Julian Gerstin

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Born: November 27, 1953    Primary Instrument: Percussion

Julian specializes in the traditional styles of Cuba, Martinique, Ghana ... and experimental jazz. Since moving to Vermont in 2006, Julian has co-founded the jazz-Mideastern-Caribbean ensemble As Yet Quintet, founded the Caribbean jazz band Zabap, performed with the Windham Orchestra, Afrocuban folkloric dance troupe Grupo Palo Santo, and jazz vocalist Samirah Evans; sung with the River Singers chorus; and accompanied the choirs Emerald Stream, Brattleboro Community Chorus, and Brattleboro Women’s Chorus. In California from 1984-2006, Julian was a percussionist with the African bands Kotoja and Zulu Spear, experimental jazz artists Joel Harrison and Eddie Gale, Brazilian samba groups Batucada Nana and Batucada do Leste, Afro-Cuban dancer Judith Just-z, Ghanaian drummer C.K. Ladzekpo, world beat band Syncrosystem, and numerous others. He is equally proud of regular appearances in the famous Cuban rumba sessions at La Peña Café....
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As Yet Quintet "Strange but True" 2009 Julian Gerstin percussion, Todd Roach percussion, Anna Patton clarinet, Miamon Miller violin/viola, Eugene Uman piano 1 Joy in Mudville (Gerstin) 2 Isla Luna (Uman) 3 December Raga (Uman) 4 Middle-Aged Beauty (Gerstin) 5 Copa Kabanica (Miller) 6 Strange but True (Uman) 7 Therapy 3 (Miller) 8 Actual and Exact (Patton) 9 Sad as Honey (Uman) 10 Soukwé Soukwé (Gerstin) 11 As Yet (Gerstin)

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Putney, VT

Willing to teach:

Private and group percussion lessons, 1980-present (traditions of Cuba, Brazil, Martinique, Ghana; popular styles of Cuba, Brazil, Martinique, other Caribbean, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa). Latin Jazz Ensemble, 2006-present, Vermont Jazz Center. Ph.D. 1996 University of California, Berkeley. Courses taught: Music of Africa, African Diaspora, Latin America; World Music; Jazz History; American Music History; Music and Social Movements; various graduate-level courses. Keene State College (NH), Marlboro College (VT), Wesleyan University (CT), Clark University (MA), and several colleges in California before moving East in 2006.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Understanding Rhythm (all instruments) Composition Through World Music (all instruments) Afrocuban, Brazilian, West African Ensembles

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Strange but True
Self Produced (2009)

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