Shane Shanahan

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography

Percussionist / composer / arranger Shane Shanahan has combined his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock, and Western art music to create his own unique, highly sought-after style. Since 2000 he has been touring the globe with Yo-Yo Ma as an original member of the Grammy Award–winning Silk Road Ensemble. He has performed and / or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Deep Purple, Jordi Savall, Sonny Fortune, and Glen Velez, among others. A strong believer in the transformative power of education, Mr. Shanahan frequently presents workshops and clinics at leading universities and conservatories, including Princeton, Cornell, and the Eastman School of Music, as well as with refugee children in Lebanon and reservation schools in Montana. He is the lead teaching artist for the Silkroad’s arts-integrated education initiative, Silk Road Connect. This year Mr. Shanahan served as a Blodgett Distinguished Artist at Harvard University. He is active in the New York yoga, dance, theater, and Broadway communities.

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