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Jerry Leake

Primary Instrument: Percussion

Born: June 19, 1959    

Jerry Leake

Jerry Leake is co-founder of the acclaimed world-music ensemble Natraj, whose four recordings feature his diverse percussion talents. He also co-founded and performs with Club d'Elf, R.A.R.E, Moksha, BodyGrooves, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, and the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society. He is featured on dozens of CDs and has released several CDs of his own music. On tabla, he has accompanied Ali Akbar Khan, Steve Gorn, Sharafat Ali Khan, Kumkum Sanyal, Chitravena Ravikiran, Peter Row, Purnima Sen, Shyamdas, and kathak dancer Gretchen Hayden.

He has toured with Persian masters, Shahram and Hafez Nazeri wityh features on CNN Live; ongoing performances and tours with flamenco virtuoso, Juanito Pascual; with his band Natraj: JazzYatra, Bombay, India; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; Lake George Jazz Weekend, NY; PANAFEST, Accra and Cape Coast, Ghana; Oberlin College, OH; Prayojana Festival, Bangalore and Chennai, India; India- 50 Celebration, Hatch Shell, MA; Guelph Jazz Festival, ON; New Year's Portland ME; Festival of Black Music, MA; Saranac Lake Concerts, NY; U. of Texas, TX; Portsmouth Jazz Weekend, NH; Tsai Performance Center, MA; CB's 313 Gallery, NY; Asian American Creative Music Festival, MA; CAV, RI; Institute of Technology, MA; Musikfest, PA; First Night, MA; Boston Globe Jazz Festival, MA; Community Arts Series, MA; Academy of Indian Performing Arts; MA; Anthony's Southside, PA; Norwood Village Green Concerts, NY; Cambridge River Festival, MA; L/A Arts, ME; First Night Hartford, CT; Regattabar Jazz Festival, MA; Waterfront Park Concert Series, MA; Columbia University, NY; Moses Greeley Parker Concert Series, MA; Peabody Essex Museum, MA; Bowdoin College, ME; Berklee Performance Center, MA; MIT Kresge Auditorium w/Hands On'Semble, MA; Jacob's Pillow, MA; Omega Institute with Shyamdas (kirtan); Jordan Hall, MA; Jothi Raghavan's Karnatak Theater Company, MA; Cultural Constructions, MA; David Maxwell Ensemble; Bob Moses; George Schuller; Les Miserables Brass Band, MA; Natalie Twigg Arts Foundation, MO; solo performance: Live Music Week, Emerson College Radio (WERS), MA; With Club d'Elf: performances with John Medesky, Hassan Hakmoun, Mat Maneri, Brahim Fribgane, Bob Moses, Dave Tronzo, Duke Levine, Randy Roos, Gerry Leonard, Kenwood Denard....
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    Cubist: Shapes Of Sound And Time

    Lola Records
    2010

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Cubist

Rhombus Publishing (2010)

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Cubist is an album of body-moving grooves with its orchestral scope, crystalline transparency, and melodic focus. Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

Cubist is without doubt one of the finest records to arrive in early 2010! KIOS 91.5, The Last Call

Fascinating compositions... Creative and energetic with a world music flavor. WRUV Reviews, World International

Cubist breathes life into classic themes, and its rhythms call to the listener's entire body. A treasury for percussion fans. Midwest Book & Music Review

When I first heard selected tracks, I wanted to continue listening to each one as soon as it had finished, which is a great start with any collection. Derek Walker, Phantom Toollboth

Percussionist's Jerry Leake's CUBIST comes to life with mathematical precision and beauty where each composition resounds it's musical soul. Accent on Tampa Bay

Leake and his collaborators push the concept of world percussion and they push the listener into challenging and rewarding new musical realms. Soundroots World Music & Global Culture

A collageographic soundscape that was made to go with the shape shifting your Window Media Player does when you put it on 'now playing', this is a wild set for wild but ordered minds. Midwest Record: Entertainment

Cubist presents dazzling percussion interplay, infectious rhythms and mesmerizing musical pieces by one of the United States most interesting percussionists...

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