Brian Shankar Adler

Drummer and Percussionist

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For artists seeking a creative drummer/percussionist with a specialty in Indian instruments (tabla, ghatam, dhol). Conservatory trained, and seasoned with countless NYC bands, Adler's work has been described as “profoundly exquisite” by All About Jazz. Adler has worked with Bomba de Tiempo, Bombay Rickey and has been featured in Modern Drummer.

I'd be happy to play drums or percussion on your music, I can provide a colorful sonic palette, textural detail and an expansive approach to groove. My passion is creating tastefully, forward thinking rhythm tracks that will make your music soar.

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Drummer/percussionist BRIAN SHANKAR ADLER has been praised for creating "profoundly exquisite music.. striking interior chords, where the heart and the mind's inner ear intersect..” ~Raul d’Gama Rose, All About Jazz.

With a background in Indian music, a conservatory training and over fifteen years of professional experience, Adler's expansive approach breathes life into virtually any setting. Adler has worked on a film with Chelsea Clinton, theatrical projects with Elizabeth Swados, LA Opera and Houston Grand Opera, commercials for ESPN and Appleton Rum, and performances with: Bob Brookmeyer, Bomba de Tiempo, Bombay Rickey, Shelia Jordan, Kate McGarry, Guillermo Klein, and Ray Vega. Adler has been featured in Modern Drummer, Jazz Times, and WNYC's New Sounds. Adler has toured three continents and has been recorded on more than 30 albums.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  • Chynna Phillips
  • David Foster
  • Danny Peck
  • Chris Spedding
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7 Reviews

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  1. Review by Gareth O.
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    Wow. This guy is pure talent. Nailed the track (first go) and exceeded all expectations.

  2. Review by Ravi
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    I have worked with Brian on concert pieces and recording projects. Of note, we created rearrangements of ESPN's iconic Sports Center theme for India and Africa. His knowledge of both markets' musical traditions, expertise, deep collection of drums and perc, and incredible creativity and chops were integral to this project's success. Cannot speak highly enough. Also great communicator and listener.

  3. Review by Evan McCulloch
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    I have known Brian for 20 years and he really is the best out there! His contributions were extremely valuable to our band and his ability to play the right groove and add the right textures are invaluable. I would highly recommend using Brian as a drummer if you need somebody that is reliable and that cares about the music on a deeper level. He is always well prepared and takes time to know the music inside and out. It is very rare to know such a musician that puts in as much care for the music as he does for the people he is working with!

  4. Review by Kamala Sankaram
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    I have worked with Brian extensively over the past 6 years, both in improvised and notated contexts. He is a fantastic musician and a very tasteful player with a fine sense of style. He is also the rare player trained in Hindustani music who can follow Western notation. Highly recommended!

  5. Review by Nick Kadajski
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    I have worked with Brian for over ten years. As a percussionist he is one of the best, if not the best, I have worked with. His sense of professionalism to every project that he works on is second to none. He has the ability to make you feel like your project is the only thing that he is working on and that it matters the most to him. He is an outstanding producer and knows how to get tracks to sound their best. As a composer and arranger he infuses all of his work with honesty and a depth of feeling and purpose that few can hope to achieve.I can't think of a better musician to work with.

  6. Review by Carrie Grossman
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    Brian Adler is an exceptional percussionist. I worked with him on an album of devotional music in 2016, and he brought so much to the project. He's incredibly versatile and he can play everything from kit and cajon to udu, tabla, and just about every other type of world percussion. He's also incredibly easy to work with - organized, focused, creative, professional, and a very kind human being. I've played with him live as well, and he added so much to the performance. Anyone would be fortunate to have him on a recording, and I look forward to working with him again at some point.

  7. Review by Nicky Schrire
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    I’ve had the privilege of working with Brian Shankar Adler in studio on several occasions. I recorded vocals on Brian’s 2013 album “Helium Music Project” and we collaborated on a track on my 2012 album “Freedom Flight”. Brian was immensely creative during the process of co-arranging the song we recorded together, and his proficiency and comfort on an array of percussion instruments as well as drum kit resulted in a beautifully nuanced, multicoloured song. Brian is professional, musically generous and a joy to work with.

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Gear Highlights
  • drum set
  • tabla
  • mrdang
  • ghatam
  • dhol
  • kanjira
  • cajon
  • bongos
  • udu
  • slit drum
  • bombo leguero
  • shakers
  • bells
  • found objects and crates full of other instruments.
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