Photo by Gaya Schorr.

Photo by Gaya Schorr.

Lesley Mok is a drummer and composer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Lesley began her musical studies at a young age, playing classical piano and flute before turning her attention to the drums at age 14. She immediately gravitated towards improvised music and pursued percussion studies with Akira Tana and Greg Wyser-Pratte during her high school years.

Lesley received her undergraduate and master's degree at Berklee College of Music. During her time there, she was a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, an intensive honors program where she studied with Danilo Pérez, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, and Adam Cruz. 

She has performed in venues in the U.S. and abroad, including the Regattabar, Mezzrow Jazz Club, TedxSanDiego, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, and the Panama Jazz Festival. As a composer, Lesley has written music for ensembles ranging from duos to octets with strings and non-Western instruments.

In the spring of 2018, Lesley worked with the Education Committee and the Committee on Cultural Affairs to increase New York City's overall arts education budget as well as call attention to gender inequality in the performing arts. She has taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Brooklyn Conservatory, The Calhoun School, Berklee City Music, FeduJazz (Dominican Republic), and the Danilo Pérez Foundation (Panamá). 

She is a member of the co-led trio Feral Children (with Noah Becker and Nick Dunston), and leads The Living Collection, a contemporary ensemble that exclusively performs original music.