Christos Rafalides



Christos was born and raised in Greece, where he completed his studies in classical percussion. After receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, he moved to Boston, attaining a BA in Jazz Vibraphone Performance and later moved to New York, where he graduated from Manhattan School of Music earning his MA in Jazz Vibraphone Performance. Highlights of his career include performances with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, a US tour with the Charles Mingus ‘Epitaph’ Band featuring bassist Christian McBride and conductor Gunther Schuller, a recording with the Harmony Ensemble of NY of Henry Mancini’s ‘Peter Gunn’ featuring Lew Soloff, Ronnie Cuber and Victor Lewis, recordings with vocalist Chaka Khan and a duo performance at Carnegie Hall with pianist Sergio Salvatore. For several years he has been a guest faculty member at the ‘Zeltsman Marimba Festival’ and he is endorsed by Musser Vibraphones, Mike Balter mallets, Pearl and makes his home in New York City.


Demonstration of how to combine the Pearl MalletStation with an acoustic Musser M55 in a trio setting (with bass and drums). Tapping into the vast opportunities that this combination introduces, while creatively dealing with the challenges of writing and performing music for this unique set up. Four mallet technique and exercises to develop independence between left and right hand, seen under the new light of having to perform on two instruments simultaneously.



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August 30, 2019