Born in 1955 in Philadelphia, PA, Ian Dogole began his musical journey at age four, studying piano and then switched to guitar at age seven. After growing up on soul and rock music, Ian discovered Jazz, especially Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef and Sun Ra (among many), and their influences remain strong to this date. In high school outside of Philadelphia, Ian was exposed to Chinese and Indian classical music by his instructor, Roman Pawlowski. This was the point in which Ian's passion for Jazz and his newfound love of World music intersected. As a major in Ethnomusicology (and Classics) at Brown University, Ian delved more deeply into the indigenous music cultures of the planet, while maintaining his fascination with the evolution of Jazz. Back in the Philadelphia area to finish his MA in Classics from Villanova University, Ian began to focus more on percussion and in 1977 he made frequent appearances with alto saxophonist Richie Cole in Trenton, NJ. After moving to Palo Alto, CA in 1978 to pursue further graduate study in Classics at Stanford University, Ian began to crystallize his vision of Global Fusion Music, blending the forms and instruments of Jazz with those of the non- Western world....
...In most jazz groups, the drummer is the guy in the back who gets a solo now and then so that the audience can take a bathroom break or talk among themselves. I've seen and heard Dogole play a number of times now, and I can tell you that it has always been a highly entertaining experience. The guy totally gets into it. ... Paul Liberatore
All Music Guide
Percussionist Ian Dogole and his group Hemispheres (which alternates between a quartet and quintet) blend musical influences from many lands to create their unique blend of world jazz....The appeal of Convergence grows with each hearing. Highly recommended.
...The album (Convergence) is like a heady infusion of exotic, aromatic teas from the far-flung corners of the world like South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. I felt a little like Marco Polo must have felt on his epic adventures, not knowing quite what to expect over the next mountain or river, but being utterly enthralled by what he found...
Percussion-driven and with strong doses of improvisation, the music of Ian Dogole is an especially satisfying blend of Jazz chops and compositions with a world music sensibility...
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