Achim (b.1979) has always heard and played rhythms everywhere,
the drums were a logical choice for him. At age 12, he started
playing, adding more and more percussion instruments along
the way. Especially during the Master program he attended
at the Amsterdam Conservatorium, where he specialized in
tabla, sabar and djembé.
After graduation, he studied in New York City for three
months (on a Dutch scholarship). In this period, he was
taught by master drummers Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts,
Jim Black, Joey Baron, and Billy Martin. He also worked
on the combination of drums and tabla rhythms with Dan Weiss
and Samir Chatterjee.
Achim is the drummer for a variety of Dutch bands beside
earswideopen: singer Anne Chris, at the Floating Jazz Sessions,
the Convocation Bigband, the Daan Herweg Trio, Twitching
Eye (percussion) Trio, and Multifoon. With the last two
ensembles, he produced musical theatre shows ‘Romeo
& Julia in India’ and ‘Trommelvuur’(drumfire).