Evry Mann is a percussionist, composer and writer based in Harlem, NY. He has played with Atras del Cosmos, Tiny Desk Unit, Gasha Band,Bantu, Chakra City, OmU, the Harmonic Choir and Levanta in a professional career that began in 1975 and is featured on seventeen recordings. He was an artist in residence with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico for six years, performing throughout the country. Ev is the founder and director of POOK, the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston, a youth performance ensemble that has given hundreds of concerts since its inception in 1997.
In addition to his work as a musician, Ev is the founder and former executive director of the Center for Creative Education in Kingston, NY, a non-profit that provides arts education to low-income children and youth (www.cce4me.org) and Marbletown Multi-Arts, a cultural and community center in Stone Ridge, NY (www.ComeToMama.org)
Ev holds masters degrees in religious studies from McGill University and in music composition from Mills College. He has also studied traditional African music in Mali and Senegal and worked extensively with the Ballet Folklorico Cutumba of Santiago de Cuba.
From 1999, Ev has led over seventy trips to Cuba to study music, dance, visual art and education and wrote the sections on Music and Nightlife in Havana and Santiago de Cuba for the Time Out Guide. He continues to work with Cuban artists by serving as a translator on tours for various organizations.