Bio: Brian Shankar Adler is an Argentine-American drummer, percussionist, composer and bandleader. He is most at home when creating from a drum set augmented with various hand percussion instruments from India and South America. Residing in Brooklyn NY, Adler plays, composes and produces music, some of which has accompanied film, theater, dance and meditation. Critics have noted his "earthy" sound and attention to texture, as well as 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. 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 attended New England Conservatory, and studied with master drummers Billy Hart and Bob Moses who helped him to discover his own voice blending many traditions. Adler has travelled to many parts of the world and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Clear Water Festival (New York), Konex (Buenos Aires), the Ear Shot Jazz Festival (Seattle), Pasinger Fabrik (Munich). He has been featured on WNYC's "New Sounds," at the South by Southwest Festival and recently, on the score of “Of Many,” a film produced by Chelsea Clinton and featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. As a leader, Adler has released five records and currently leads: Shankar, Helium Music Project, Natural Feelings and Prana Trio. He has worked with: Pablo Aslan, Ran Blake, Bombay Rickey, La Bomba de Tiempo, Four Across, Guillermo Klein, Kate McGarry, Elizabeth Swados, Ray Vega, among others. Adler is also a passionate educator and created "A World of Percussion" (Circavision, 2014) a brand of kinesthetic rhythmic education. For more info, visit
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