Chris Vatalaro


Chris Vatalaro is an immensely creative drummer and percussionist, originally from upstate New York, US, and now is based in London, UK.  A multi-instrumentalist, Vatalaro has been playing in ‘Antibalas’ since 2003.  Known for his amalgamation of orthodox and experimental approaches, he originally started studying music in nursery school and throughout his life has had a great deal of formal training.  Currently, he tours with Imogen Heap, and other sideman duties include Richard Fairhurst (Babel UK), Elysian Fields (Naive), Adem, Basquiat Strings, Matana Roberts (CCI), Sam Amidon, Project Jenny/Project Jan, Clara Sanabras, Red Heart the Ticker, Tom Arthurs (BBC new Generation Artist), Rebecca Collins, Julia Biel, Michael Cain trio with Lonnie Plaxico, John Dieterich, Devin Hoff, Ralph Alessi, Cenk Ergun, Stuart Bogie’s Superhuman Happiness, Colin Stetson, Oren Bloedow, Stewart Copeland, Camille, Beyondo, Foals, Teo Macero, Shane Endsley, Joan Labarbera and ne(x)tworks, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Vatalaro can be heard on recordings on the Anti/Epitaph, Muzak/Enja, Naxos and Nonesuch labels.