Available: 5:00-9:00 Wednesdays

Born in June 25, 1990 in Kathmandu, Kismat D. Shrestha started playing drums at the age of 6 and he hasn’t looked back ever since. It all started after he joined his brother’s band playing Metallica religiously. Trying to emulate Lars Ulrich was how he learnt to play drums at the beginning. Soon after, he got into Extreme Metal music closely following the likes of Derek Roddy & George Kollias.

A big change in his playing and musicality came after he joined the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory in 2008 where he was exposed to the best of jazz music. Playing with different visiting teachers from abroad, playing in Combos, learning music theories, jazz theories, jazz history, piano and the like further helped him hone his musical skills and take his understanding of music, especially jazz to a whole
new level.

Kismat's enduring passion and overpowering dedication towards learning music finally came to the fore once he got the offer to play the drums in the eastern classical and jazz fusion band called "Urjazz” led by Mariano Abello, the Director of KJC himself who mentored him earlier on. Kismat played in different venues with Urjazz and toured Finland in 2010 with the band to play in the World Music
Festival, which was his first international exposure. Being a free flowing jazz musician, there has been no dearth of opportunities for Kismat to learn and play with national and international musicians. Among many, participating in an intensive workshop with the world renowned jazz educator Dr. Gene Aitken in October 2012 has come as something that has changed Kismat's perspective on jazz music for the better. Kismat has shared the stage with great musicians from the likes of Dario Eskenazi, Jamie Baum, Phil Tweed, Rainer
Pusch, Sachal Vasandani, Natalia Calderon among others. Besides, Kismat has played in "Jazzmandu" festival, the Kathmandu Jazz Festival regularly since its 2008 edition.

Though deeply rooted in jazz then on, Kismat has a burgeoning repertoire of having played his part in different genres of music be it for bands, independent artists or for recording sessions as a freelancer. One of them is reggae. Kismat played in the band “Joint Family Internationale”, one of the well known reggae bands coming out of Kathmandu. With this band he extensively toured India and

Late in 2012, Kismat got an opportunity to get back to the genre he started off with. When Kismat got an offer to be a band member of “Albatross”, one of the most popular and influential rock groups in Nepal. Kismat wasted no time to grab this opportunity with both hands gleefully. Albatross in its decade long history has amassed a huge fan base in and outside Nepal with several of their songs firmly
imprinted in the annals of Nepali rock music. With Albatross Kismat has extensively toured Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, London, India, Bangladesh, the USA and played some of the biggest music festivals such as the South By South West (SXSW) in Austin, South Asian Bands Festival in Delhi, South Asian RockFest in Dhaka to name a few. 

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Zach Eyl

Available: 5:00-9:00 Mondays

Zach has been playing drums for 14 years. Born and raised in North Dakota, Zach grew up playing in the high school pep band and playing shows with rock bands around the state. 

In the fall of 2014, Zach decided to pursue a degree in percussion. He moved to St. Paul and began his time at McNally Smith College of Music. Zach found himself surrounded by a plethora of amazing musicians and drummers and used them as a catalyst to kick his own practice and learning into over drive. McNally Smith provided Zach with the opportunity to play in a wide range of projects. He joined local metal band The Culture Of in November of 2014 and pop project Madd Oso soon after. Both were instrumental in the development of Zach's playing style because they stretched his playing in different directions. In the Summer of 2016 Zach joined the McNally Smith Latin Ensemble where he met teacher Shai Hayo. Through this experience he started playing with local Cumbia band Alma Andina and has been with them ever since. 

Zach prides himself on his versatility on the drums and hopes to pass that along to his students. During his time at McNally Smith, Zach discovered a passion for teaching that rivaled his love for performing. He's been trained in several pedagogical teaching styles which enhance his ability to provide tailored instruction to his students. His lessons are comprehensive, student tailored and fun! 


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