Christos Asonitis was born in Athens-Greece on December 14, 1974. As a child and as a teenager he was drowned into rock music but he never thought that one day he would play a musical instrument. One day one of his classmates proposed him to make a rock band and everything began from that point on. At the age of 16 he bought his first drum kit and started playing with his friends making his first rehearsals and recordings.
From 1994 to 1999 he studied drums at the Conservatory of Filippos Nakas in Athens (Greek Department of Berklee College of Music). There, under the influence of his educator and drum mentor Spyros Panagiotopoulos, he listened to jazz music for the first time and his musical concerns were starting to be changed.
He made his first live appearances with the rock band Suddenly and in 1998 he joined the rock group of Petros Theotokatos. Together they played for three years all over Greece, made appearances on the Greek TV, participated in Rock Festivals such as Athens Rockwave Festival 1998, 23th River Party Festival 2001 and recorded Theotokatos’ second album “I Eleytheria De Nikietai”. He played also for the rock bands Lefkes Nichtes, Positron and Skies.
After many years as an independent professional musician (collaborations with Mario Frangoulis, Manos Lidakis, Dimitris Maramis, Vasilis Kazoulis etc.), he decided to dedicate his career to jazz and latin music.
From 2007 until 2012 he shared the stage with numerous musicians of the Greek jazz scene. At the same time he worked as a drum educator in conservatories and schools, as a clinician and workshop coach. He participated in projects such as: Jazz On T.A.P., Yorgos Krommydas Organ Trio, Yiorgos Psihoyios Group, Miranda Verouli & Desafinados, Lito Voyatzoglou Quartet, Antenor Bogea, Free Time Quartet, Swinging Fish, Black Coffee, Fabio Cruz, Yannis Arzimanoglou Gagabunga Group performing in Greece, United Arabic Emirates, Cuba and Cyprus and recording studio albums. The album “O Grande Amor” which he recorded with Free Time Quartet and Miranda Verouli is the only one in the Greek music history which contains exclusively Brazilian pieces being performed only by Greek musicians. With the jazz project Jazz On T.A.P together with Nikos Terzakis and Yannis Papadopoulos he played intensively for four years and appeared in plenty of live clubs and concerts in Greece. The band released in March 2012 its debut album “Jazz On T.A.P” with a live presentation at the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens.
His first musical experiences outside of Greece began in 2011, when he visited Rio de Janeiro in order to have classes for Brazilian rhythms. He was taught by famous Brazilian drummers-percussionists such as Marcos Suzano, Robertinho Silva, Kiko Freitas and Cassio Cunha. Ηis acquaintance with Freitas changed his way of studying and interpetating music.
In 2011 and 2012 he traveled also to Cuba and stayed there for a total period of two months. During this time he attended in Havana master classes for percussion and drums in Cuban and Afro Cuban music, he met great musicians during concerts and he appeared in the local music scene of Havana participating in jam sessions. Great drummers taught him such as the legendary drummer of Irakere Enrique Pla, the professor of E.N.A. (Escuela Nacional de Artes) and author Jose Eladio Amat and one of the best Cuban drummers of the modern era Ramses Rodriguez.
Christos attended also master classes by the American jazz drummers Ron Savage, Billy Hart and Jeff Ballard.
In 2012 he moved to Munich, Germany. Very soon he made his appearance in the local music scene playing for the group of Colombian jazz guitarist Nicolas Delgado and for the quintet “Elena Baumann and Friends” with concerts in Germany and Russia. He has shared the stage with Marcio Tubino (BRA), Augusto Aguilar (PER), Cadu de Andrade (BRA), Peter Tuscher (DEU), Juan Jose Chuquisengo (PER), Omar Kabir (USA), Chris Lachotta (DEU), Tizian Jotzt (DEU), Sandra Nahabian (ARG), Cristina Galvez (CHL) Ciro Trindade (BRA), Michael Hornstein (DEU), Götz Grünberg (DEU), Anton Berlev (RUS), Dora Ileana Torres (CUB) and many more. He currently plays as a sideman for “Roma Termini”, a jazz quartet of the Italian saxophonist Alessandro De Santis and for the German singer/composer and enja records artist Jasmin Bayer.
In 2013 he was accepted by the University of Music and Performing Arts of Munich for Master Studies (Master of Music/ Jazz Drums) under the guidance of Professor Werner Schmitt. He finished his studies with a graduation concert in 2015 with excellent grades.
In 2014 during his master studies he formed his own group together with young musicians from Munich. Since 2015 he plays as a guest musician in duo together with his wife the Cuban pianist Yamile Cruz Montero presenting the project “Piano Forte Cubano”, which is based on piano pieces by Cuban classical and contemporary composers. In 2016 was invited by Gabriel Drums during the International Music Exhibition in Frankfurt am Main and gave a drum clinic about the “Cuban-diddles”, which he invented. In the same year he took a credit as the drummer of Jasmin Bayer’s debut album “Summer Melodies”, produced by the jazz record label enja. The album received excellent reviews and was included in many playlists on the German Radio. During the summer of 2016 he made a tour in Cuba as a member of the Salsa Band of the University of Music and Performing Arts of Munich with concerts in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Trinidad. In January 2018 will be released by Timezone Records his debut album as a bandleader “An Ode To The Light”.
Christos is an endorser of Gabriel Drums, Vic Firth drumsticks and Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals. He currently teaches drums and percussion in private basis and also at Kreativ Musikforum in Munich.
Most important concerts:
Museum of Fine Arts of Cuba 2011 and 2016, Dubai World Music Festival 2011, 4th International Jazz Meeting Kostas Kouvidis 2011, Tinos Jazz festival 2009 and 2011, 1st Jazz Marathon Athens Festival 2011, Athens European Jazz Festival 2010, Limassol Music Festival 2007, Rematia Jazz Festival 2012, Russian Tour with Elena Baumann & Friends 2014, Brazilian Days in Munich 2014, KLANGfest Munich 2016, 35th and 36th Bayerisches Jazzweekend Regensburg (2016, 2017), Cuban Tour with the HMTM Salsaband (2016).