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Mickey Hart

Percussionist
Grateful Dead
Mickey Hart is a percussionist and ethnomusicologist. He is best known as one of the two drummers of the rock band the Grateful Dead. Mickey has written books on the history and traditions of drumming throughout history, was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is a two time Grammy Winner, and currently serves on the board of "Music and the Brain" at Institute for Music and Neurologic Function at Beth Abraham Hospital. Hart has sonified the Universe, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the America’s Cup. On his new record SUPERORGANISM, Hart is breaking new ground by combining music with science and the human body. “This time we journey into the micro, the hidden worlds of rhythm within us, within our bodies,” says Hart. “My brain wave signals are reimagined in sound using a cap with electrodes that can read the throbs and signals of the brain. I have also sonified the sounds of stem cells, and heart rhythms for this recording. Long a social activist, Hart appeared in August 1991 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging, speaking on the healing value of drumming and rhythm on afflictions associated with aging. In 1991, Hart founded Rhythm For Life, and put on a 2000 person drum circle at the College of Marin, and in the Fall of 2004, broke the Guinness World Record: Largest Drum Ensemble for his 5000 person drum circle, also in Northern California.