Shane Shanahan, percussionist/composer/arranger, has been touring around the globe performing with Yo-Yo Ma as an original member of the Silk Road Ensemble since 2000. His arrangements and compositions are featured on several of the group’s recordings for Sony Classical. He can also be heard and seen on Mr. Ma's Grammy Award Winning holiday CD/DVD release, "Songs of Joy And Peace." He has performed and/or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Deep Purple, Jordi Savall, Sonny Fortune, James Taylor, Chaka Khan, and Glen Velez, among others. Shane’s dynamic performances have brought people to their feet in the greatest concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall, after which the New York Times proclaimed, “By the time he finished in a virtuosic jester’s dance, limbs flying as he whirled back and forth between doumbek, cymbals and body parts, the audience roared with delight.” A strong believer in the power of education, Shane has also taught and/or presented workshops at schools and universities around the world including Princeton, Harvard, and NYU.

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