Gunnar Waage is an Icelandic drumset artist/composer/educator. A Reykjavík native Gunnar started studying classical percussion in 1977 at the age of 12. He then graduated from Music Tech of Minneapolis in 1994. Today, after a career in USA and Mexico Gunnar is back in Iceland where he runs The Gunnar Waage School of Drums where players are offered a degree in drumset playing through highly intensive studys.
Gunnar keeps busy composing and recording music by a drummer and for drummers. His debut album “Phase of matter” included bass player Percy Jones(Brand X, Brian Eno).
The new album “Take it outside” is in the final stages featuring David Garfield(Karizma), Tony Franklin(Derek Sherinian), Jóhann Ásmundsson, Bragi Bragason, Pétur Valgarð Pétursson, Kristinn Einarsson, Ríkharður H. Friðriksson and Ólafur Kristjánsson.This album includes new material along with live material from a concert in Reykjavik in september 2007.
quote; “I am a strong believer in drummers leading their own careers. Why should a drummer spend his whole life in the supportive role? I just feel there are barriers that need to be knocked down when it comes to the drumset. There are things that quite simply have not ben played before.