Richie Barshay began drumming inside kitchen cabinets at an early age and continues banging on things worldwide to this day. Noted for his work with the Herbie Hancock Quartet, he’s been dubbed “a major rhythm voice on the rise” by Downbeat Magazine. The Guardian (UK) praises “the arrival of a major innovator who also knows how to have fun.” On tour and recordings his diverse resume includes Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, The Klezmatics, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Lee Konitz, Natalie Merchant, Bobby McFerrin, and Pete Seeger among others. Since 2004 he has led outreach projects as an American Musical Envoy with U.S. embassies on 5 continents. Richie has been teaching drumming since 2005, including private lessons, group rhythm workshops, and body percussion for drummers and non-drummers.