About

Steve Bloom, percussionSteve Bloom has played percussion professionally in thousands of performances and recordings in Middle Eastern and Persian, Cuban, Latin, Brazilian, Sephardic, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, New Age, and Celtic styles.

He has performed and/or recorded in over a dozen countries from the Middle East to Nigeria to Canada with a wide variety of artists, including Tito Puente, King Sunny Ade’, Andy Gonzales, and Babatunde Olatunji, guitarist Dennis Cahill, pianist Gregg Karukas, flutists Paul Horn, Nestor Torres, and bassists Andy Gonzales and Michael Manring.

With an academic foundation including Music Theory and Composition, Piano and Percussion technique, Bloom has since achieved command via the Oral Tradition of: 

* Cuban and related African traditions of drumming and song by the Oral Tradition, apprenticing with several fine Cuban masters; a Senegalese Griot named Djimo Kouyate; the Nigerian patriarch Babatunde Olatunji (each of whom he recorded an album with.)

Bloom began an ongoing formal apprenticeship in Afro-Cuban song, bata and conga drumming in 1980. Throughout the nineties, Bloom studied the bata, Cantos and other sacred Afro-Cuban traditions in the US and Cuba with some of Cuba’s premier folkloric masters and ensembles and received formal initiation as a ceremonial drummer, in Havana. He directs a DC-based Cuban folkloric ensemble called Havana Select.

* Middle Eastern, Arabic, and Persian drumming traditions, as a prime apprentice of three Sufi master drummers, Dr. Ali Analoui, and Naser Khorasani (both from Iran) and Adnan Sarhan, dervish of Bagdad, with whom Bloom has trained for several decades. He has studied since 2001 with Dr. Analoui, and his Daf studies under Naser Khorasani continue to this day, building on their formal Master/Apprecticeship roles fostered under the auspices of the Maryland State Arts Council. Bloom now co-directs the SAMA Ensemble with Analoui and Khorasani.