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A World of Percussion: Ten études inspired by rhythms from across the globe

by Brian Shankar Adler

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A World of Percussion is a workbook, audio recording and workshop series that encourages participants to explore sound and rhythm through various percussion instruments, while learning about music from around the world.

It includes ten colorful percussion études based on influential rhythms from: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Spain, and the United States and offers a context in which to understand cultural diversity with an eye towards global fluency.

Designed for groups, using a box notation system, it does not require prior knowledge of music notation.

As participants travel around the world, filling in their rhythmic passport, they absorb a taste of various rhythmic traditions.

Percussion disciplines include: playing with hands, sticks, brushes, mallets, as well as vocal, body, and pitched keyboard percussion.


"Concise, easy to relate to, and fun to play right from the start... A great resource for any age group and any experience level."
~ Brandon Cruz, South Florida Center for Percussive Arts.

“I love the overview of all the countries and it's very insightful… A curious invitation for the young mind!"
~ Jamey Haddad, percussionist with Paul Simon and Sting.

"Fun and easy to put together with music students or just at home. You also get some nuggets of cultural information about the music from different countries, and the look is visually interesting as well."
~ John Bertles, director of Bash the Trash.

"Well thought out and presents a wide range of rhythms in an easily accessible way to music students of any level."
~ Nick Kadajski, Grace High School.


released September 15, 2013



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Brian Shankar Adler New York, New York

Described as "a polyrhythmic force… New York City gritty yet still somehow capable of evoking the delicacy of a summer breeze…” (JazzTimes), multidisciplinary percussionist/composer Brian Shankar Adler transcends the terrain between genre and geographic region, asking: how can we find connection through rhythm? ... more

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