Achim Heine was born in Solingen, Germany, in 1979. After a childhood and youth full of music he studied drums at first privately with Helge Zumdieck in Bremen, then since september 2000 at conservatories in the netherlands (Rotterdam, then Amsterdam). He took lessons from Hans van Oosterhout, Lucas van Meerwijk, Marcel Serierse and Martijn Vink. In the summer of 2004 he completed his studies. At the moment he is the steady drummer in different jazz and groove bands in Amsterdam. Besides the drums he is dedicated to the djembe, the sabar, the mbira and the tabla, and especially composing at the piano. He is founder (together with Hannes Riepler) and bandleader of The MonKy TRee.
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