For a fairly young man, drummer-composer Brian Adler has had a busy life. He's studied with such modern "masters" as Billy Hart, John Hollenbeck, Billy Higgins, Bob Moses, Joe Morris and Cecil McBee as well as sharing the stage with Pablo Aslan, Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Marilyn Crispell, Mark Helias, Erik Lawrence, Kate McGarry, Ben Monder, and Ray Vega. He's the leader of The Prana Trio, is a member of bassist Aslan's Trio and several other working ensembles performing on stages throughout the world. Adler has his own company, Circavison Productions, through which he has released a half dozen CDs (including 3 by The Prana Trio) and he teaches.
This week (May 24) sees the release of the "Phase 1" of the Helium Music Project. Essentially what Adler is doing is creating a coterie of collaborators throughout the world, musicians and vocalists he can work with when he is "on the road." You may have read of musicians who travel sans rhythm section and hire a local band/rhythm section for each gig. Through the "magic" of modern technology, Adler can compose, record, and edit a piece of music with anyone, anywhere, and any time. You may be thinking "what's the difference between hiring a local rhythm section and creating a song in this piecemeal fashion?" Through the Helium Music Project, Brian Adler has turned the world into his playground in that he already has a working relationship with his collaborators.
Brian Adler says future "phases" will feature guitarist Ben Monder, pianist Marilyn Crispell, fellow percussionist Daniel "Pipi" Piazzolla, vocalist Heather Masse, pianist Kenny Werner, trumpeter Matt Holman and many others. In fact, considering all the connections Adler has already made in the music "world" (and the ones he will make in the future), the Helium Project promises many years of fine music.
To find out more, hear the music (and to find out how you can be part of the "Project"), go to www.heliummusicproject.