Brian Adler





Brian Adler is a drummer, percussionist, composer and educator. Most at home playing a set of drums augmented with found objects and 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. It was there, at the age of five that he had his first experiences and training with music, reciting classical Indian drum syllables and accompanying chants on a mridang. As a young adult, he traced his family lineage to Argentina and Eastern Europe finding and developing connections to their musical traditions as well. Adler pursued his studies at the New England Conservatory, where Bob Moses and Ran Blake helped him to develop his percussive voice drawing from several diasporas.

In New York

Since 2005, Adler has resided in New York City. He has presented music in halls, clubs, museums, and sacred spaces including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Rubin Museum, Smalls, Roulette, and Joe's Public Theater. He has worked with: Bash the Trash, La Bomba de Tiempo, Bombay Rickey, Chelsea Clinton, Elizabeth Swados, Guillermo Klein, Kate McGarry, and LA Opera among others. He has been featured on WNYC's "New Sounds," Jason Bivin's book ""Spirits Rejoice" and has written, helped to develop or perform on various film, commercial and theatrical scores including "Of Many," "Nomad" 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