User profile: Akiva Wharton
Professional level hand drummer and percussionist. Work in the Jewish spiritual world and am a first call musician. Work and record with the top level singers and bands in that genre.
Also compose prayers and songs. Ecstatic singer. Audience sings and drums/claps along with me. Kirtan style: call and response. Much fun!
Worked with Craig Taubman, Storahtelling, Gad Elbaz, Shefa Gold, Debbie Friedman, Yossi Piamenta, Albertio Mizrachi, Avraham Fried, Yisroel Williger, Yehuda Green, Shlomo Carlebach, Neshoma, Negina, etc, etc.
Started out with Paul of Peter, Paul & Mary.
Inventor: Electrified Tambourine
Should, b.n., be publishing a book on "Holy Drumming" How to drum in Holy Space. Ben Yehuda Press
At work on 1st cd: "The Rhythm of G!d"