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Ivar de Graaf (born 20 August 1973) is the founder and drummer of the Dutch progressive metal band Kingfisher Sky, but best known as the former drummer of the popular Dutch rock/metal band Within Temptation.

Ivar de Graaf
Birth nameIvar de Graaf
Born (1973-08-20) 20 August 1973 (age 46)
OriginAmsterdam, North Holland
GenresSymphonic metal, symphonic rock
Occupation(s)Drummer, composer, arranger
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1990 -present
Associated actsKingfisher Sky, Within Temptation

Early careerEdit

Ivar de Graaf was born in Amsterdam, and began playing drums at the age of 11. De Graaf followed education at the Haags Montessori Lyceum in The Hague, and was taught to play drums by Charles Schouten who has been the drummer for Kayak for a short period of time. On the HML he frequently performed with Edo van der Kolk and Michiel Parqui around 1990.

Within TemptationEdit

He was asked to be the drummer for Within Temptation 1996, at that the time the band was relatively unknown and began working on their first studio album. De Graaf was credited as the drummer on the Within Temptation albums Enter and on their breakthrough album Mother Earth.

In 2002, just before the German tour in which followed the band to its international breakthrough, he left Within Temptation. This was for musical reasons, he wanted to play more various and challenging drum fills instead of the more similar he experienced in Within Temptation, and develop himself more as a composer an arranger. He was replaced by Stephen van Haestregt

De Graaf has performed with Within Temptation a few times after his departure. He filled in as a substitute at times when van Haestregt was unavailable, and at both the Java Concert in Amsterdam in 2005 and at the Elements Concert in Antwerpen in 2012 he took on stage with other former Within Temptation band members and performed a couple of songs.

Kingfisher SkyEdit

De Graaf is married to singer Judith Rijnveld. Together they worked for three years on a demo which led to the formation of Kingfisher Sky. The first studio album has been released: Hallway of Dreams.

Preceded by
Dennis Leeflang
Drummer for Within Temptation
Succeeded by
Ciro Palma
Preceded by
Ciro Palma
Drummer for Within Temptation
Succeeded by
Stephen van Haestregt
New title Drummer for Kingfisher Sky
since 2001