Growing up in New Jersey, Eva Friedman began playing the drums through an odd series of events including an unlikely heel injury and a distinct inability to play the trumpet. She dove in head first, immersing herself in as many genres and styles as she could. From marching band to jazz to pop to fusion to rock, every challenge was an opportunity to grow.
In 2014, after studying with a handful of the best teachers New Jersey had to offer, Eva packed her bags and relocated to the west coast, moving forward under the tutelage of renowned drum instructor Fred Dinkins.
More recently, Eva can be found performing on some of the world’s largest award show stages, and played alongside Ringo Starr and others in the XQ “Come Together” music video last year. Additionally, she will be featured in the June 2018 issue of DRUM! Magazine, and was written up in Autostraddle earlier this year for her appearance at the 90th Academy Awards. Friedman has served both as a sought after studio and live drummer for multiple artists, as well as for her own project, Staircase Spirits, who were one of Substream Magazine’s 2017 unsigned “Substream Approved” bands to watch. In addition, she is a recurring staple at the Viper Room’s weekly renowned Sunset Jam.
Eva hopes to see the world from behind the drum set and inspire other young girls and women to create space for themselves in not only the world of music, but the world of drumming as well.