Brian (Shankar) Adler is a prolific drummer, composer, and educator from Brooklyn, NY. Often creating from a drum set augmented with percussion instruments from India and South America, he is known for his stylistic range and for organizing a diverse number of projects simultaneously.
Critics have noted his earthy, nuanced sound, minimalist attention to texture, and his forward thinking rhythmic concepts, "Adler's music flows organically in pursuit of mystery, movingly existing in an ultimate state of fluidity," says Jordan Richardson of Canadian Audiophile.
Adler grew up in an ashram and remembers his first experience with music at the age of five, reciting classical Indian drum syllables and playing the corresponding finger patterns on his knees. He went on to study at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where master musicians Bob Moses, and Ran Blake helped him to develop his own voice blending several traditions.
Since 2004, Adler has operated his own record label Circavision Productions, and has released seven records with Helium Music Project, Four Across and Prana Trio. He has also collaborated with: Bombay Rickey, La Bomba de Tiempo, Harvey Diamon, Gerard Edery, Four Across, Guillermo Klein, Kate McGarry, Elizabeth Swados, Ray Vega, among others.
In addition to performing at many of top New York venues: Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Smalls, and Joe's Public Theater, Adler has also toured Europe, North and South America. He has been featured on WNYC's "New Sounds," at the South by Southwest Festival and recently, on the score of "Of Many," a film produced by Chelsea Clinton and featured at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Adler is a passionate educator. He teaches privately in Brooklyn and is on faculty at the Vermont Summer Jazz Workshop, Hoff Barthelson Conservatory, a presenter at Vermont College of Fine Arts and a member of Bash the Trash. He also directs a A World of Percussion, a brand of kinesthetic rhythmic education and Brooklyn Drummers.