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Lenny Seidman

Tabla player and teacher, composer, co director of Spoken Hand Percussion Orch., director of Lenny Seidman Tabla Choir


Philadelphia, United States

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Roster Artist

Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour  |  United States

January, 2002 - Present

PennPAT provides invaluable financial support for touring throughout the Mid Atlantic Region as well as technical services for its roster of artists. Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra is a roster artist.

Guest Artist

Swarthmore College  |  United States

January, 1998 - January, 2013 (15 Years )

Tabla instructor, Kathak accompanist and collaborator with Swarthmore Gamelan Orchestra, Taiko ensemble and Flamenco ensemble.

Co Director

Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra  |  Philadelphia, United States

January, 1996 - Present

Spoken Hand is a 15 member drumming ensemble merging the traditions of Afro-Cuban bata, North Indian tabla, Afro-Brazilian samba and West African djembe into our own distinct contemporary voice. We have toured nationally and are on the artist roster of PennPAT. Spoken Hand has collaborated in large productions with such artists as Zakir Hussain, Rennie Harris in "Flammable Contents" and most recently with Philip Hamilton's "Voices" in "Skins & Songs".

Original ensemble member

Atzilut: Concerts for Peace  |  United States

January, 1991 - Present

Atzilut is an Arabic/Hebrew 9 piece Middle East ensemble. Performances include several tours to Europe, throughout the US and a concert at United Nations. The ensemble consists of a cantor, Lebanese singer, oud, violin, trumpet, flute, bass, dumbek, frame drum, tabla and percussion.

World Music/Jazz Curator

Painted Bride Art Center  |  United States

January, 1986 - Present

I have curated over 400 concerts at Painted Bride and have created many other artist residencies and special collaborations for such artists as Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland, John Hollenbeck, David Murray, Sun Ra Arkestra, Papo Vazquez, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dafnis Prieto, Steve Bernstein and many others.

Tabla player/composer/teacher

Independent Performing Artist and Music Teacher  |  United States

January, 1980 - Present

I have toured internationally and/or recorded with Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra, Lenny Seidman Tabla Choir, Atzilut, Philip Hamilton's "Voices", LL Cool J, Rennie Harris' "Facing Mekka", Group Motion Dance Theater, and countless other musicians and choreographers. I am the composer for Nadine Patterson's feature film, "Tango Macbeth". My mentors include Zakir Hussain, Ishwarlal Misra, Chotelal Mishra, Kiran Deshponde, Adrian L'Armand. I teach tabla and rhythm theory privately.


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