Julian Gerstin, PhD is an ethnomusicologist, percussionist and composer. At the Vermont Jazz Center, Julian co-leads the Latin Jazz Ensemble with Eugene Uman, teaches Caribbean/African Percussion, and runs a Rhythm Theory course at the Summer Jazz Workshop. He also serves on the Board as President and a member of the Grants Committee.
Julian's percussive explorations have led him from the folk traditions of Ghana and Cuba to popular music from Nigeria to Brazil, as well as jazz styles from New Orleans brass bands to avant-garde experimentalism. He currently appears with his own ensemble, the Julian Gerstin Sextet, playing original jazz influenced by the rhythms and forms of Caribbean and Balkan music; with the Afrocuban folkloric dance ensemble Iroko Nuevo; and with local bands playing salsa, samba, and Latin jazz.
In the academic world, Julian has taught music and ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, Clark University, Marlboro College and Keene State College. He studied and performed traditional music in Martinique in 1993-95, and his work there has led to numerous scholarly publications and CD compilations of Martinican traditions. He has studied Cuban music with notables such as the group Cutumba in Santiago de Cuba, Sandy Perez, John Santos, and John Amira. Julian is co-author (with Ken Dalluge) of the book The Musician's Guide to Rhythm, a practical approach to rhythmic understanding and creativity for all instruments.