Photo by  Jeff Mertz

Photo by Jeff Mertz

Robby Bowen is a post-genre drummer, percussionist, improviser, and sound artist based in Brooklyn. He is a co-founder of avant-dream band Boio (with Finnegan Shanahan) and drummer of The Roofer’s Union. An active performer, he also frequently plays with projects like AlpenglowContemporaneous, Abbi PressGoldfeather, and Echo Chamber, among other freelance gigs in the NY area. As a contemporary percussionist, Robby has worked with artists like John Corigliano, Pascal Le Boeuf, Martin Creed, So Percussion, Fjola Evans, Scott Wollschleger, Jerek Bischoff, and more.  Some of his performance highlights include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Park Avenue Armory, Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, Elsewhere (Hall), and EMPAC. 

Robby holds a Masters of Music from the Mannes conservatory at The New School and a B.M. from the University of Maryland, CP. Between semesters, he completed fellowships at the Bang On A Can festival at Mass MoCA and the So Percussion Summer Institute. He also traveled to Ghana to study Ewe drumming and dance in the village of Kopeiya during the summer of 2012.

In addition to performing, he has worked as an educator, modern dance accompanist, audio engineer, and a slew of random day jobs. For more of an idea of what Robby is about, check out the other pages for sounds and images. He would love to make something with you.