Jarrod Cagwin Artist


Jarrod Cagwin was born in the rural farmlands of Iowa, in the United States.  He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where he was exposed to a variety of drumming and percussion styles from around the world.

He has traveled to several countries to research and document percussion and musical genres, including South India, Turkey, Syria, Morocco, Ghana, and Mali.

From 2010 – 2014 he was a professor of percussion at the State Conservatory of Music in Istanbul, Turkey, and from 2005-2010 a resident instructor at the Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt.  He is an artistic designer for Turkish Cymbals (Istanbul) and Eckermann Drums (Vienna), where he has collaborated to develop a unique line of hand crafted instruments.

His performance and recording credits are extensive, notably including Rabih Abou-KhalilSezen Aksu, Mehmet Emin Bitmez, Kudsi Erguner, Ensemble Modern, Michel Godard, Natasa Mirkovic, Nenad Vasilic, Bojan Z, Dusko Goykovic, Derya Türkan, Erkan Oğur, Ricardo Ribeiro, Fahir Atakoğlu, Os Musicos do Tejo, Luciano Biondini, Gavino Murgia, Joachim Kühn, The BBC Orchestra, The Macedonian Philharmonic, Tekfen Orchestra, The Metropolitania Orchestra of Lisbon.

Presently he resides in Spain and additionally conducts clinics and workshops for drumming and rhythm training throughout Europe.

Jarrod Cagwin: 45 Min Masterclass

This masterclass will be a demonstration of various hand drumming techniques and rhythmic theory applied in a hybrid drumset formation.

A brief synopsis of South Indian linear rhythmic theory in combination with Oriental and West/North African conceptions will be illustrated with step by step instruction on incorporating these influences into contemporary hybrid drumset / percussion performance.

Instruments that will be demonstrated are:  Solkattu/Konnokol Kanjira (South India), Mizhar/Bendir & Riqq/Tef (Turkey/Syria/Iraq), special hybrid hand drums of PanjiraCreature, & Tambouriqq, and Jarrod Cagwin Soundscape Cymbal Series (Turkish Cymbals).

A special concentration will be given to how hand drumming techniques can be applied to cymbals in combination with western percussion adeptness to create dramatic sound atmospheres with drums and cymbals, advantageous for Jazz drumming, “World” Percussion, Contemporary Music Percussion, and Film Scoring / Sound Design.


Kits are custom made by Eckermann Drums. Kits are adapted to musical situation. Including frame drums and percussion brooms by Eckermann Drums.  www.percussionbrooms.com

Turkish Cymbals – Jarrod Cagwin Soundscape Series

Jarrod Cagwin Artist