Multi-ethnic percussionist, educator and recording artist, Aaron
Plunkett is well versed in "Percussion From Around The World." He completed a
two-year, 48,000 mile world tour including the Middle, Near, and Far East, as
well as portions of Europe, the Celtic Isles and Africa. He is equally at home
with Caribbean and South American music idioms. While on his world tour, he collected
numerous exotic instruments and received instruction from master drummers. Regions
of concentration include Ireland, Iran, India, Indonesia, the Balkans, Turkey,
Egypt, and Ghana, Africa.
From a young age, Aaron was fascinated with the world and its
different cultures. This early interest was further enhanced when he studied
world music at California Institute of the Arts where he specialized in ethnic
percussion and received tutelage from master mentors and gurus. Prior to his
Cal Arts apprenticeship, he specialized in jazz and classical percussion at
the University of Southern California (USC).
Aaron has performed with such greats as North Indian Tabla virtuoso Zakir
Hussein, Iranian Tonbak master Siamak Pooyan, Setar virtuoso Mamoud Zolfonoon
and reknowned Persian singers, "Suzanne" and "Sattar." Mr.
Plunkett has performed with the legendary Celtic master of the Irish uilleann
pipes, Paddy Keenan,
a driving force and one of the founding members of the
Bothy Band who forever changed the face of Irish Traditional music. His multi-ethnic
drumming tracks can also be heard with an array of well known American music
composers such as Johnny Cash and John Fogerty as well as Jazz virtuoso, Lionel
Hampton to name just a few.
He has made numerous
appearances on KPFK, KCRW and toured and performed with both the Aman and Avaz
International Dance Theaters. He was the featured Ghanain percussion soloist
for the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado performing the premiere symphony
orchestra, Global Warming, the featured Irish percussionist, clinician and exhibitor at the International Percussive Arts Convention and additionally contributing educator for the NASA Native Earth System Science Curriculum Project.
Aaron is one of a select few players who demonstrates a two-handed
bones playing style and has further developed that method so that the pitches
change while playing. His unique sound and ability have afforded him recording
sessions such as: the TITANIC soundtrack, where he was the featured Irish percussionist
and worked with internationally acclaimed composer, James Horner, special-effects
guru, George Lucas and director, James Cameron; Universal Pictures' "DRAGON" feature
trailer soundtrack (Bruce Lee's last film); and Walt Disney's Light Magic Parade
Orchestra (theme music for Disney parks around the world) to name a few.