A seasoned percussionist who can fit in or stand out
Dedication, Passion and a Commitment to Excellence have made Jamie well respected in World Music Circles

For a Pro World Music Hand Drummer and Percussionist

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Jamie Papish is a LA based performing world music hand drummer and percussionist. He specializes in a variety of world & sacred music percussion instruments and styles ranging from Middle Eastern, Turkish, Persian, Israeli (Sephardic, Yemenite & Ashkenazi), Armenian, Balkan, Afro-Cuban, Flamenco, Indian, Qawwali, Bhangra, R&B and Rock. Jamie has pursued these styles out of his love for music of other countries and the fusion of styles that is exploding around the world. As a native New Yorker, Jamie grew up listening to Rock, Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Latin & Jazz, which has heavily influenced his playing. An interesting fact is that in the synagogues of Los Angeles where Jamie performs weekly and in modern synagogues in general, the prayers are put to many musical styles including Latin, Brazilian, Jazz, Hip Hop, Gospel, Rock in addition to Middle Eastern and Klezmer.

Jamie is known to have many drums on stage to create a variety of sounds.  He also uses foot bells/tambourines and foot shakers (moth cocoons filled with beads from South Africa) to add to his sound.  He has played and recorded with many world and sacred music groups, orchestra’s and top musicians and composers including the Krono’s Quartet, the Yuval Ron Ensemble and Chloe Pourmorady to name a few. Click here to view the bands and  listen to Jamie’s playing over the past 20 years.

Furthermore, Jamie Papish is a Los Angeles percussion and drum teacher who gives drumming and percussion lessons to individuals and groups.

World Music Hand Drummer Jamie Papish playing the Daf-Persian Frame Drum with Rings

Jamie Playing the Daf with the Chloe Pourmorady Ensemble

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