photo by Emma O’Halloran

Adam Holmes is a Brooklyn-based musician and artist whose performances have been praised as “immaculately finessed” (Musical America) and compositions as “mesmerizing” (The Road to Sound) and “otherworldly” (New York Music Daily). He is an avid percussionist, drummer, and composer interested in creating and discovering sounds for himself and others.

An active performer in the classical music scene, he has appeared as a soloist at the Bang on a Can Marathon, where he was lauded for his “sweetly shimmered” performance (The New York Times), and performs regularly as a solo experimental artist. He has worked with some of New York City’s most notable groups, including NOVUS NY, Contemporaneous, The Chamber Orchestra of New York, Sandbox Percussion, and Desdemona at venues such as The Brooklyn Academy of Music (NYC), The Kennedy Center (DC), Mass MoCA (MA) National Sawdust (NYC), Roulette (NYC), The Kitchen (NYC), and many more. Adam keeps busy in other genres, collaborating with techno artist IVT and post-metal band Lamniformes. His recordings can be heard on Cantaloupe Music, New Amsterdam Records, slashsound, and National Sawdust Tracks.

Adam holds degrees from New York University (BM) and the Mannes School of Music (MM). As an educator, Adam maintains a private teaching studio and has been a guest speaker at New York University and the Celia Cruz School of Music. He is also passionate about exploring and sharing the many possibilities of percussion composition, which he shares in his blog.

Adam lives in Gowanus, Brooklyn, with his fiancée Cassie and their dog Olive. He spends summers in North Adams, Massachusetts with the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.