Drummer, percussionist, teacher and author Todd Isler is based in New York City, where he has been active in the jazz and world music scenes for over 20 years. He currently plays with Mike Gordon of Phish, his trio, International Orange, and TriBeCaStan. He has released two original CDs (Two Step: Duets and Beyond and his current CD, Soul Drums), as well as his book You Can Ta Ka Di Mi This, published by Gerard and Sarzin in 2005. Todd, along with the band Savane, won the Disc Makers Unsigned Band Contest. He was also a winner of the JAZZIZ Magazine Percussion On Fire contest. Todd has toured Africa under the Goethe Institute, and studied the South Indian Mrdangham with Ramnod V. Raghavan and Karaikudi R. Mani in India. Todd has also studied with Brazilian greats Portinho and Vanderlei and performed in Brazil.
In addition to his own releases Todd has played on hundreds of genre-crossing recordings and performed and/or recorded with a wide rang of artists including Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Steve Turre, Melvin Sparks, Bakithi Kumalo, Ivan Neville, Badal Roy, Francis Mbappe, Jack McDuff, David Krakauer, Al Kooper, Charlie Burnham, and others. He has performed with several dance companies throughout the United States, many of whose performances featured his original compositions. Todd endorses Sonor drums, Bosphorus cymbals, and Agner sticks.
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I enjoy helping the student be able to play the genre of music that moves THEM, and I work toward that objective. I have extensive experience in the genres of Jazz, Rock, Funk, R&B, Brazilian forms, African, and Indian music. My book, You Can Ta Ka Di Mi This, is especially helpful for all musicians to get comfortable in odd time signatures, and I have used these concepts in master classes at The Collective, NYU, San Francisco State, and Oberlin College, and most recently in Brasilia, Brazil for the CIVEBRA conference in '13.
Reviews of lessons with Todd Isler
Todd was really great at explaining concepts for me to explore further and a really welcoming, friendly guy.