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Brian Adler: Radioactive Landscapes EP

Read "Radioactive Landscapes EP" reviewed by Troy Dostert

As was evident on his previous EP releases from 2016, Binary and Mysteries of the Deep, percussionist Brian Adler enjoys working with conceptual frameworks for his compositions. On Binary, he explored the possible interactions between human-and computer-based creativity, and on Mysteries he drew thematic inspiration from the world of Eastern spirituality. These investigations allowed him to explore his intersecting interests in a range of musical styles and genres, not to mention instrumentation, with Indian percussion and classical forms utilized within ...

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Brian (Shankar) Adler: Binary & Mysteries of the Deep

Read "Binary & Mysteries of the Deep" reviewed by Troy Dostert

For those seeking a bit of metaphysical speculation with their jazz, one could benefit from giving these two new EPs from drummer Brian (Shankar) Adler a careful listen. A thoughtful, creative percussionist, Adler is eager to explore the big questions in his music, and his use of complex rhythmic structures and instrumentation from other traditions (particularly Indian carnatic music) lends an additional layer of interest to his work. The first of the two releases, Binary, is a project ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Mysteries Of The Deep and Binary from Brian (Shankar) Adler

Read "Mysteries Of The Deep and Binary from Brian (Shankar) Adler" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The compact disc probably won't disappear anytime soon, but the importance of the physical product is on the wane in the music world. Drummer Brian (Shankar) Adler works the “digital download only" mode of operation in his music-making sojourn, with two marvelous, mysterious, free-flowing EP sets, Mysteries of the Deep and Binary. Brian Shankar Adler Mysteries Of The Deep Circavision Productions 2016 Adler is one of those rare percussionists who takes the rhythmic ...

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Brian Adler: The Helium Project Phase 5

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The latest chapter in the musical life of intrepid percussionist and composer Brian Adler springs to life in a most auspicious manner on “Up For Air," part of Adler's ongoing Helium Music Project--comprised solely of downloadable tracks, each featuring a different set of collaborators, recorded in different places, yet with the same musical goals in mind. Ostensibly a collaboration between Adler and trumpeter Matt Holman, “Up For Air" features a nimble, interactive quintet with Holman in an appealing front line ...

INTERVIEW

Brian Adler: A World of Percussion

Read "Brian Adler: A World of Percussion" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Brian Adler is truly both a drummer and a percussionist--in his world, the drum set coexists peacefully with a dizzying array of ethnic percussion instruments as equal partners in a myriad of musical possibilities. His work with vocalist Sunny Kim in the Prana Trio--which also includes a rotating cast of guest artists such as Frank Carlberg, Stomu Takeshi, Carmen Staaf, and Jeremy Udden--is a case in point. His nimble, sensitive approach to the drum set is matched only by his ...

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Take Five With Brian Adler

Read "Take Five With Brian Adler" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Brian Adler: Drummer Brian Adler is well-versed in many forms of improvised music including jazz, avant-garde, folk, and Indian music. He is known for his uniquely delicate, earthy sound and sparseness on the drums. Brian has shared the stage with Ran Blake, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave “Fuze" Fiuczynski, Dave Holland, Erik Lawrence, Joe Lovano, Kate McGarry, Ray Vega as well as many others. He is the backbone of Prana Trio and is the founder of Circavision Productions. Brian holds a ...


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