George Lernis

World Percussionist/Composer

Born and raised in Nicosia Cyprus, George Lernis is a world percussionist, drummer, and educator who currently resides in the U.S. Having grown with the musical traditions of the Middle East/Eastern Mediterranean regions and later on getting formal training as a Jazz drummer from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, George is considered to be  bimusical. He has recorded and collaborated with prominent figures such as: John Patitucci, Antonio Sanchez, Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Tiger Okoshi and A Far Cry String Orchestra just to name a few. In 2021 George graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music Global Jazz Institute with his second masters degree in Jazz performance. George’s latest Jazz album ''Between Two Worlds'' featuring world renowned bass player John Patitucci was released on June 10th, 2022.


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"This experiment in Eastern modes-meet-and-embrace-Western jazz traditions is, in a word, charming. Listeners with even the slightest thirst for adventure will be quickly seduced by the swelling rhythms and high-spirited melodies created by Cyprus native George Lernis for a program of improvisation-grounded performances blended with traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music influences." - Jazziz magazine (August 2nd, 2022)

“Rich percussion by George Lernis on sounds that are both danceable and dreamy” - Jazz Weekly (December, 2020)

"George Lernis is a composer with limitless imagination. His outstanding, well constructed compositions convey both the present and the past of Jazz."  Jazz Times (September, 2011)

"Lernis expands upon the restrictive role of timekeeper, playing a naturally flowing amalgamation of shifting rhythms that distinguishes his work from more typical mainstream jazz."  - Drumhead Magazine (September, 2011)

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