Ashram born, conservatory trained, New York City seasoned…

Brian Shankar Adler is a multidisciplinary drummer, percussionist and composer.

Using rhythm to tell stories, Adler transcends the terrain between genre and geographic region. His music: "flows organically in pursuit of mystery, movingly existing in an ultimate state of fluidity," according to Jordan Richardson of Canadian Audiophile.

Adler grew up in an ashram, in the mountains of upstate New York and began his rhythmic studies on a tabla style mridang at the age of five. He received a jazz percussion scholarship to attend New England Conservatory and in Boston, collaborated with Korean vocalist, Sunny Kim, releasing three albums and touring the northeast and Europe.

In 2005, Adler moved to New York City where he has worked with: Benedikt Jahnel, Bomba de Tiempo, Bombay Rickey, Cochemea, Sheila Jordan, Guillermo Klein, Michael Leonhart, Frank London, Kate McGarry, Raga Massive, Kamala Sankaram and Elizabeth Swados, among others. 

Brian Shankar Adler has been recorded on over thirty albums including his most recent works, "For a Gallery on the Moon" (Chant Records, 2020) and "Fourth Dimension" (Chant Records, 2019). His music video, "Mantra" won best music video at Transcinema International Film Festival in Peru and official selection at Quiet City Film Festival in New York City. Adler has also been featured in Jason Bivin's book "Spirits Rejoice," Newsweek, JazzTimes, NPR, Downbeat and Modern Drummer Magazine. Other projects include Human Time Machine, Helium Music Project and Prana Trio.

Selected Performances:

Michael Leonhart Orchestra. Jazz Standard. New York, NY. 2020.

Ahmed Alshaiba. Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center. Kuwait City, KUW. 2019.

Frank London. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Brooklyn, NY. 2019.

Human Time Machine. Roulette Intermedium. Brooklyn, NY. 2018.

Bash the Trash. Carnegie Hall. New York, NY. 2017.

"Thumbprint" by Kamala Sankaram. LA Opera. Los Angeles, CA 2017.

"Sacred the Movie" by Ed Bilous. Montclair Film Festival. Montclair, NJ 2017.

"Symmetrical Moon Beams" by Guillermo Klein. The Falcon. Marlboro, NY. 2015.

"The Nomad" by Elizabeth Swados. The Flea Theater. New York, NY. 2015.

"Hall of Mirrors" by Rick Baitz. Juilliard. New York, NY. 2015.

"Of Many" a film by Chelsea Clinton. Score by Elizabeth Swados 2014.

La Bomba de Tiempo. Konex Theater. Buenos Aires, ARG. 2013.

Four Across. Ear Shot Jazz Festival. Seattle, WA. 2009.

Prana Trio. Pasinger-Fabrik Theater. Munich, GER. 2007.

Bob Brookmeyer. Jordan Hall. Boston, MA. 2004.

Selected Works:

For a Gallery on the Moon (Chant Records, 2020) 

Fourth Dimension (Chant Records, 2019)

Binary Suite (Circavision, 2019)

Bombay Rickey: "Electric Bhairavi" (Cowboys and Indian, 2018)

Appleton Rum: "Find Your Rhythm" (Overthinking, 2016)

A World of Percussion (Circavision, 2013)

Helium Music Project (Circavision, 2013)

Prana Trio: "The Singing Image of Fire" (Circavision, 2009)

Four Across (8Bells, 2008)

Prana Trio: "Pranam" (Circavision, 2006)

Prana Trio: "After Dark" (Circavision, 2004)

Selected Teaching:

Vermont Jazz Center

Bates College

University of Maine

Brooklyn Conservatory