Abbey Rader is a musician and composer who has dedicated his life to playing improvised music as part of a spiritual quest for deeper meaning. He is heavily influenced by his study of Buddhism under the tutelage of the Master Sheng Yen, beginning in 1975 at the Ch’an Center in Queens, New York. His career spans over four decades with a discography that includes 26 albums, the majority under his leadership. He lived in Europe in the late 70s and 80s where he performed with John Handy, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Gunter Hampel, Jeanne Lee, Marion Brown, Mal Waldron, and had his own band, The Right Time. He was a clinician for Sonor drums for many years and taught jazz drum set studies at several universities in Germany. Since returning to America, he has performed and recorded with Dave Liebman, Billy Bang, Frank Lowe, Ed Schuller, Kidd Jordan and many others.
Most recently Mr. Rader is working and recording in duo, trio and quartet with John McMinn, Noah Brandmark and Kyle Motl.
Abbey recorded and performed with:
Billy Bang, Ed Schuller, Frank Lowe, David Liebman, Philip Gelb, Luc Houtkamp, Keshavan Maslak, George Bishop, Mal Waldron, Dr. L. Subramaniam, John Handy, Joe Gallivan, Gunter Hampel, Marion Brown, Laurindo Almeida, Herman Foster, Peck Morrison, Ron McClure, Mack Goldsbury, Bob Lenox, Roy Cumming, Marty Cook, Leonard Jones, Jeanne Lee, Peter Ponzol, Marc Levin, Sigi Busch, David Wertman, Leszek Zadlo, Joerg Widmoser, Chris Beier, Rainer Glas, Ken Simon, Kim Mikkelson, Cameron Brown, Joe Zeytoonian, and many others.