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Colin Woodford is a composer, percussionist and improviser from Los Angeles. As a student he won full scholarships to music camps at Idyllwild, Berklee, and the Colburn School. He was a Fox/Grammy mentee, received over 20 outstanding soloist awards, and finished third in the Spotlight Awards, the farthest a drummer had yet advanced. At college in Manhattan he was honored with placement in the advanced improvisation ensembles, above his year. Finishing his BFA at California Institute of the Arts, he was allowed to explore his sound-oriented approach to music. With this concern for sound and texture, he has built his two drumsets. He is pursuing an MM at University of Nevada Las Vegas.


Colin has collaborated with dancers, animators, and visual artists, written music for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, notated the façade of spf:Architecture in Culver City, and had pieces premiered by San Francisco Choral Artists and New York chamber group, Loadbang. He works extensively in California new music series’ from San Diego to San Francisco. In February 2011 Colin was in Haukijärvi, Finland as an Arteles fellow where he wrote 4 hours of music including a commission for the House Games Triennial in Jyväskylä. He learned phrasing from George Carlin and Victor Borge, percussion from playing musicals, and his teachers include Joe LaBarbera, John Riley, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Erskine, Jerry Steinholtz, Raynor Carroll, and his father, Peter Woodford.


Colin’s music is deeply invested in the overlap and interplay of music with language. His approach to music has allowed him to lead his own solo projects including a solo cymbal improvisation, a house concert where the house is the instrument, and a web series of ‘other drum solos.’ His supportive playing has also earned access to the indie-improv band ‘Chord Four,’ the contemporary classical ensemble ‘wildUp,’ the afrobeat orchestra ‘Sogo Takeover,’ the Indian/American soul band ‘PremaSoul,’ the standards group ‘Woodford, Ehling, Ratner, and Wallace,’ singer songwriters across Los Angeles, big bands and show orchestras on the Las Vegas strip, as well as creative music greats Wadada Leo Smith, Bennie Maupin, Dwight Trible, Vinny Golia, Larry Koonse, and Darek Oles.