Gordon Rytmeister is one of Australia's most in-demand drummers with an extraordinary ability to cross every conceivable stylistic boundary. He brings a unique energy to any performance .
Born in Sydney, in 1968, Gordon started playing drums at age 13. Like many young musicians, his initial inspiration came from the raw rock of bands such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, however, he quickly developed an interest and passion for an extremely broad range of music styles in particular, Jazz .
After leaving school in 1986, he studied at the NSW Conservatorium of Music under Don Burrows. During that time he began playing in Mike Nock's band and later joined The Don Burrows Quartet gaining amazing international touring and performing experience. Between his travel commitments, he quickly became one of Sydney's busiest freelance musicians playing in everything from small clubs to studios and concert halls.
Since then, Gordon has worked with an extraordinarily diverse range of people, including the cream of Australia's Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Country artists and many international acts. These include, Doug Parkinson, James Morrison, Lalo Schifrin, , Glenn Shorrock (from Little River Band), Tina Arena, The Sydney All Star Big Band, Roger Frampton, Bobby Shew, Anthony Warlow, John Foreman, Jimmy Barnes, Ross Wilson, Kate Ceberano, Guy Sebastian,Tommy Emmanuel. To name just a few.
He is a regular contributor to Drumscene magazine, in which he was also the subject of a cover story. He was voted "Pop and Rock Drummer of the Year" in the 1995 Skin Full readers' poll, another magazine in which he was featured.
From 1996 through 2002 Gordon taught drums in the Jazz Degree course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has conducted many educational clinics, workshops and master classes throughout the world for Sabian Cymbals and Yamaha Drums.