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Inspired to play at age 12 after receiving his first set of drums, Nir Z went on to study music composition and drums/percussion under Shaul Shoval, and later with David Rich. At 16, he began playing professionally, performing and recording with the top artists in Israel. He toured extensively throughout Israel, while also appearing regularly on national TV. In 1993, Nir Z left behind his very successful career in Israel and moved to New York City. That decision paid off -- he eventually took over the drum throne once held by Phil Collins for Genesis. He has since played on over 80 albums, including John Mayer's Room For Squares. Internationally renowned and respected, Nir Z currently performs and records in North America, Europe, Japan, and Israel.
Some notable album credits also include John Mayer, Blake Shelton, Jason Mraz, Chris Cornell, Wynnona Judd, Billy Squire, John Oats, Hunter Hayes, Katie Armiger, Tracy Lawrence, Love and Theft, and Laura Bell Bundy.