Bloomingdale School of Music PERCUSSION FESTIVAL
Percussive Sounds from Around the Globe

Saturday, June 17, 6:00 pm
The William R. and Irene D. Miller Recital Hall
Manhattan School of Music
120 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Eric Phinney & Jeremy Noller
Artistic Directors

"Pablo" Sekou Dembele
Master Percussionist from Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa

John Riley
World-renowned drum set artist and MSM faculty member

Trey Files, Michael Lipsey, Eric Phinney, and Yousif Sheronick
Ethos Percussion Group

Join BSM students, faculty and world renowned special guests for a fascinating look at how West African rhythms have influenced music in the entire Western Hemisphere. This exploration of global percussive sounds follows rhythms from Bali, Indonesia, to India and the Middle East along the Silk Road back to Africa. These musical traditions represent some of the oldest origins of rhythmic expression, dating back thousands of years and still relevant in our music today. Directed by Eric Phinney and Jeremy Noller, World Beat presents an entertaining and enlightening look at how rhythm migrated around the world and the irresistible force that makes people want to move.


6 pm Drum Circle
Interactive Educational Clinic with "Pablo" Sekou Dembele, Master Percussionist from Cote d"Ivoire, West Africa.
7 pm Workshop - Percussive Sounds from Around the Globe
Performances by BSM students, alumni, faculty and Special Guests


A reception and silent auction will follow.
All proceeds will support the upkeep and improvement of the BSM Percussion Studio.

"Pablo" Sekou Dembele

"Pablo" Sekou Dembele, from Cote d'Ivoire, is a master of the banjo, guitar, and West African drums the djembe and the doundoun. He has been performing for over 25 years around the globe at world renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the National Theater, BAM, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Library of Congress, the United Nations, and many more alongside several esteemed musicians such as Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Toumani Diabate, Mamady Keita, and Soungalo Coulibaly. Since arriving in New York 16 years ago with L' Ensemble Koteba d' Abidjan, this legendary musician has found joy in sharing his West African culture with music lovers everywhere.

John Riley

John began playing drums at age eight, after receiving a snare drum as a gift. With the support, encouragement and patience of his parents, John and Mary Ann, he played in the school band and began drum lessons with a good local teacher, Tom Sicola. At age twelve, John began playing in rock bands and heard his first jazz recordings, the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max Roach's Conversation. Two years later, he played his first "professional" gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. John began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium. John went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and percussion. While at UNT, he played in, toured, and recorded with the famed One O'clock Lab Band. In 1976, he moved to New York City and was soon called to join the Woody Herman Band. Following that great experience, John returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world class musicians including Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others.

John has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Purchase, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. John is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer's Workshop, and has taught master classes around the world.

Ethos Percussion Group

Ethos Percussion Group is America’s premier percussion quartet presenting an energetic potpourri of musical genres from around the globe. Highly regarded for their Western chamber music expertise, individual members are also virtuosos on exotic instruments from Indonesia, West Africa, India and the Middle East. Audiences of all ages are thrilled as they perform landmark works by John Cage, Steve Reich and Philip Glass, then can hardly sit still in their seats as they are treated to highly intoxicating rhythms from Guinea and Calcutta. "Spellbinding", "astonishing" and "immaculate" rave the critics. The New York Times has hails the group for its "expert togetherness, sensitivity and zest." Their unique performances seamlessly transport global influences into Western chamber music to create a visually and aurally compelling experience.

For 25 years Ethos has performed at major concert venues across the United States and abroad including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London's Wigmore Hall, and the Bermuda Festival. Ethos has been a major proponent in expanding the percussion quartet repertoire by commissioning more than twenty-five new works from composers steeped in the musical traditions of Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Korea, Palestine and the United States. Collaborators have included the Kansas City Symphony, Grammy Award-winning frame drum master Glen Velez, West African sensations Bernard Woma (Ghana) and M'Bemba Bangouran (Guinea), as well as North Indian masters Pandit Samir Chatterjee (tabla) and Ramesh Misra (sarangi).



$35 general admission
(adults over 18)

$10 student ticket
(under 18)