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April Centrone

is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher and music therapist based in the Jersey Shore and NYC. She is co-founder of the New York Arabic Orchestra (2007), non-profit organization specializing in the performance and education of Arabic music. As a drummer and percussionist, she has performed in venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, NYC Opera House, Marciac Jazz Festival (France), Beirut Jazz Festival, Festival Du Monde Arabe in Montreal, World Music Festival of New Zealand, Taipei Chinese Orchestra Silk Road Festival in Taiwan, Festival Músicas do Mundo in Portugal and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors in New York City.  She has toured throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East with rock bands such as Secret Chiefs 3, and with icons of the Middle East such as Ziad Rahbani and Marcel Khalife.

As a teacher, she led world music programs for inner-city youth throughout NYC with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Connect, and lectured at universities around the world including Taipei University of the Arts, Berklee College of Music and Lebanese American University. As a music therapist, she worked with Palestinian and Syrian refugee youth during her stay in Lebanon (2013-2016), and in Malaysia, worked at Rohingya refugee youth centers and safe-houses for female teens. She holds weekly drum technique and therapy groups in New York City. She lives everyday for spreading culture, ancient music/therapeutic practices, and empowering women to be loud, make mistakes, ask for what they want, and be the bosses they were born to be.

Her debut album ‘New Moon’ (2018), a story about love, war and the sea, is available on Spotify.  www.aprildrums.com