Gordon Rytmeister is one of Australia’s most in-demand drummers with an extraordinary ability to cross every conceivable stylistic boundary. As both an exciting soloist and supportive team player with a driving, natural feel, he brings a unique energy to every performance. Since 2006, Gorodon has been recording and touring as a member of James Morrison’s band.
Gordon started playing drums at thirteen. Initially inspired by hard rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, he quickly developed an interest and passion for an extremely broad range of music styles and in particular, jazz.
Gordon studied jazz at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, during which time he joined Mike Nock’s band and later, The Don Burrows Quartet, gaining extensive international touring and performing experience. Between his travel commitments, he quickly established himself as one of Sydney’s busiest freelance musicians performing everywhere from small clubs to studios and concert halls.
Since then, Gordon has performed with an extraordinarily diverse range of artists including the cream of Australia’s jazz, pop, rock, and country artists and many international acts. These include Lalo Schifrin, Bob Mintzer, Leo Sayer, Bob James, Tom Jones, Bob Florence, The Commodores, Bob Geldof, Barry Harris, Nat Adderley, Maria Schnieder, Lee Konitz, Suzie Quatro, Lionel Richie, Glenn Shorrock, Tina Arena, Roger Frampton, Bobby Shew, Keith Urban, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Dale Barlow, Eartha Kitt, Jimmy Barnes and many more.