Australia World Jazz

Evan Yako

Evan Yako stands as a respected Assyrian Australian session
drummer, esteemed educator, and dedicated music producer.
As the driving force behind Real Rhythm Studio in Sydney,
Australia, Evan's profound project, "Healing Through Evan
Yako’s Drumming," ignites the musical spark in young minds,
fostering a transformative connection with the world of rhythm
within school settings.

Evan's exceptional dedication to his cause has garnered him
esteemed recognitions, including the Shayna Humanitarian
Services Award in 2022 and the STARTTS Humanitarian Award
for Best Project in 2015.

Evan's musical journey encompasses an impressive array of
accomplishments. Regarded as a sought-after session and
studio drummer, his rhythmic talents have graced the
compositions of artists from a rich tapestry of cultures and
communities, including Italian, Spanish, African, Middle
Eastern, Persian, Assyrian, Australian, American, Swedish,
Canadian, and Turkish. His drumming has made an indelible
impact on over 50 albums and more than 30 singles and video

Evan's dynamic performances have illuminated esteemed
World Music, Jazz, and Folk festivals, including Peats Ridge,
Blues & Roots, Art Not Apart, the National Folk Festival
Canberra, the Moon Festival, and more. His awe-inspiring
performances have ranged from intimate settings to grand
stages with audiences exceeding 100,000, embracing the
diversity of human connection through rhythm. Notably, Evan
released his original album, "Inspirational Stories," in January
2023, achieving this milestone at the Sydney Opera House.

Evan's historic performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House
stands as a testament to his groundbreaking achievement. He
became the first Assyrian artist to grace its historic stage, a
moment that reverberates throughout the Assyrian
community's history.

From humble beginnings banging pots and pans, Evan's unique
drumming style emerged, setting him apart even in his early
days. His innovative spirit shone through when he auditioned
for a local band armed with plastic buckets, a defining moment
that etched his name into history.

Guided by influences like drumming luminaries Steve Gadd and
Dennis Chambers, Evan has cultivated a mastery of World,
Fusion, and Jazz music. His performances have reached global
audiences through prominent platforms such as Sunrise, Fuel
TV, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and SBS.

Evan Yako is proudly sponsored by Sonor Drums, UFIP Cymbals,
Evan’s Drumheads, and ProMark drumsticks. Residing in Sydney
with his partner Deena and their cherished daughters, Melody
and Harmony, Evan's personal journey intertwines with his
musical endeavors.

Among his many achievements, Evan's featured spread in
Drumscene magazine (Issue 105) marks a pivotal milestone.
This feature boldly claimed eight pages, celebrating his
distinction as the first Assyrian/Iraqi drummer to be featured in
Drumscene magazine, Australia's number one Drum magazine.
Evan's narrative, from busking in Baghdad to nurturing rhythm
within refugee children, captured the nation's attention,
gracing 100 newspapers across Australia and the esteemed SBS

In partnership with the Department of Education in Australia,
Evan humbly extends his expertise to impact young lives
through music education. He visits 6 high schools in Sydney
each week, teaching 150 students, and over the last nine years,
his "Healing Through Evan Yako’s Drumming" program has
reached over 4,000 students, cultivating rhythm, connection,
and personal growth.

Evan's dedication to his craft and his enduring impact on the
music realm and his community weave a tapestry of rhythm,
dedication, and inspiration that resonates far and wide.


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Photo by : Kwa Nguyen