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Charlie Adams: the autism cause behind Yanni’s drummer

Earlier this month I attended Yanni’s concert here in Montreal, and got the opportunity to meet Yanni’s drummer Charlie Adams after the concert. As a drummer, I have always admired Adams since the days of ‘Yanni At The Acropolis’ when he used to - and still do - fascinate me with his drum solos. I had the honour to get his autograph (shown below), so I thought of introducing him here since apart of being an amazing drummer, he has a wonderful personality, and is an avid activist on the autism cause due to the sickness of his two sons.

Charlie Adams is an American drummer, percussionist, drum engineer, composer, music producer, and film producer. He has been Yanni’s drum lead for over 20 years and their CDs have gone platinum and double platinum. In Minnesota, Adams formed the rock band Chameleon and developed his own record label, Platinum Records. He met Yanni when the latter was hired on as Chameleon’s keyboardist. After some time Yanni headed to Los Angeles to pursue movie soundtrack work. Adams soon followed and collaborated with Yanni as movie consultant, writing the drum and percussion parts and doing all the research with his movie library, which consists of over 4,000 titles.

When not on tour with Yanni, Charlie lives in Nashville with his wife, Andrea and their four children. He owns a 24-track digital recording studio, Adams Apple Studio, where he records and teaches drum lessons. In 2004 he partnered with the Autism Society of America (ASA) to increase autism awareness, and produced an autobiographical video about his career and family, focusing on his two sons with autism. Autism is a brain development disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

For more information on Charlie Adams, visit www.CharlieAdams.org .
For more information on the Autism Society of America (ASA), Click Here.

Charlie Adams (Yanni's Drummer) autograph

Charlie Adams (Yanni's Drummer) autograph

Wood by the Global Drum Project

I have already introduced the Global Drum Project in my other post (The Global Drum Project by Mickey Hart), but in this one I show Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain perform the song “Wood” on two giant tree roots, one a grapevine and the other a redwood.

Watch the transcendental drumming experience of the Global Drum Project in the video below by the National Geographic Geo Sessions:

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The Global Drum Project by Mickey Hart

For all you drummers and percussionists out there, you will love this. After the 1991 release of the Grammy Award winning album Planet Drum, the legendary drummer Mickey Hart (best known as one of the two drummers from the rock band the Grateful Dead) and his old crew is again in a reunion sparked by the 15th anniversary of the ground-breaking album Planet Drum. They have recently released a new album called the Global Drum Project, and took home the Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on February 9th, 2009.

The group brings together Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Nigerian talking drum ace Sikiru Adepoju, and Puerto Rico’s master conguero Giovanni Hidalgo, among others. According to Hart, “This is a deep drumming groove. We’re taking the archaic rhythm worlds into outer space. The Global Drum Project explores rhythm and noise; it’s a sound yoga of processed acoustic percussion headed straight for the trance zone that becomes a dance of ancient and modern worlds. Deep drumming is a skeleton key into these realms.”

Watch the video below by the National Geographic Geo Sessions to get a taste of the Global Drum Project:

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