Brad Broomfield is a Casa Samba assistant musical directorcreative.
Hello, I`mBrad Broomfield
Hailing from New Orleans LA, Brad Broomfield is, first and foremost, a student of the world’s diversity of cultural expressions. As a culturalist and creative, Brad specializes in drum and dance traditions emanating from West Africa, the Muslim world, and their respective diasporas, with a particular focus on the Caribbean and its ties to south Louisiana. His studies have led him to research music and dance with recognized culture-bearers in and from Ghana, Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, Honduras, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Spain, and India. Brad previously taught Afro-Cuban drumming for the African Rhythms Drum & Dance Troupe at University of Pennsylvania and performed with Philadelphia’s renowned Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble, as well as with the Arab cultural organization Al-Bustan. Currently, Brad is a member of New Orleans’ leading Afro-Brazilian music and dance institution, Casa Samba; a drummer with the internationally-acclaimed, modern Afro-Caribeña group, ÌFÉ; and music director for Andrea Peoples’ Kreative Arts Collective. Brad has also served as the Principal Percussionist/Timpanist of the Jordanian National Orchestra and toured internationally as Featured Percussionist/Snare Drum Soloist for the Tony and Emmy Award-winning Broadway show Blast!
As a solo artist, Brad has performed or taught masterclasses internationally at universities in Brazil, South Africa, Thailand, and China where he toured nationally and was a featured artist and adjudicator for the China International Percussion Festival. Stateside, Brad has been a guest clinician with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Temple University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, as well as the National Youth Orchestra of the USA at Carnegie Hall, among others.