsinah, Sugababes, Haftor Medboe, The Wanted, Horndog Brass Band, John McLaughlin, Leah Gough-Cooper, Danyl Johnson, Dan White/Noisettes, Stanley Odd, Rasmus Stolberg (Efterklang), Homework, B. Dolan, Broken Records, Jud Mahoney (Michael Jackson), Somi, Southern Tennant Folk Union, Adam Holmes and the Embers, Rod Jones (Idlewild), Brandon Santini, The Occasional Flickers, Konrad Wiszniewski, Mark W Georgsson and Carrie Mac.

Born in 1987 in Inverness, he first picked up the sticks in his teenage years when he began playing in high school punk bands. He eventually chose to study music formally at Edinburgh Napier University, where he graduated with First Class honours. During this time he also studied privately with Alyn Cosker and Jojo Mayer.

Kass is currently touring with Trio HLK and Dame Evelyn Glennie, their debut album due for release on May 11th 2018 on Ubuntu Music. In addition he is currently working on his “Drum Interpretations” solo album due for release later in 2018.

He a visiting tutor at Edinburgh College and Edinburgh Napier University.

Richard proudly endorses SABIAN cymbals, Evans drumheads, Porter and Davies tactile monitoring and Camp Percussion Co accessories.

Some Nice Words from others

"Richard Kass is such a great drummer”'

Dame Evelyn Glennie

"Absolutely Insane!"

Misha Mansoor (Periphery)

"I'm really into Rich's playing. He can play stuff that it hurts my brain even thinking about. His brain is capable of processing long, dense shifting polyrhythms, quickly. AND he is a very responsive accompanist and listener."

Ant Law

"It's gratifying when someone you teach really 'gets it' and works hard, but a greater feeling still when that student pushes his learning to the stage where he gives back and surpasses the limits of your own knowledge. That has been my experience of Richard Kass."

Haftor Medøe
Jazz Musician in Residence, Edinburgh Napier University

"Richard Kass is a bad cat.”'

John Colianni
Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Les Paul Quartet

Some nice words in the press

“Drums Genius”
Bridge Jazz

“Kass proves beyond doubt that he is a drumming phenomenon, contributing a muscular, almost punk quality, whilst also demonstrating an astonishing accomplishment in thrilling, brain-trashing polyrhythm”
Scottish Jazz Space

"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."

Limbo Live

“Formidable”
The Scotsman

'Astounding’
Music News

“Ferocious drumming”
All About Jazz