April Centrone (USA)

April Centrone (USA)


April Centrone is a drummer, percussionist, oud player, educator and music therapist based in the NYC area. As a hand percussionist, she specializes in the riqq, darbuka and frame drum, under the mentorship of the great riqq legend, Michel Merhej Baklouk. She is the co-founder, executive director and lead percussionist of the New York Arabic Orchestra (incepted in 2007), which has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Detroit Symphony Hall and the United Nations (www.nyarabicorchestra.org) @nyarabicorchestra. April has toured throughout the Americas, Asia, Middle East, Far East, New Zealand and Europe as a performer and educator.  She has performed in festivals such as Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Marciac Jazz Festival (FR), Beirut Jazz Festival (LB), and Taipei Chinese Orchestra Silk Road Festival (TW), among others. She has performed with stars of the Arab World including Ziad Rahbani (son of Fairouz), Marcel Khalife, Bassam Saba and others.  In the jazz and experimental scenes in NYC, she has worked John Zorn's Tzadik project with Secret Chiefs 3 at the NYC Opera House, Karl Berger's Improvisor's Orchestra, Eyvind Kang, Peter Apfelbaum's Sparkle Trio, and toured worldwide with Secret Chiefs 3 opening for Primus.  She has worked extensively with inner-city youth via programs such as Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Connect. For several years, she worked overseas with refugee youth and young women in safe homes throughout the Middle East and South Asia, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy of Malaysia and local NGOs. 

Currently, she manages her business, 10PRL, 6,500 sqft film, music, dance, arts and event space in Long Branch, NJ, which she opened in January 2020 www.10prl.com @10PRL. She currently teaches Arabic music at William Paterson University in Paterson, NJ and teaches private percussion classes.