John Marshall (musician)

John Marshall (musician)

John Marshall (born May 1, 1954) is an American percussionist. He has worked with many internationally acclaimed musicians including David Darling, George Benson, Benjamin Verdery, and the Paul Winter Consort.

Professional career

John includes the drumming traditions of the Middle East, North and South India, Egypt, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Central Asia in his repertoire. Performing on frame drums, tabla, doumbek, djembe, congas, riq, pandiero, conventional Western percussion, and all manner of hand-held percussion, John Marshall's music has been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Echoes, Hearts Of Space and the BBC. He has performed and recorded with such artists as the Paul Winter Consort, Michael Brecker, Glen Velez, Rhonda Larson, Danny Gottlieb, Harvie S, Robert Gass, Steve Gorn, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Paco Pena, David Darling, Eugene Friesen, Benjamin Verdery, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, George Benson and Marc Anthony.

With numerous CD credits to his name, Marshall is recorded on DMP, Ellipsis Arts, Sony, Jazzheads, Sping Hill, Windham Hill and Virgin Record labels. The recipient of several awards, he has been recognized for excellence in percussion music education by the Pro-Mark Drum Corporation. In 2004 he was commissioned to compose original music for the ASAP Community dance project in collaboration with Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Marshall's instructional books and CDs, Hand Drums for Beginners, (5 Star Rating:, and World Beat Encyclopedia, are available everywhere through Alfred Publications.

He tours the country with his adult seminar and Workshop Series, performs through Young Audiences of America, ASAP After School Arts Program, Arts Magnet School Systems, Hartford Intercity Arts Outreach, and during the summer of 2004, was Percussion Instructor in Residence at the Punahou School in Hawaii. He performs with the classical/jazz/world ensemble Ufonia, composes for and performs with numerous percussion groups, including Framework, and WoMaDe, and is much sought after in the freelance arena. He has released his own CDs featuring his original compositions, and is at work on creating online hand percussion instruction for Warner Brothers/Alfred. Currently John enjoys performing with the experimental improvisational trio, Bridges and Poems, and is studying North Indian tabla with Subhankar Banerjee.

Notable performances

*Centro y Exposiciones in the Dominican Republic
*New Jersey Chamber Music Society
*Taos Chamber Music Group
*Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
*Tidewater Guitar Festival
*Virginia Arts Festival
*Honolulu Performing Arts Series
*Maui Concert Series
*Yale Guitar Extravaganza
*Music Mountain
*Paul Halley's Soulstice Celebration Chorus Angelicus
*Chorus Angelicus
*New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas
*Hartford Jazz Festival
*Merkin Concert Hall
*Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
*The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
*The United Nations


*Hand Drums for Beginners []
*World Beat Encyclopedia [] with Mark Miller


External links

* (Official Site) []
* Wisdom House []
* National Guitar Summer Workshop []

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