Will Calhoun is a Graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he received his degree in Recording and Engineering. Will is also a two time Grammy winner with the genre bending iconic Rock band LIVING COLOUR. He’s Produced Herb Alpert—(Colors CD), Mos Def-(Black Jack Johnson Project). Toured and recorded with Harry Belafonte, Caiphus Semenya, Letta M’bulu, Mic Jagger, B.B. King, McCoy Tyner, Mahmoud Ginea, Marcus Miller, Pharoah Sanders, Wayne Shorter (Highlife CD), Oumou Sangare, Ron Carter, Phillip Glass, Lauryn Hill, Stanley Jordan, Ritchie Sambora, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Public Enemy, Mike Stern, Mustapha Bakbou, Jaco Pastorius, Steve Via, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, The Moroccan Gnawan Masters, and many others.
Will has invested over 25 years of personal research in the Outback of Australia, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Belize, and Northern Brazil to document and study the true History of the drums, rhythm, sonic vibrations and their impact on modern music. Will is an inventor and avid user of technology and it’s unique role in creating music. Three well known colleagues continues to brain storm with are: Jaron Lanier(Virtual Reality Inventor), Roger Linn, and Mario DeCurtiis. “Simultaneously studying the past and future of music/rhythm is essential in today’s musical environment”.
Education plays a key role in Will’s career. Giving back to his own community and broadening the horizons of many students around the World is compulsory. He’s lectured at: Simons foundation- lecture with Jim Simons, Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA, Brown University’s Watson Institute, Columbia Teachers College, Berklee College of Music, Haverford College, NYU, The Museum of Mathematics, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The New School, Sup’Imax Institute in Dakar, Senegal, The Montreal Drum Festival in Canada, The Beijing Drum Festival in China, The IBVF - Instituto de Bateria in São Paulo, Brazil, and BMHC cultural events in the Bronx.
Will is on the Advisory Board of two organizations:
BMHC - Bronx Music Heritage Center where he develops local Bronx works, creating a stimulus for new/alternative art concepts in the Bronx.
The second organization is THE WAY OF THE RAIN. An extraordinary multi-media group featuring Bylle and Robert Redford, paying homage to Mother Earth.
Visit www.willcalhounart.com to witness Will’s extraordinary and unique “Rhythm Art” canvas pieces.