Asher Delerme As a musician and educator, Asher Delerme has been exploring the powerful connection between the performing arts, learning and human development for decades His cumulative knowledge in psychosocial development and the ethnomusicology of African, Caribbean, and Jazz music genres affords him a unique training perspective in music education, multicultural issues and social development.
Long before taking permanent residence in the “Constitution State” though, Delerme was destined to become one of its most versatile and accomplished percussionists. As his formal training began in the distinguished World Music program at Wesleyan University, Delerme was already touring the United States with Abraham Kobina Adzenyah during his freshman year. While a junior, he’d make his pilgrimage to Ghana, West Africa to study Ghanaian drumming and dance, and upon graduation, he returned to his native New York City to study and perform Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian music.
As a performer, Delerme has toured the United States, the Caribbean, Canada and Asia, and also played Carnegie Hall. A former artist-in-residence for the New York State Commission on the Arts, Delerme is currently listed with both the CT Commission for the Arts Contours and Young Audiences of America programs.Delerme has performed with luminaries the likes of Hilton Ruiz, Paquito De Rivera, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jay Hoggard, Foday Musa Suso, Marion Meadows, Pete Seeger, Jimmy Sabater, Victor Fields and Miles Jaye, among many others. He has collaborated with singers and poets, as well as gospel, theater, dance, percussion and orchestral ensembles. His recording resume includes television and radio soundtracks, jingles and appearances on over 25 albums. A founder and principal member of the award wining World Beat band, MIKATA, or “all of us,” he continues to perform, teach and record Latin and African percussion with traditional and non-traditional, salsa, pop, folkloric and jazz groups in New York and New England.