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Gavin Harrison started to play the drums at age 6 influenced by his father Bobby, who was a well established jazz trumpet player and part time drummer.

By the age of 11 Gavin studied with show drummer Joe Hodson who taught him how to read and write music along with a solid base of grip and timing techniques.

He started to play professionally at 16 when he left school - and has continued to this day.

His studies continued with ex-Berklee graduate Dave Cutler late into Gavins teenage years and from there on he basically taught himself.

At 19 years old, Gavin joined prog rock band Renaissance and toured America for the first time, he later joined Iggy Pop in 1986 for a world tour.

In the eraly 90s Gavin was starting to gain some real interest in the Italian music scene and started to work with Italys biggest artist Claudio Baglioni in 1992 along side Tony Levin on bass.

After the Italian tour Gavin was invited to join Level 42 for their last tour together and recorded a live album on the last night of the tour.

Later that year he toured Brazil with jazz guitarist Heitor Pereira.

1995 saw Gavin working with a bass playing hero of his Mick Karn from the band Japan. They recorded Micks The Tooth Mother album and then went on a short European tour.

Frequent trips back to Italy to work with Eros Ramazzotti and Claudio Baglioni again and more session work there.

1998 Gavin played a stadium tour with Baglioni again playing to enormous crowds in venues like the Olympic Stadium in Rome (in front of 92,000 people) San Siro in Milan (85,000) and so on around the football stadiums of Italy.

In 2000 Gavin became musical director of UK garage legends Artful Dodger and around this time started to work with the highly acclaimed soul artist Lewis Taylor. Afterwards Gavin played tours with Go West and Lisa Stansfield.

In early 2002 Gavin was invited to join the art rock band Porcupine Tree and has played with them ever since and making several tours of the USA and Europe.

Gavin has written several educational drum methods - the award winning Rhythmic Illusions and Rhythmic Perspectives and two DVD's Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons.

Gavin Harrison won the Modern Drummer Award "Best Prog Drummer" in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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