African percussion, kora, vox

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LA based composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer. As a percussionist, I specialize 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 and producer.
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 have top of the line recording equipment (Bock, Neumann & AKG mics, Manley pre-amp, 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.

**African kora - 26-string harp from West Africa. All diatonic modes.

**Male Vocalist - Smooth and resonant tenor. Trained and proficient in Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock. Love harmony. Pitch range G2 to C5.

**Acoustic Guitar - finger-style in the Blues, Folk, Leo Kottke and Alex DeGrassi style. Open tunings.

**Producer - produced on over 50 records from singer-songwriter to World music, New Age meditation to Electronic/EDM.

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


    6 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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    1. Review by Marco P.

      Tom is very talented. Very good sound, fast and reliable. He gives suggestions and helps to create the perfect patterns for your tracks. Thank you.

    2. Review by Devitt E.

      It It sounds like authentic African drumming as opposed to an american playing a djembe. Tom was fast and reliable. I hope to work with him again

    3. Review by Steve C.

      perfection always

    4. Review by Steve C.

      Excellence in the form of percussion =Tom Rossi

    5. Review by Steve C.

      Tom is an incredible percussionist who needs very little direction. He does things as required but goes beyond expectation, works fast!

    6. Review by Steve C.

      Awesome work, satisfied!!!

    Tom Rossi - Percussion, Guitar, Vocal Sample Combo - African/Cuban/Brazilian drums - Kora/Vocals/Synth - Song/Vocals/Acoustic Guitar

    I was the composer, producer, songwriter, percussionist, vocalist, guitarist, kora player, etc. in this production

    Terms Of Service

    Depending on track, 5 hour delivery from when I start recording. 1 revision & minor adjustments free. 2 + revisions 30% of initial agreed price added for each revision. $150 minimum = 1 instrument

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    • James Taylor
    • Paul Simon
    • Iron & Wine
    Gear Highlights
    • Le Lavry Blue 4496 converters
    • Manley Labs tube mic pre & optical limiter
    • Mics: Bock 251
    • AKG 414's & Solid Tube
    • Neumann TLM 103
    • Rode NT5
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