Idris Hester learned at an early age that he could tap into the pulse and heartbeat of the universe and use it to answer life's deepest questions. He fully realized his place in the universe and the rich rhythm that occurred through every living thing. This sense of belonging and purpose helped him through the most difficult moments in his life.
Idris, at age 8 through his college years, performed and entertained as a drummer and percussionist, with marching, concert and jazzbands, orchestras, and churches. He then moved on to performing various styles of music, i.e., Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Blues,Funk, Jazz, Latin bands, and Fusion cross overs.
Hester spent years developing his published guide entitled “Drummunication: A Transformational Experience”(DATE)”. He designed this health and holistic wellness guide to help energize minds, bodies and souls. He instructs people to heal and care for themselves through percussion and the power of the drum, while keeping in mind that healing has a community base. Added to his many musical accomplishments, Hester's unique brand of percussion therapy has transformed many lives. A Shamanic angelic practitioner and drum-circle facilitator, one of his major accomplishment is the power to teach a wide diverse group of people from many families, communities, cultures, nationalities,and countries. The outcome has been overwhelming with a positive response.
Some of his influences are, Mongo Santamaria, Eddie (Bongo) Brown,Ralph McDonald, Larry Washington, Poncho Sanchez, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow,Alex Acuna, Tito Puente, the Escovedos, Buddy Rich, Joe Morello, Art Blakely,Billy Cobham, Stix Hooper, Harvey Mason, Ed Thigpen and Omar Hakim. He also hasa love for Composers/Arrangers such as Quincy Jones, Yanni, Henry Mancini,Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bert Bacharach, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, WC Handy,Undine Smith Moore. All the Jazz greats have had a positive influence on his performing style.
Idris is known as one of the complete, universal, premier master drummers and percussionists. He has a definite worldly style sound of his own. He spiritually, mentally, physically,and emotionally exudes a natural burst of energy, a flare with coldness of ice and a smoothness of silk.
His home base is Los Angeles, California.