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April Centrone

April Centrone is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher and music therapist based in New York City. Her first instrument was drumset at age 9. She continues to work as a rock, jazz, and everything-in-between drummer. Into her teens and 20s, she acquired many western and Middle Eastern string instruments such as the 'ud (Arabic lute). In 2007, she co-founded the New York Arabic Orchestra, non-profit organization specializing in the performance and education of Arabic music and the preservation of Arab culture and heritage, where she also served as lead percussionist. She has toured with icons including Ziad Rahbani, Bassam Saba and Marcel Khalife, has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and has toured throughout Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Far East. She has held lectures at universities around the world including Taipei University of the Arts and Lebanese American University and public schools throughout New York City with project such as Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Connect. Her music therapy work has taken her to Malaysia via the U.S. Embassy, working with refugee youth centers and safe houses for young women. During her residence in Lebanon from 2013 to 2016, she founded project Juthoor, Arabic music and language project for refugee and underprivileged youth. Centrone holds weekly classes for women in percussion, ‘ud performance and drum meditation, and strongly advocates female empowerment in her teaching and compositions. Centrone recently recorded her debut solo album entitled New Moon to be released Spring 2018, featuring her on drumset, riqq (Arabic tambourine), bendir (North African frame drum), ‘ud (Arabic lute), buzuq (Arabic long-neck lute), guitar, piano, voice and spoken word. Centrone carries a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College, New York City.