Christopher Poudrier playing drums

Christopher Poudrier

Part Time Lecturer

Music

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College of Visual & Performing Arts 204


Education

1981 UMass Amherst BM

Teaching

  • Latin Jazz Ensemble
  • Applied Drumset

Biography

Drummer/ Percussionist Chris Poudrier’s career has spanned forty years. Not feeling limited or bound to a specific genre, his passion and love of music affords him the opportunity to play in all styles at a creative and inspiring level.

Poudrier graduated cum laude from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. His endorsements include Istanbul Agop Cymbals and Regal Tip Drum Products. In addition to his work as UMD's drum set professor and being musical director for the UMass Dartmouth Latin-Jazz “ Vision” Ensemble, Poudrier has been invited several times to perform as guest faculty at the Berklee College of Music’s Annual Percussion Festival. His interests extend beyond the drumming world: he is an active composer, plays the Irish Uilleann pipes, and is an accomplished Irish Bodhran player.

The list of international, national, and regional artists he has worked with include: Dave Liebman, Tony Monaco, Karl Berger, Clyde Criner, Santi Debriano, Billy Preston, John Lockwood, Michael Gregory, Shawnn Monteiro, Bruno Raberg, Tim Ray, Bruce Gertz, Dino Govoni, Assif Tsahar, Jim Robitaille, Bruce Bartlett, Brad Hatfield, Phil Grenadier, Dave Limina, Bobby Keyes, Chiara Chivello, Alon Yavnia, Fernando Huergo, Greg Abate, Bob Nieske, Matt Richard, Sophia Koutsovitis, Jane Miller, John Harrison III, Armsted Christian, Akili Jamal Haynes, and the late Rick Britto among many others.

Chris Poudrier's work is documented on many recordings and he can be seen performing live in the greater Boston area on a weekly basis.

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