Brian Shankar Adler is a multidisciplinary drummer, percussionist, and composer whose music: "flows organically in pursuit of mystery, movingly existing in an ultimate state of fluidity," according to Jordan Richardson of Canadian Audiophile. Most at home playing a set of drums augmented with percussive instruments from India and South America, his music spans widely from the sacred to the absurd.
Born with the name Shankar, Adler was raised in an ashram. At the age of five he began his musical training, reciting classical Indian drum syllables and providing the heartbeat for chants on a tabla style mridang. Over the years, a strong inner compass led him from playing bhajans and Hindustani music to psychedelic groove based music, jazz, tango, Jewish music, opera and new music.
Upon graduating from New England Conservatory in 2005, Adler has resided in New York City. He has presented music in halls, clubs, museums, and sacred spaces including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Roulette, Rubin Museum, Smalls, and the Kennedy Center. He has been recorded on over thirty albums and has worked with: Bash the Trash, Bomba de Tiempo, Bombay Rickey, Chelsea Clinton, Cochemea, Moppa Elliott, Sheila Jordan, Guillermo Klein, Frank London, Kate McGarry, Kamala Sankaram and Elizabeth Swados. Adler has been featured on WNYC's "New Sounds," Jason Bivin's book "Spirits Rejoice" and has written, helped to develop, perform on or direct various film, commercial and theatrical scores including "Of Many," "Nomad," "Sistas," "The Merchant of Venice," and "Thumbprint."
Invested in the continued output of creative music, Adler operates Circavision Productions, a production company and boutique record label. Under this umbrella, Adler currently leads a group under his own name well as Human Time Machine and Prana Trio.
Adler currently teaches at the Brooklyn Conservatory, Vermont Jazz Center, and is a presenter at Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2013, he published "A World of Percussion: Ten Etudes based on rhythms from around the globe.