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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 and a book of world percussion études.
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 the Helium Music Project, which has become his testing ground for new ideas. His Helium Music Project is a global series with an international network of players including: Benedikt Jahnel, Kate McGarry, Rodrigo Dominguez, Sunny Kim, and others. The project highlights Adler’s uplifting musical philosophy as well as his love for rhythmic riddles, conversing textures, and soulful melodies.
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 committed to doing outreach as a teaching artist. He is a member of Bash The Trash, an educational program that teaches children about music through the construction of instruments out of recycled materials. He has offered clinics at the Universtity of Oregon, NYU and Jersey City University and he coordinates a percussion program for special needs kids in Yonkers, NY with the Hoff Barthelson Music School.