Tim Keiper

Tim Keiper is a Brooklyn based drummer/percussionist. His interest in jazz and world music has led him to tour and record with such diverse artists as Cyro Baptista, Vieux Farka Touré, John Zorn, Matisyahu, Dirty Projectors, and Andrew D’Angelo.

Born in Red Bank, NJ, Tim moved to New York City in 1999 where he was introduced to the downtown music scene as well as to music from all over the world. This was the beginning of his ongoing pursuit to embrace a wide variety of cultural and musical traditions and to assimilate them into his own style. His work has given him the opportunity to travel to and study in Brazil, Mali, and India.

Since 1999, Tim has been collaborating with Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista in his groups Beat the Donkey, Banquet of the Spirits, and a new project, BlueFly. In 2005, he joined the band of Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré with whom he has performed at the Festival in the Desert in Timbuktu and recorded on Ali Farka Touré’s posthumous Grammy-winning release, Ali and Toumani. He will spend most of 2016 touring and recording with reggae vocalist and beatboxer Matisyahu. He leads his own band, Eclipticalia, influenced by the sounds of NYC, Timbuktu, and outer space.

Tim Keiper has been on the Steinhardt Jazz Faculty since 2015. He teaches privately and is also teaching the World Percussion Ensemble for the 2015-2016 academic year.