Brian Shankar Adler
Brian Shankar Adler has performed in caves, forests and adjacent glacial ice fields as well as Carnegie Hall, Jazz Standard, Lincoln Center, Roulette, Rubin Museum and The Stone. He has been recorded on over forty albums including his solo 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 an official selection at Quiet City Film Festival in New York City.
In 2013, Adler was the guest soloist with La Bomba de Tiempo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He returned to the states to create Human Time Machine, a percussion ensemble that would hold a three year residency at Barbès. Adler has traveled to Germany to perform with singer Sunny Kim and Kuwait to perform with oudist Ahmed Alshaiba.
He was a composer in residence at Antenna Cloud Farm and was commissioned to compose and arrange several pieces for Palaver Strings' 2022-2023 tours. Adler has also worked with: Pablo Aslan, Sheila Jordan, Guillermo Klein, The Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Frank London, Kate McGarry, Meg Okura, Talujon, Emilio Teubal and Ray Vega. He is a member of the eclectic surf-noir band Bombay Rickey and performs environmental-activism with Bash the Trash.
In 2013, Adler published A World of Percussion connecting rhythm, language, mathematics and environment through a study of shared musical concepts from around the globe. He is currently on faculties at: Bates College, University of Maine, and Vermont Jazz Center.