John Hadfield’s dedication to music has taken him from his birthplace in Missouri to concert halls and clubs across the world. At home in New York, Time Out New York has emphasized that “John Hadfield’s percussion is so impeccable,” while the magazine Modern Drummer recently declared, “Hadfield delivers a fluid groove, strong yet never intrusive, punctuated by adroitly chosen accents. His skillful sound-weaving choices create the illusion of a seamless multi-percussion section”
Bringing together distinct domains of expertise and traditions –including, but not limited to jazz, classical western music, Carnatic music and electronic music, John has developed unique ways of composing that is inclusive of both improvisation and structure. He has also been exploring the sonic and kinetic possibilities resulting from the combination of multiple instruments and electronics (such as Ableton Live). His compositions typically involve a wide range of percussion sounds –from the most traditional such as saxophone, guitar, bass and drum set to the classical Indian kanjira, kalimba and objects such as bicycle wheels, pieces of metal and ventilation tubes.
John Hadfield’s varied expertise as a percussionist and drummer has allowed him to perform with a broad range of ensembles and artists including: Yo-Yo Ma, The Silk Road Ensemble, The Saturday Night Live Band on NBC, Kinan Azmeh’s City Band and the Petros Klampanis trio. John Hadfield has also collaborated on more than 85 recordings as a guest artist, including the GRAMMY award winner Yo-Yo Ma and Friends, Songs of Joy and Peace (SONY BMG 2008).
He is currently on the Jazz faculty of New York University, where he teaches drum set and the World Percussion Ensemble.