Program Offerings

Glen Velez Solo

Glen demonstrates the diversity and creative potential of a wide range of Frame Drums, including solos on the Riq (Egyptian Tambourine), the Bodhran (Irish frame drum), Gaval (Central Asian Frame drum), as well as a solo on a standard Western tambourine, featuring techniques from South Italy, South India and Basque Spain. In addition Glen creates a polyrhythmic, multi-limbed solo on Shaker which utilizes techniques from Venezuelan and Columbian maraca playing along with his unique innovations. Glen engages the audience for an immersion into his style of drum music with interactive drum vocalizations and Central Asian Overtone Singing.

Glen Velez TA KA DI MI Project

with LOIRE (lori cotler)  and Special Guests, including Yousif Sheronick, Shane Shanahan, Steve Gorn, V.K. Raman, Kevin Seddiki.

“Explosive, exuberant ” – The New York Times

TA KA DI MI represents the primal rhythm cycle of four beats, leading the mind from the mystical realm of numbers into the sublime world of music and sound. The TA KA DI MI features Glen Velez and world/jazz and rhythm voice virtuoso Lori Cotler. Ancient drums and blazing vocals ignite Indian-Middle Eastern-Jazz stylings in a jaw dropping rhythm fest. Glen and Lori explore the most ancient combination of the drum and voice, creating original compositions and drawing on Jazz classics in a blending of styles that extends to all corners of the world. Visit:

TA KA DI MI  Winds & Skins 

Masterful world music innovators collaborate on ethnic music for the exhilarating blend of rhythm-voice, trombone, bass recorders, global flutes and percussion.

Reuniting after fifteen years and lots of road miles, four-time Grammy winning composer and master drummer GLEN VELEZ, is joined by critically acclaimed trombone and winds virtuoso ART BARON, along with rhythmic vocal wizard LOIRE. As they renew a musical kinship while presenting their latest musical sorcery, these musicians share their love of diverse world musics. Each have invested careers in creating organic groove oriented music which proclaims its uniqueness while infused with awe at the rhythms and melodies of our planet. TA KA DI MI winds & skins will perform several new compositions, selections from their recent recordings, along with improvisations culled from the ancestral sound-breath memory we all share. Welcome to our world of Overtones, lightening fast Konnakol (South Indian vocal percussion), Trombone, World-Jazz Vocal Stylings, Frame Drums, Strumsticks, Buzz Sticks, Sruti Boxes and Percussion.




TA  KI  TA  trio 

An unprecedented melharmonic and melo-rhythmic mélange featuring
three award-winning innovative geniuses in world music.

GLEN VELEZ – Percussion, Overtone Singing
LOIRE – Vocals, Konnakol

Listen to Tel Halaf

Listen to Outer Sea

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Howard Levy, piano & harmonica
Eugene Friesen, cello
Glen Velez, frame drums & percussion

Nina Stern, recorders
LOIRE (lori cotler), voice, konnakol
Nina Stern, recorders
Glen Velez, frame drums & percussion

Coleman Barks, poet & Rumi translator
David Darling, cello
Zuleikha, dance & voice
Glen Velez, frame drums & percussion


Education Offerings (workshops & master classes)

Glen is a master teacher who conducts workshops worldwide and has published numerous books and articles on the Frame Drum. Velez developed his own teaching approach called “The Handance Method.” It incorporates voice and body movement into the process of learning to play the Frame Drum and has been presented in hundreds of universities worldwide. He currently teaches Frame Drums at the Mannes School of Music, as well as a series of master classes at The Juilliard School in New York City.

FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP: A Hands On Experience

Learn how to play the North African Tar drum using simple drum language and typical Arabic rhythms. This style of teaching uses an easy and fun way to approach group or community drumming. The workshop also explores “Overtone Singing,” an ancient use of the voice which allows one person to sing two or more notes utilizing deep breathing and the slowing down of normal speech. Glen demonstrates his unique style of drumming derived from South Indian, Central Asian, Arabic and South Italian traditions.
No experience necessary. Drums provided.


Glen demonstrates his unique style of drumming derived from South Indian, Arabic, Central Asian and South Italian traditions. Demonstrating solos on the Tar (North African), the Riq (Egyptian), the Gaval (Azerbaijani) and the Bodhran (Irish) as his point of departure, Glen teaches the techniques by slowing down the patterns and explaining the different hand movements. Each of these drumming traditions has contributed significantly to the tapestry that Glen has woven together over 30 years of creating his drumming solos. Glen also shows how to use drum language to facilitate learning drum rhythms along with Overtone Singing to increase breath awareness.

Public Programs (museums & libraries)

A Journey of Sight and Sound: Tambourines Across the Ages

This program features slides from Glen’s vast archival collection showing frame drums spanning a broad time frame – from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia to medieval times in Persia and Turkey, all the way to Europe in the 1800s. Glen demonstrates the frame drum’s array of sounds and rhythms using tambourines shown in the depictions, while showing the continuous and superbly documented history of this simple drum. The frame drum has been a favorite of artists since the earliest cultures and has a pictorial history unmatched by any other drum. Over the last 30 years Glen has collected these visual representations and in this program he shares these unique representations of frame drumming through the medium of visual arts.