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Johnbern Thomas

Johnbern THOMAS was born on August 1st, 1986 in Croix-des-Bouquets, a commune situated north of the capital of Haiti, a corner of the county where music is constantly in the lives of the residents. At a very young age, his father also a drummer gave him his first drumming lessons.

Born, in a family of evangelicals, Johnbern would have his first drumming experiences at age 12, playing with his father’s band . In school, he always got reprimanded because he wouldn’t stop beating drums on the benches and chairs. Johnbern, also plays other percussion instruments, but drums will always be his instrument of choice. After meeting several musicians well known in Haitian music scene his life changed and permitted him to veer towards other types of music, most notably Jazz. Other musicians such as Claude CARRE, Aaron GOLDBERG, Joel and Mushy WIDMAIER, Pierre BONCY, Mark Richard MIRAND gave him his love for Jazz.

Like many Haitians, after the January 12th, 2010 earthquake Johnbern was left with destruction and desolation. He left for the Dominican Republic where he continued to develop his talents especially in Jazz. He played with some renowned Dominican artist who recognized his talent. During his stay in the neighboring country, he cultivated relationships with artists such as: Miguel Andres TEJEDA, Fella VEGA, Rafael MIRABAL, and Sandy GABRIEL. One of these collaborations led to a turn in his career were he participated as a special guest with the Rafael Miral (Symtema Temporado) group, next to Richard Bona in October 2011. Since, he has formed the John Bern Quartet with Patrice PIERSAINT, Jonathan PINA and Reynold SANON. Their objective was to form a fusion with Haitian and Dominican music. Unfortunately, this collaboration didn’t last.

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