Brian Adler

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Bio

Brian Adler is a drummer, composer and educator. Often playing a drum set augmented with percussive instruments from India and South America, critics have noted his earthy, nuanced sound, minimalist attention to texture, and his forward thinking rhythmic concepts. “Adler’s music flows organically in pursuit of mystery, movingly existing in an ultimate state of fluidity,” says Jordan Richardson of Canadian Audiophile.

Early Years

Born with the name Shankar, Adler was raised on an ashram where he was immersed in a culture of spiritual learning. It was there, at the age of five that he had his first experience playing music, reciting classical Indian drum syllables and soon accompanying chants on a mridang. He went on to study drum set with Broadway drummer, Dave Ratajczak and later, to New England Conservatory, where Bob Moses and Ran Blake helped him to develop his voice drawing from several traditions.

In New York

Since 2005, Adler has resided in New York City. He has created and presented music in halls, clubs, museums, and sacred spaces including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Smalls, and Joe's Public Theater. He has worked with: Bash the Trash, La Bomba de Tiempo, Chelsea Clinton, Guillermo Klein, Kate McGarry, Kamala Sankaram, Elizabeth Swados, Glen Velez, among others. He has been featured on WNYC's "New Sounds," Jason Bivin's book ""Spirits Rejoice" and has written and performed on various film, commercial and theatrical scores including "Of Many" and "Thumbprint"

Adler currently operates Circavision Productions, a production company and boutique record label that has released ten records with (Shankar), Helium Music Project, Prana Trio as well as others.

Adler teaches privately in Brooklyn, at the Brooklyn Conservatory, Vermont Summer Jazz Workshop, and is a presenter at Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2013, he published A World of Percussion a book that creates and explores windows into rhythmic concepts from around the globe. 

 

 

 

© 2017 Circavision Productions & Brian Adler. All rights reserved. Photo by Daniel Grabowski.

Brian Adler