Argentine-American percussionist/composer Brian Shankar Adler had his first musical experience at the age of five, studying North Indian music. Adler went on to study percussion at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Billy Hart, Billy Higgins, Danilo Pérez, Bob Moses, among others who helped him discover his own voice incorporating jazz, Indian, South American and western classical traditions. Adler’s understanding of these four various rhythmic traditions contribute to his uniquely earthy and melodic approach to the drums.
Since then, Brian has toured around the world and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Thelonious (Buenos Aires), the Ear Shot Jazz festival (Seattle), and Passinger Fabrik (Munich). Dave Wayne of Jazz Review.com wrote: “Adler is an amazing instrumentalist who has seemingly mastered all aspects of percussion… his bubbling, percolating rhythms carry the music forward in the most graceful possible ways.”
In 2002 Adler started Circavision Productions, a record label and production company that has released 12 albums. His music has accompanied various film and dance projects and has been featured on B.E.T., South By Southwest (SXSW) and the International 60/60 Dance Festival.
The following year, he and vocalist Sunny Kim founded Prana Trio, a group drawing from the ancient texts of Rumi, Hafiz, Lao Tzu, Kabir, Issa and others. Prana Trio has released three critically acclaimed albums –The Singing Image of Fire (2010), Pranam (2006) and After Dark (2004) — and has toured throughout the US and Europe. Brad Walseth of Jazz Chicago wrote: “Beautiful and haunting… with finger on the pulse of humanity, Prana Trio speaks of the universality of poetry and music across many cultures.”
While touring throughout Argentina in the summer of 2009, drummer/composer Brian Adler began to organize a musical project called Helium with which, possessing a high binding energy, can take any physical form. The New York permutation of the group transcends the known boundaries of jazz and world music and highlights Adler’s love for South American and Indian rhythmic interplay, texture, and soulful melodies. “A delightfully uplifting representation of [Adler's ] musical philosophy,” says Alex Ariff of All About Jazz.
Trumpet- Josh Deutsch
Saxophone- Nick Kadajski
Piano- Danny Fox
Bass- Mark Lau
Drums/Percussion- Brian Adler
Brian Adler Band Terraza 7. Wednesday September 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm
$5 Cover for Mezzanine