Greg Fox

Rhythmic Excavation 

“Listener and player; a transformative rather than performative force.”

Greg Fox is a multi-instrumentalist, interdisciplinary artist, and teacher born and based in New York City. A versatile and prolific creative, he moves through musical stages as both listener and player, a transformative rather than performative force.

As a drummer with hundreds of credits on obscure records, Fox is well-known in the lesser-known. He has toured, recorded, and released numerous records with Liturgy, Guardian Alien, ZS, Ex Eye, Skeletons, Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, Colin Stetson, Ben Frost, and many more. His reputation is that of the elevated beast, the one who plays fast and loud and expresses himself at the extremes and in the extremes. That’s not wrong. Yet Fox is also a slow theorist, a musician aware of those who came before him, and a teacher of drumming, with students all over the world.

Exorcise. Ex Eye (Colin Stetson, Toby Summerfield, Shahzad Ismaily, Greg Fox). CTM 2017 Festival. © CTM / Stefanie Kulisch 2017

Any sound, repeated quickly, becomes a sustained tone. Any sound, slowed down, starts to beat. Music is the line between these two points, the wave that lives between the terminal ends of voice and drum. That’s where you’ll find Greg Fox. Music journalist Sasha Frere-Jones wrote about him in 2020: “He remains a student himself, open-minded, honest, and willing. He has worked with drummers like Thurman Barker (Mighty Joe Young, Marvin Gaye, Cecil Taylor), Guy Licata (Drummers Collective, Jojo Mayer, Jim Chapin), Marvin “Bugalu” Smith (James Brown, Sun Ra, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus), and Milford Graves . Fox has a practice that goes beyond drumming—he is a certified professional coach who focuses on transformational life changes. He helps people find their rhythms, in behavior, mind, and spirit.

The Gradual Progression, 2017. Album cover by Tauba Auerbach
Contact, 2020. Album cover by Emma Kohlmann


As a mentor, Fox is looking for candidates who are interested in using rhythm to explore time and space, whether in music or art practice. “This invitation is not only being offered to musicians and drummers, I’m open to all types of creative practices, whatever you might be doing.”

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