Pheeroan akLaff 

American drum-set doyen Pheeroan akLaff engages music through ritual and imagination, and believes that the arts are a way to give thanks and to work for change. His association with adventuresome composers is voluminous. He has toured  Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and New Zealand with his projects of Rhythm Adaption

He is known for his work with musical luminaries Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Anthony Davis, Amina Claudine Myers, Henry Threadgill, Sonny Sharrock, Yamashita Yosuke, Liu Sola, Andrew Hill, Mike Nock, James Newton, Anthony Braxton, Tom Pierson, and many others.

He is a co-founder of Seed Artists Inc. to further arts within communities. Pheeroan has mentored many great drummers and students at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and led workshops worldwide.