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Brian Shankar Adler

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Brian Adler is a jazz drummer, world percussionist, composer, curator and producer.

Argentine-American drummer and 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. He later took to the trap drum set, and began to develop connections between Eastern and Western music.

Adler attended New England Conservatory, where he studied with Billy Hart, and Bob Moses among others who helped him discover his own voice incorporating jazz, Indian, South American and western classical traditions.

Brian has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Thelonious (Buenos Aires), the Ear Shot Jazz festival (Seattle), and Passinger Fabrik (Munich). He has played, produced, curated, and directed music for various mediums including film and dance and has been featured on B.E.T., South By Southwest and at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2002, Adler founded Circavision Productions, a record label and production company that has since, released seven albums, one book and hundreds of performances.

His first project as a leader was Prana Trio, an avant-garde ensemble drawing from the sacred poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, Lao Tzu, Kabir, and others. Prana Trio released three critically acclaimed albums and toured throughout the US and Europe.

The Helium Music Project, takes a more open form and explores Adler's concepts, diverse influences and melodically driven compositions. Through the Helium Music Project, he has worked with an international group of musicians including: Benedikt Jahnel, Kate McGarry, Rodrigo Dominguez, Dave Eggar and others.

In addition, Adler has performed and recorded with: Pablo Aslan, Gene Bertoncini, Ran Blake, La Bomba de Tiempo, Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Carlberg, Gerard Edery, Dave Fiuczynski, Wendy Gilles, Julie Hardy, Mark Helias, Carmen Staaf, Stomu Takeishi, Ray Vega, Alper Yilmaz and others.

Brian Adler is also a passionate educator. He published A World of Percussion, runs a private teaching practice, and travels to schools and universities offering masterclasses. He currently coordinates a music program for children with special needs with the Hoff Barthelson Music School. He is also a member of Bash The Trash, an organization that teaches children about music through the construction of instruments out of recycled materials.

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