Adam Maalouf's music is found where the modern meets the ancient, where the Pantam (or handpan) meets ancient and traditional styles of music from around the globe brought together using both organic and electronic drums, beats and synthesizers. Pan-tam is the name of the "flying saucer" instrument invented in the year 2000, and the word stems from the combination of the Pan from Trinidad, and the Ghatam (clay pot drum) from South India. Adam's unique musical style comes to life in genre-bending compositions for solo and ensembles incorporating global musicians.
A New York City based composer and performer, Adam has shared his music in venues across the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MoMA, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, The BANFF Center and Austin City Limits. As a collaborator, Adam has performed with ensembles such as The Brooklyn Raga Massive, Pink Martini, Ensemble Signal, The Atlanta Symphony, The National Arabic Orchestra, The Asheville Percussion All-Stars and The Gil Evan's Centennial Project, and with artists such as Steve Reich, Eugene Frisen, Kygo, Drukmo Gyal Dakini, Lizz Wright, Jamey Haddad, Farah Siraj, Morley and many others. Adam performs regularly as a solo artist and with his world music project "Future Tribe".
Adam holds a BA in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and MBA in Music Business from Berklee School of Music. After school, curiosity drew Adam to India and the Middle East to study under renowned hand-percussion masters Anindo Chatterjee, Rohan Krishnamurthy, River Guerguerian, Glen Velez.
Adam approaches teaching music through a diverse and well-rounded rhythmic and musical vocabulary that will take students on a global journey around the Middle East, India, Cuba, Brazil, and beyond. In 2012 co-created the Asheville Percussion Festival in North Carolina with teacher and mentor River Guerguerian. This is a current and annual event where top percussionists from around the world descend on the peaceful mountain city for one week in June. A week-long collaboration between these artists results in weekend concerts and percussion workshops for all levels and ages. Adam recently taught workshops in Middle Eastern Rhythm and Live Looping with Ableton at the Griasdi Handpan and World Music Festival in Haag, Austria and he regularly hosts workshops and retreats in New York area.