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.
He is endorsed with Regal Tip, Schlagwerk, and Torres Cajon Mic System.

Education
BA in Music, Rutgers University, NJ
Taalim School of Indian Music, Edison, NJ
Rhythm Riders School in Ahmedabad, India

Teachers & Mentors
Pandit Divyang Vakil, Billy Martin (MMW), Rushi Vakil, Kaumil Shah, Jin JoungJin Won, Sejal Kukadia, Loren Oppenheimer, Scott Martin, Pat Petrillo,
Tony Reedus, Ralph Peterson, Stanely Cowell, Chris Brown, Jerome Jennings, Ralph Bowen, Mike Lukshis, and Tony D’Nicola

Performing Experience
Pradhanica (present)
AATMA Perfoming Arts (2015)
Taan (2012)
The Do Rights (2012)
Natural Breakdown (2002-2011)
Amber Blues (2002-2004)
Adam’s Not Funny (1998-1999)
Rail 16 (1996-1998)
Rusted Root
Billy Martin
Girish
SRI Kirtan
Guru Ganesha
Sharon Silverstein
Consider the Source
Mike Montrey Band
One Eyed Jack

Monmouth County Orchestra
Mason Gross Jazz Band
Mason Gross Dance Classes
Mason Gross African Ensemble
Dance Plus, Rutgers
World Cafe Live, PA
Cutting Room, NYC
BB Kings, NYC
NJPAC
Riverside Theater, Milwaukee
Lisner Auditorium, DC
Rutgers Glee Club
Summer concert Series – Hudson River NYC
Princeton Festival, McCarter Theater
Mountain Jam, NY
Earth Dance, CA
Dreamtime Festival, CO
Fox Theater, CO
Fairfield Theater Company
Rockwood Music Hall, NYC
Tabla Performances in India and US
Weddings and Events

Radio performances
WKCR 89.9
WDHA 105.5

Teaching Experience
Westminster Conservatory, Princeton, NJ
Rider University, NJ
Music Tech, South brunswick, NJ
Taalim School of Indian Music, Edison, NJ
Mason Gross Dance Department, Rutgers
Christine Music Academy, Edison, NJ
Lou Rose Music, Edison, NJ
Academy of Music, East Brunswick, NJ
Clinics at PAC
Private Students

Composing & Recording Experience
“Soundscapes” Written and performed live for Mason Gross Dance Plus, December, 2007
“Antigone” Score composed, recorded, and performed for Mason Gross Theater Department, 2008
“Desire” Score composed for, “Enter” choreography by Kim Gibilisco for Dance Plus Fall, 2013
“Glitch” Score composed with Nimisha Mahiyaria – Junior Dance Concert Mason Gross 2015
“dance is a moving painting” Score composed for Nimisha Mahiyaria – Senior Dance solo at Mason Gross 2015
Kathak Dance Pieces Recorded for Jin Won and Pradhanica
Turiya, “The Transcendent State” 2013
“Milked” 1999 Adams Not Funny
“All The Paths” 2009 Natural Breakdown – Natty B Records
“Inside The One” 2007 Natural Breakdown – Natty B Records
Sound and lighting Technician for Nicolas Music Center, Mason Gross
Sound assistant at Music Together, Princeton, NJ

Musical Profile
Rock, Jazz, Latin, Funk, and Fusion.
African: Djembe, bells
Indian: Tabla, Nal, Cajon, Drum set
Latin: Congas, Bongos, Timbales, Cajon, Drum set
Frame Drum, Steel Drum, Snare Drum, Piano
Electronic music – Ableton, Maschine, Moog Analog Synths

Endorser For
Schlagwerk Percussion, Germany
Regal Tip
Torres Cajon Mic Systems