Vincent Pierce Smith is a multi instrumentalist, teacher, recording engineer, and composer born in New Jersey, USA. Raised by two visual artists, Vincent’s love for art and music began at the age of 8. He Studied Jazz and Classical music at Mason Gross School of the arts, Rutgers University. Vincent started playing Drum Set professionally at the age of 14 and has toured with different groups ever since. Vincent is a skilled dance accompanist and has played over one thousand Modern and African dance classes. He composes for Modern dance using both electronic and acoustic instruments. He is also an accompanist for the complex Kathak dance of North India and has studied and performed in India and America. He currently tours with the dance and percussion group, “Pradhanica”.
Vincent studied Tabla for 11 years with Tabla Guru, Pandit Divyang Vakil and has applied his knowledge of North Indian Tabla Rhythms onto Drum Set and Cajon. In recent years, Vincent has focused on Cajon and has developed a unique style using Tabla technique. He also plays a full cajon Drum set and is a Schlagwerk Percussion Endorser.
Vincent’s latest release is a full length instrumental album called, “The Transcendent State”. The music features Hang and Halo drums, tabla, cajon, and synths and was recorded with Kartikeya Arul.
Teaching privately for over 13 years, Vincent has taught hundreds of students. He has teaching experience with various age groups and ability levels. He enjoys teaching and spreading musical knowledge by using multi cultural instruments and styles to encourage communication, understanding, and acceptance through the language of music.