Lesley Mok is a drummer, composer, and improviser based in Brooklyn, NY, having obtained a B.A. and M.A. in Contemporary Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Ben Street. Collaborating with artists such as Jen Shyu, Cory Smythe, and Tomeka Reid, Lesley has honed a unique voice as a drummer and percussionist by employing a dynamic range of timbres and orchestrations. She is deeply inspired by the Cuban rumba tradition, often playing in sparse counterpoint to others in an ensemble and choosing to highlight choice moments in the music.
Mok’s work has been recognized by many performing ensembles and organizations. She is the winner of the 2021 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Composer Award, the 2021 Van Lier Fellowship at the Asian American Arts Alliance, and a participant in JACK Studio 2021.