Brian Adler





Brian Adler is a drummer, composer, educator and bandleader. 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 philosphical 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 ritual and learning. It was there, at the age of five that he had his first experience playing music, reciting classical Indian drum syllables and eventually playing them on a mridang. He went on to study drum set with 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, studios, and sacred spaces including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Smalls, and Joe's Public Theater. He has worked with: Bash the Trash, Bombay Rickey, La Bomba de Tiempo, Four Across, Guillermo Klein, Kate McGarry, Elizabeth Swados, Glen Velez, among others. He has been featured on WNYC's "New Sounds," on various film, commercial and theatrical scores including “Of Many,” a film produced by Chelsea Clinton and shown at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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

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 and educational concept that creates and explores windows into rhythmic concepts from around the globe. 




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Brian Adler