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Jamie Papish – World Music Percussionist

Jamie Papish is a percussionist for hire as well as a session musician, teacher, percussion section leader, producer and gigging percussionist with a number of Los Angeles-based world music groups. As a Los Angeles percussionist, he is extremely reliable and professional and can adapt to any situation and many styles of music including Latin, Flamenco, Indian, Middle Eastern, Persian, Turkish, Armenian, African, Jewish, Sephardic, Brazilian, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Funk, Hip Hop, Rock and Country. He has been a valuable member of many music ensembles in Los Angeles and around the world with hundreds of performances to his credit

As a session musician, he has recorded on numerous CDs, movie soundtracks, game soundtracks including 2 tracks with the Kronos Quartet’s Floodplain.

He teaches private and group lessons  focusing on rhythms and technique on Doumbek, Riq, Frame Drum, Tabl Beledi, Daf (Frame Drum with rings), Cajon (Box Drum), Davul/Tappan (Large Hanging Drum) and Udu (African Clay Pot Drum) as well as leads drum circles for small and large events and parties.  Jamie also teaches general hand drumming basics for ages 7 and up.

[spoiler title=”What Band Leaders, Composers and Musicians have said about Jamie Papish:”]Aside from being a trustworthy guy & the most dependable

Musician I’ve yet to meet, Jamie strives at opening to new
rhythms & cultures, pushing himself to a higher level of
Musicianship while serving the greater community. He works hard
and his dedication is unmatched. On top of all that, he is a
pleasure to work with and his grooves move people to joyful

Stefani Valadez, Bandleader of the Stefani Valadez Ensemble http://www.stefanivaladezmusic.com/


Jamie Papish is a pleasure to work with. His commitment, hard work and good heart is in everything that he does on stage and beyond it. His versatility and long list of hand percussion instruments he brings have been one of the important elements of the Yuval Ron Ensemble musical arrangements since 2001. I love his sound on the dumbek and udu and his energetic performances in each of our shows which have presented all over the US and internationally.

Yuval Ron



Passionate, professional and committed to high performance standards, during the 10+ years I’ve been playing with Jamie he has continued to improve and grow as a musician. First class!
Nyofu Tyson, Bandleader iSTWest Ensemble (aka TurkFlamenco)

I want to thank you all for sharing your amazing gifts at my release party. I am so grateful for your support. Thank you for making this such a special night. Let’s do it again…soon!!
Love, Donna De Lory



Dear Angel, Valecia, Mader & Jamie,

Thank you all so much for a great run at Ballona Freshwater Marsh. I am deeply appreciative of your spirit and musicianship. What a pleasure to work with each of you. I have received so many wonderful comments about the performance. I hope you have as well. You should feel very proud. You performed beautifully. Thank you all so much for taking on this crazy, unique and (hopefully) rewarding project.

I look forward to the chance to perform with you all again soon.

Best regards,

Bob Een Composer , Cello Player & Vocalist


Thanks, guys, for being amazing musicians, collaborators, & people.
I thoroughly enjoyed our sweet set on Thurs. and hope we get to do more together.
Ariella Forstein

Singer and Percussionist, Music and Life Coach http://ariellaapproach.com/


dear JAIMIE – Oh my G-d i’m so sorry – i got your name wrong the whole time.. was a little nervous.. just want to thank you so much, you played excellently…. and next time it will be even better… send me your address so i can send you a few cd’s,.. all the best, and you are a beautiful musician and person,

best, basya



Thanks Jamie for adding your wonderful musical touches and incredibly nice presence to the evening at Orrin’s!! It was really great to have you with us, as always!

Lots of love,

Suzanne Teng, World Renowned Flautist http://www.suzanneteng.com/




thanks for your wonderful playing on Friday night–it was one of the most musical Shabbatot that we have ever had, due in large part to your amazing talent and musicality. you guys are a treasure–thanks so much!!

Mike Stein, Cantor and Musician


Hi Hagai and Jamie,

Here’s ‘Tahrir Square’, you guys did a brilliant job on the track! I’m working on new material, hopefully we can record again sometime soon, and more important play a show!

Thanks again,

Gilad Barakan Composer and Guitarist



So last Friday, I had a meeting with the client and they let me know they really like the tracks. So thank you sir! Hopefully, I’ll get the gig and we can do some more full pay work on it. I enjoyed working with you!

Jack Wall

Composer http://jackwall.net/


hey Jamie, just wanted to drop you a line & say it was great meeting you & playing with you last weekend. You’re such a deep & soulful player, and always present with what’s happening in the moment. Also, thanks for taking me backstage to meet Norik; I was really inspired by his playing & approach, and it was nice to be able to tell him so.

take care

peter jaques clarinetist & trumpeter : huzzam.com


hi jamie,

first I want to thank you for doing a great job on the video clip you played great and looked good and that is exactly what I was looking for. I dont mind you posting the clip on your site BUT the song is under a contract with a record label so if they will tell me I need to take it down (which I dont think will happen) then you will have to take it down. Go a head and post it and I will appreciate it if you will write that the song was written by Maya Haddi (www.mayamusic.com) and Gilat Segal. may we play together on many many many projects to come Have a great day,


Singer and Composer


Hey Jamie,

It was great to play music with you on Sat. night. Thanks for coming down to have a play. You have a great feel and I enjoyed having those tones in Donna’s music. All the best mate and I hope to play more music with you in the future.

Happy Holidays!!

Dave Allen, Drummer/Percussionist


Thanks Jamie,

I really appreciated your artistry and blessings you brought the evening. I look forward to the opportunity to work together soon. Peace and Blessings, Jami Lula



Dear Jamie,

I just spoke with Yuval today and asked him to give you my regards. It was such a pleasure to meet with you and work with you. You come across as a truly kind and beautiful soul, I am looking forward to meet you again. All the best and warmest regards,

Tami Machnai, Singer


Jamie’s Story

Jamie had been nudged and modeled as a young person to have a profession over anything else and told that security and having a family were the foundations for a good life. He followed in his father and grandfathers footsteps and studied accounting. With a career he had no passion for, he was miserable and fairly depressed. He was losing his spark and self-esteem.  In his mid 30’s, he was exposed to the hand drum at a gathering of a friend. He remembers losing himself in the group rhythm and energy. Eventually this led to him purchasing a hand drum when he was 38. He chose a Doumbek (Middle Eastern Goblet Drum) since he had some exposure to it through his wife who had been a belly-dancer and instructor in her early life. He remembers playing the drum to Santana not knowing anything about the specific rhythms or how to hold and play it (days before youtube). He sought out a teacher and in his first class, he was able to catch on better than most other students. He got really excited. This began his quest to become a Doumbek player. Soon he found a master teacher – Souhail Kaspar and with his help and inspiration, Jamie started developing good technique and learned many of the rhythms, percussion instruments and music of the Middle East. His found his passion again. Being a traveling software consultant at the time, he would bring his Doumbek onto planes as he was consulting companies in other cities. He would play anywhere he could…at parks in the winter, between 18 wheelers parked outside for the night, in client’s offices after hours and in rental cars.

Soon he was playing and performing with other Arabic and Turkish students of this music. Then he was introduced to an Israeli composer and Oud (Middle Eastern Lute) player named Yuval Ron at a party Jamie’s wife threw to promote her new dance school. That was the meeting that started Jamie’s music career. It lead him to be part of Yuval’s Ensemble. A few years after that, when he made the decision to go into music full time, he and his wife were barely scraping by. It was a total leap of faith. It wasn’t that he was stupid; he just got to the point where he was unwilling to spend most of his life doing something he hated and was ready and willing to do what it took to make music his life. Over the next 8 years, he worked harder than ever before in his life overcoming many obstacles, but he ended up creating a music career that has brought him to Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Spain, Poland, South Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Alaska, and across the US. Most importantly the many groups he has played with have touched thousands of people. He has come to realize that no matter what we have been taught to believe about other people, music expresses the commonality of the human spirit and thus develops our compassion and love for one another. Jamie has transformed his life into a life worth living…. and dying for.

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