Surya Prakasha is noted for his steady time and feel, clear phrasing and taste, sensitive touch and dynamics, flexibility and supporting ability, intensity and emotional fire. A versatile drummer, Surya has experience playing a diverse range of music styles.
Surya graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory(link) in 1999, where he apprenticed with jazz drummers Greg Bandy, Michael Carvin, Joe Morello, and Dennis Mackrel. He studied intensive music theory, history, performance, composition and arranging with composer and educator Dr. Wendell Logan.
Surya studied African diaspora drumming with percussionist Adetobi Greg Jackson and dancer Adenike Miriam Sharpley from 1994-1999 and performed with both. He studied classical snare drum withMichael Rosen and performed with the award-winning Oberlin Jazz Septet and Ensemble.
Surya has performed with musicians of note such as:
Trumpeters Clark Terry, Mike Mossman, Marcus Belgrave, Matt Schulman, and Greg Glassman; Bassists Jamil Nasser, Lamar Gaines, and John Evans; Pianists Harold Mabern, Muhal Richard Abrams, Neal Creque, and Dave Matthews; Saxophonists James Moody and Donald Walden; Flautist James Newton; Guitarists Bobby Ferrazza, John Schott, and Shelley Doty; and Vocalists Jane Monheit, Vanessa Rubin, Jacqui Naylor, Spencer Day and Pyeng Threadgill.