New York, NY
Swiss born Jojo Mayer started playing drums at an early age. By age 18, he received his first international exposure when touring with Monty Alexander and backing up jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone. In the early 1990s, Mayer moved from Europe to New York City, where he performed with a wide range of artists in various styles. Artists that Mayer has performed with include The Screaming Headless Torsos, Meshell n’dege Occello, DJ Spooky, Emergency Broadcast Network, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Harry Pepl, Gerald Veasley, John Zorn, George Adams, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, John Medeski, Leni Stern, Wolfgang Puschnigg, Friedrich Gulda, Harry Sokal, Steve Coleman’s 5 Elements, and Wah Wah Watson. As the bandleader of NERVE, his concepts and techniques of reverse engineering electronic drumbeats in real time on an acoustic drumset introduced a new paradigm and opened the door for an entire generation of musicians to follow. In 2014, Modern Drummer magazine listed him as one of the “50 Greatest Drummers of All Time.