Ramesh Kannan

Music and its power to transform and heal has always been a passion for Ramesh Kannan. Growing up in a musical household, the healing power of music was introduced to him at a very young age. His mother, an accomplished carnatic vocalist, introduced him to tabla drums at the age of 8. His lifelong musical journey has lead him to learn a wide array of percussive instruments including drum set, djembe, dumbek, udu, cajon and many melodic instruments including guitar, bass, and voice. Tabla remains to be Ramesh's discipline and focal instrument.

Living in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA, Ramesh started his professional musical career at the age of 17. Ramesh quickly became a well-respected figure in the artistic and musical community, collaborating with a versatile body of musicians including local singer songwriters, jazz musicians, Indian classical musicians, and orchestras. During this time he toured the country extensively with Philly's own 16-piece percussion orchestra Spokenhand, giving performances and workshops at universities, festivals, and theaters around the country.

Ramesh has had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous internationally renown artists including Zakir Hussain, Snatam Kaur, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das, Deva Premal, Mitten, Manose, Will Ackerman, Tony Levin, GuruGanesha Singh, Rick Allen, and many more. Having played with such a diverse roster of musicians and styles of music, Ramesh has cultivated a sound that is unique to itself.

Ramesh resides in Santa Cruz, CA with his wife and son, and continues to perform internationally with Snatam Kaur, and produce music with his long time musical partner Todd Boston.

Ramesh is also a Licensed Acupuncturist, and when he is not touring, teaching or recording, Ramesh is practicing acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in San Francisco, CA.




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Ramesh Kannan