Miles Lassi, hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, is a percussionist now based in New York City. Versed in both classical and ethnic styles, he has performed in many different settings and ensembles, ranging from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall to Annette Aguilar’s Latin Jazz “StringBean” sextet at the New Haven and San Jose Jazz Festivals. He has also performed with the Marin Symphony, Tangerine Dream, producers Alchemist and Oh No, John Rutter, JoAnn Falletta, J. Ivy, Phildel, UKOAFRICANA Band, and the Monophonics. He has toured throughout Asia and Europe, performing in renowned halls such as the Musikverein (Vienna), Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), as well as Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater and Davies Symphony Hall in the US. Miles has recorded for producers Sean C and LV (Grind Music) forartists including Talib Kweli, Miguel, Fabulous, and Jadakiss.
As a dance accompanist, Miles has worked with pioneer Anna Halprin and has played for classes at ODC Dance Commons (San Francisco) and Mark Morris Dance Center (Brooklyn). In 2010 Miles received a travel grant to Puerto Rico through the New York Foundation for the Arts to study congas with famed conguero David “La Mole” Ortiz and the indigenous drum/ dance style Bomba.
Miles is dedicated to experimenting with new sounds, rhythms and music for all mediums. He created the percussion score for David Rhymer’s musical Mata Hari in 8 Bullets directed by Tony award winner Peter Schneider at the 10th New York Musical Festival. He also developed parts for Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto V Live Concert at the 51st New York Film Festival under the direction of Grammy award winner Om’mas Keith.
Miles has been fortunate to study under Joseph Tompkins, Michael Werner, Glen Velez, Maya Gunji, Jim Baker, Allen Biggs and Tom Hemphill and is a graduate of Mannes the New School for Music.