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Teacher Name

Todd Isler

Major Instruments

Drums, Hand Drums


Croton-On-Hudson New York



(917) 769-6240


[email protected]


My wife and I are professional musicians. We recently moved to Croton-On-Hudson. Here's my bio and resume. Thanks for checking me out!


Todd Isler

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 co-leads the group International Orange, and numerous projects around New York City. He has released two original CDs, Two Step: Duets and Beyond, and his current 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, as well as teaching and extensive performances in Brazil.

In addition to his own releases Todd has played on hundreds of genre-crossing recordings and played, performed and/or recorded with a wide rang of artists including Sting, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Steve Turre, Mike Gordon, Melvin Sparks, Bakithi Kumalo, Brian Blade, Ivan Neville, Badal Roy, Mark Murphy, Betty Buckley, Francis Mbappe, Dave Kikoski, Leo Kottke, 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 and Bosphorus cymbals.

Todd Isler
Drums, Hand drums
58 Melrose Ave Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520 (917)769-6240 [email protected]
Profile Performer/ Teacher/ Composer/ Author in New York City Active in Jazz and World Music with a strong performance background.
As a Leader and Author 2 Cds: “Soul Drums” 2008
“Two Step, Duets And Beyond” 1999 Author of “You Can Ta Ka Di Mi This”, a rhythm
book for all musicians, based on the South Indian syllable system, published by Gerard and Sarzin, 2005, second reprint published by Hal Leonard 2017
Teaching/Workshop Experience
Allegro Music Program, Union City School District, 2017-18
Staff drum teacher at Leman Mahattan Preperatory School Upper and Lower, 2015 Visiting artist, Civebra program, Brasilia, Brazil 2013
Group classes in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, Brazil, 2006
Master classes at the following institutions: NYU, The Collective, San Francisco State University, York Preparatory School, NYC, Lagond Music, Elmhurst, NY
Group class teacher of Jazz at Greenwich Music House 2004 (ages 13 to 15) Robbie Hall Kumalo’s “Keep The Beat” 2004 to 2006
Other Professional Experience
Co leader of the group, International Orange: two albums
Member of Phish Bassist Mike Gordon’s band 2008 to 2014
Residency in NYC with Broadway legend Betty Buckley 2012
Performances and recordings with Joe Lovano, Ivan Neville, Dave Leibman, Steve Turre, Melvin Sparks, Bakithi Kumalo, Badal Roy, David Krakauer, Francis Mbappe, Jack McDuff, Al Kooper, Charlie Burnham, Dave Kikoski, and many more.
Composer of several modern dance scores, including the award winning “Shades Of Grey” Extensive tour experience in Africa, Japan, Canada, Europe, South America, and USA. The Full Monty, drum chair sub 2005, Broadway
Education Berklee College Of Music 1980-81
Cleveland State University 1981-84 Brazilian rhythm study with Portinho and Vanderlei
Pereira South Indian studies with Ramnod V. Raghavan and Kariakudi R. Mani in Madras, India
Honors Winner of Jazziz Magazine “Percussion On Fire” contest, Winner of Disc Makers Unsigned Band contest

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