Percussionist for Hire

As a percussionist for hire since 2000, Jamie has performed and recorded with many LA based world music groups and ensembles including:

  • The Yuval Ron Ensemble (2001-current) – Traditional Middle Eastern/Armenian/Turkish/Qawalli/Sufi
  • Asher Shasho Levy and Aram Soba (2017 – current) – Sephardic music from the Jews of Aleppo and the diaspora
  • Chloe Pourmorady Ensemble – (2017 – current) – Original and Traditional compositions influenced by the Persian, Sephardic, Greek and Armenian musical traditions
  • Nashuva Band (2004 – current)– Hebrew Prayers sung over Contemporary/R&B/Afro-Cuban/Spiritual/Eastern European and Middle Eastern melodies
  • Rimonim Band (2009 – current)-Hebrew Prayers sung over Contemporary/R&B/Afro-Cuban/Spiritual/Eastern European and Middle Eastern melodies
  • Mahadev (2011 – current)– Contemporary blend of Indian/Middle Eastern/Balkan/African/Latin/Jazz
  • Raw Chili (2016 – current) Latin Based Fusion
  • Erkin Abdulla (2016 – current) Central Asian Traditional and Flamenco Based Contemporary
  • Cantor Richard Schwartz (2010 – current) – Hebrew Prayers sung over Contemporary/R&B/Afro-Cuban/Spiritual/Eastern European and Middle Eastern melodies
  • The Stefani Valadez Ensemble (2005 – current) – Music from the Sephardic, Turkish, Greek, Brazilian, Klezmer, Mexican, Hebrew, Gypsy traditions
  • Heyraneh (2006 – 2011) – Persian/Spiritual
  • The Ava Nahas Ensemble (2007 – 2011)  – Original Percussion compositions with Vocals
  • The iSTWest Ensemble (2008 – 2012) Traditional and Contemporary Turkish/Flamenco
  • Donna De Lory (2010 – current) Spiritual, R&B, Kirtan, Latin
  • Terra Gold (2010-2013) Kirtan/Spiritual

As a percussionist for hire, Jamie is extremely hard working, reliable, organized, prepared, has great managerial skill and presents himself well. He is easy going, attentive to the clients needs and does not complain when the conditions of performance are less than ideal.  Jamie has many connections in the Los Angeles World Music scene and is the go to person when a party planner or promoter wants world music for an event. In addition he has a full sound system for smaller events.


This is what Bandleaders have said about Jamie:

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


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, Bandleader of the Yuval Ron Ensemble


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