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Brian Shankar Adler
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Brian Adler is a jazz drummer, world percussionist and composer.
Argentine-American percussionist Brian Shankar Adler had his first musical experience at
the age of five, studying Indian music. He grew up in upstate New York and was taught to
recite classical Indian drum syllables and play the corresponding finger patterns on his
knees before picking up a drum. Adler later took to the trap drum set, on which he began
to develop connections between Eastern and Western music.
Adler attended New England Conservatory, where he studied with Billy Hart, among others who helped him discover his own voice incorporating jazz, Indian, South American and western classical traditions. Adler's understanding of these various rhythmic traditions contribute to his earthy and melodic approach to the drums.
Brian has toured various countries and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Thelonious (Buenos Aires), the Ear Shot Jazz festival (Seattle), and Passinger Fabrik (Munich). He has accompanied various film and modern dance projects and has been featured on B.E.T., South By Southwest (SXSW) and the International 60/60 Dance Festival.
In 2002 Adler started Circavision Productions, a record label and production company that has since, released seven albums, one book and over a dozen tours.
His first project as a leader was Prana Trio, a group drawing from the ancient texts of Rumi, Hafiz, Lao Tzu, Kabir, Issa and others. Prana Trio has released three critically acclaimed albums and has toured throughout the US and Europe. Brad Walseth of Jazz Chicago wrote: Beautiful and haunting... with finger on the pulse of humanity, Prana Trio speaks of the universality of poetry and music across many cultures.
During a 2009 trip to Argentina, Adler began his most recent band The Helium Music Project. This band brings his most personal ideas, influences and compositions to life as they explore jazz and world music without borders. Through this project, he has collaborated with an international group of musicians including: Benedikt Jahnel, Kate McGarry, Rodrigo Dominguez, Dave Eggar and others.
Adler has performed and recorded with: Pablo Aslan, Gene Bertoncini, Ran Blake, Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Carlberg, Gerard Edery, Dave Fiuczynski, Wendy Gilles, Mark Helias, Kelley Suttenfield, Stomu Takeishi, Ray Vega, Alper Yilmaz and others.
In addition to performing and composing, Adler is a passionate educator. He recently published A World of Percussion, a book that encourages its participants to explore sound and rhythm through various percussion instruments, while learning about music from around the world. Adler has offered clinics at schools and universities throughout North and South America. He currently teaches privately and coordinates a percussion program for children with special needs with the Hoff Barthelson Music School. He is also a member of Bash The Trash, a program that teaches children about music through the construction of instruments out of recycled materials.