Master percussionist John Marshall teaches the hand drum, using phrases to remember rhythms. He also demonstrates his virtuosity on the frame drum. Other Jubilation Fellows -- Kilissa Cissoko, Eduardo Mendonça, Steve Swell, Matthew Nord, Guy Thorne, Thandiwe Shiphrah, Marisol Berrios-Miranda, Geoff Johns, Jonathan Grusauskas, and Judy Caplan Ginsburgh -- act as students.
John's website is: johnmarshallpercussion.weebly.com
John Marshall performs on concert stages, radio, television, & film both nationally and internationally. He includes the drumming traditions of the Middle East, North & South India, Egypt, West Africa, the Caribbean, & Central Asia in his repertoire. Performing on frame drums, tabla, doumbek, tombak, djembe, congas, riq, pandiero, mbira, conventional Western percussion, and all manner of hand-held percussion, John's music has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, Echoes, Hearts Of Space, PBS Television & the BBC. John has performed & recorded with such artists as The Paul Winter Consort, Michael Brecker, Glen Velez, Rhonda Larson, Danny Gottlieb, Harvie Swartz, Robert Gass, Steve Gorn, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Snatam Kaur, Paco Pena, Krishna Das, David Darling, Eugene Freison, Benjamin Verdery, Coleman Barks, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, George Benson & Marc Anthony. Performances include Centro y Exposiciones in the Dominican Republic, The New Jersey Chamber Music Society, Taos Chamber Music Group, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Tidewater Guitar Festival, Sacred Music Festival, Paradise Island, Bahamas, Virginia Arts Festival, Honolulu Performing Arts Series, Maui Concert Series, Yale Guitar Extravaganza, Music Mountain, Paul Halley's Soulstice Celebration, Chorus Angelicus, New Haven Festival of Arts & Ideas, Hartford Jazz Festival, Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, & the United Nations. With numerous CD credits to his name, John is recorded on DMP, Ellipsis Arts, Sony, Jazzheads, Spring 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 2009, John was awarded a national fellowship by the Jubilation Foundation & Tides Corporation, which awarded John again in 2013 for excellence in music education. In 2004 he was commissioned to compose original music for the ASAP Community dance project in collaboration with Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Active in scoring original music for films & documentaries, John's music has appeared in award winning films released nationally & internationally. John's instructional books & CDs, Hand Drums for Beginners, World Beat Encyclopedia, & Drum Atlas: Africa are available through Alfred Publishing. Currently, John is preparing a collaborative publication for recorder & hand percussion with international recorder sensation, Nina Stern. Sponsored by the Cooperman Drum Company, Precision Drum Company, Claydrum Udus, and Hamid Alwan Arabic Percussion, John tours the country with his adult seminar and Workshop Series, & performs and teaches in conjunction with Young Audiences of America, Armstrong Chamber Enrichment Series, ASAP After School Arts Program, Arts Magnet School Systems, and Hartford Intercity Arts Outreach. During the summer of 2004, he was Percussion Instructor in Residence at the Punahou School in Hawaii, alma mater of President Obama. He performs with the classical/jazz/world ensemble Ufonia, composes for and performs with numerous percussion groups, including Framework, & WoMaDe, & is much sought after in the freelance arena. He has recorded his own CDs featuring his original compositions, & is at work on creating online hand percussion instruction for Warner Brothers/ Alfred. Currently, John enjoys performing with the experimental improvisational trio Bridges & Poems, which includes composer/guitarist Robert Weinstein & woodwind player Paul Butler. In 2013, he launched his new percussion quintet, TERRA CODA, which is enjoying popularity while it performs to standing ovations from full capacity venues. Other current projects include Duo Jopa, a winds & percussion duo, & collaborative work with Crystal Cymbalogy. Additionally, John is studying traditional composition/performance technique of North Indian Tabla with Subhankar Banerjee & Narendra Budhakar. Marshall holds degrees from NYU in religious literature & did his graduate work at Wesleyan University in Ethnomusicology. He further studied at the Mannes School in New York, & at the Manhattan School of Music where he was taught by Paul Price, Norman Grossman, & Elvin Jones. In 1983, John became one of frame drum master, Glen Velez’s original students, & after 30 years, still works with Velez in his study & performance of world wide hand drumming techniques. John resides in the US in Connecticut. For more info visit his website: johnmarshallpercussion.weebly.com