I am an LA based singer & percussionist specializing in African, Cuban and Brazilian drumming. I've lived in Togo & Ghana, West Africa, Habana & Matanzas, Cuba and Bahia, Brazil. I've played with Papa Ladji Camara, Mustapha Tetty Addy, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, Los Papines and Afro Cuba.
Africa is the source. Having a deep understanding of traditional African music and all of it's variations around the world, allows me a unique perspective and skill set as a percussionist.
Because of this experience, I can essentially play any type of hand or stick drum, any pattern simple or complex, with a variety of feels, both non-Western and contemporary.
I'm a trained vocalist. A crispy tenor with a warm rich voice. A gifted harmonizer.
I have top of the line recording equipment (Neumann & AKG mics, Manley pre-amp, Le Lavry Blue converters) and can guarantee a full, high resolution sound for remote sessions.
Specific drums & percussion are:
West African - djembe, dun dun, sambang, kpanlogo, kutiro and talking drum.
Cuban - congas, timbales, cajon, bongos, shekere, palitos, guiro, clave and more cow bell.
Brazilian - surdu, atabaque, repanique, pandiero, agogo, caxixi, rainstick.
North African - darbuka
Miscellaneous - shakers, bells, toys, found objects, and whatever else the song needs.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
- Le Lavry Blue converters
- Manley Labs tube mic pre & optical limiter
- AKG 414's & Solid Tube
- Neumann TLM 103
- Rode NT5
Terms of Service
Depending on the track, 5 hour turnaround from when I start recording. 1 revision & minor adjustments free. 2 or more revisions 30% of initial agreed price added for each revision.
Reviews of Tom Rossi
Tom is an incredible percussionist who needs very little direction. He does things as required but goes beyond expectation, works fast!
Awesome work, satisfied!!!