Name: Charles N.
Music Instrument(s) Taught: Drumset, Percussion, Piano
Location: NW Portland (26 and 217)
Charles is an accomplished musician who performs, composes, produces, and engineers music. He has been intense and passionate about music since early childhood. At the age of 6 he began his musical journey by learning piano and being influenced by gospel and jazz music. Later he expanded into the world of drums and percussion. Moving into his teens Charles was starting to engaged in many musical activities and performed in many groups in high school. He played in (by audition only) the All Northwest jazz band and was a featured soloist in the group on vibraphone. Also, he played in the All State Concert Bands for two years. After high school Charles studied and performed around the Inland Northwest until the late 90’s when Charles was accepted to the Berklee College of Music on scholarship and moved to Boston. While at Berklee Charles was awarded the Elvin Jones Scholarship and in May of 2000 Charles graduated “Cum Laude” from the Berklee College of Music.
For the last decade and a half Charles has lived in Portland Oregon performing, writing, producing, recording, and teaching music. “To me Music=Life.” Charles has played with many musicians in the northwest and continues to be an active musician in the Portland area. Furthermore he is constantly working and producing numerous music projects. Charles is passionate about producing and loves working on both sides of the glass in the recording studio. Collaborating with diverse taste allows him to continually broaden and perfect his true love of performing and composing music of all kinds.
“I’m always on a quest to surround my life with music and live my passion for music.” -Charles N.