The Dhol, an instrument with a long history of community, communication, and cultural influence. Musician, Producer & Educator Dave Sharma’s career has been as exhaustive as it is deep. As a percussionist, he’s performed at Wembley with Moby, played dhol at Madison Square Garden, been a featured soloist with the Chicago Sinfonietta (alongside longtime collaborator DJ Rekha from Basement Bhangra), and was one of 2 on-stage percussionists for the Broadway & national tour of AR Rahman/Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Bombay Dreams.” He is currently the percussionist for the celebrated NYC live-disco band Escort, who have been featured on Last Call with Carson Daly, headlined the Montreal Jazz Festival, and toured with CeeLo Green.
As a producer & engineer, Dave has worked with multiple artists, including the Glitch Mob, Red Baraat, Vancouver’s Delhi 2 Dublin, NYC producer JKriv, DJ Rekha, Bombay Dub Orchestra, amongst others. He was part of the seminal NYC live/electronic band Sub Swara, and continues to mix records for diverse clients.
As an Educator, Dave has lectured at Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Virginia Tech, New York University, and Ohio State. His teaching schedule in Houston is extensive; at Cristo Rey Jesuit, he teaches ethnomusicology to juniors, and structural musicology & production to seniors; at Houston Community College, Dave teaches production in Logic Pro and remixing in Ableton Live. He teaches early childhood musicality with the Prelude Foundation, through the Houston Ballet’s ECE program, and is on staff at the University of Houston’s Department of Dance & Theater.