Chris Theberge
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Chris Theberge


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The best kept secret in music


"New York Times"

...Groove Collective cruises the African Diaspora...airborne Latin-jazz jam, ...Groove Collective's identity lies not in one fixed style but in its capable hospitality to whatever might keep hips swaying. - Jon Pareles

"Entertainment Weekly"

New York City's multiethnic Groove Collective ...delightful, artful music...speaks the international Language of groove A- - Evan Serpick


Selected VideoGraphy/Discography:

2007 Grammy Nominated Groove Collective - People People, Music Music

Bata Drums on LP DVD instructional video.

Guest performer, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band Afro-Cuban rhythm instructional video.

Bata Drums on Wilson "Chembo" Corniel's Debut Album "Chaguoro"

Congas and Bata on Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey "All is one" Live in New York
Released on Knitting Factory Records

Bata Drums and Congas on
Bill Ware's Vibes 4

Turntables on the Hudson, Vol. 3

Jay Rodriguez Batidos
Six Degrees Records

It's All in Your Mind
Groove Collective

Dance of the Drunken Master
Groove Collective

Groove Collective

We The People
Groove Collective

Sketches of Pain
Groove Collective

Groove Collective
Self Titled

Jazz artist Ed Maguire's "Jasmine" on True Space records


Feeling a bit camera shy


Chris “Ifatoye” Theberge has recorded and performed internationally for the past 20 years.
He is cofounder of the Groove Collective, whose uniquely NYC sound has criss-crossed the globe making stops at Switzerland's Montreaux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz, Tokyo's Blue Note and has released albums on Warner Reprise and Universal Impulse!. Chris was born of Argentine and American parents and has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Widespread Panic, Bernie Worell, Chief Rabiu Ayandokun , Eddie Bobé, Fred Wesley, Marc Ribot, Giovanni Hidalgo, George Porter & New Orleans All-stars Jr. & Chucho Valdez.

After graduating from Boston University he performed in Washington D.C. area groups and worked at Patuxent Prison in Jessup, MD and Lorton Correctional Institution in Virginia as Music Coordinator for the Music Therapy Program.

Chris started playing congas with the Giant Step DJ's in the early 90's, and continues to tour regularly in Japan and Europe. He travels yearly to West Africa where he studies Yoruba traditionalism and is currently producing a Yoruba Bata Drumming project which is being recorded in Nigeria. When he is not traveling, Chris teaches drumming to youngsters with Road Recovery and DRUM POWER!, and is a drummer in New York's thriving Santeria Religious Community.

Chris has made various trips to Africa, Cuba, and Dominican Republic to pursue his studies of drumming and in Matanzas, Cuba, was initiated into AÑa, the African-based percussion tradition. He is also a writer and researcher of percussion with published articles and has Endorsements with Latin Percussion (LPMUSIC) and Audix Microphones and is a publisher and writer for ASCAP.