Joel Hirsch


NEAR EAR BAND: Drums, Vocals, Hand Drums, Percussion

After the last 10 years in NYC, percussionist/drummer/vocalist and performer Joel Hirsch is now most recently based in Corvallis, Oregon, specializing in exotic and hand percussion instruments such as Dumbek, Congas, and Tabla. After studying percussion in the World Music program at Calarts, Joel has recorded and performed in many styles and genres and with such acts as Michael Penn, Babatunde Olatunji, Burning Sensations, and Fred Frith. He is a founder of SugbaSugba, percussion ensemble and grove specialists for more than 25 years. And, though primarily a rock musician Joel, has also accompanied, composed for, or performed with many Modern Dance companies when based in Los Angeles.
Joel is currently doing studio recordings, and performing with projects on both coasts.

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