Brian Adler





Brian Shankar 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

Adler grew up in an ashram and remembers his first experience with music at the age of five, reciting classical Indian drum syllables and playing the corresponding finger patterns on his knees. He went on to study with Dave Rataczjak and later, to New England Conservatory, where Bob Moses and Ran Blake helped him to develop his own 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, Harvey Diamond, Four Across, Guillermo Klein, Kate McGarry, Elizabeth Swados, Ray Vega, 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.

As an Educator

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; he is currently working on a follow up book.







© 2016 Circavision Productions & Brian Adler. All rights reserved. Photo by Dan Rous.

Brian Adler