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.
Since then, Ian has articulated his vision as a multipercussionist, bandleader, composer, recording artist, producer and educator. Ian has released four records - Along the Route, Dangerous Ground, Ionospheres and Night Harvest