Harvey Wirht based in Brooklyn NY, part of a new generation of drummers with a musical language steeped in the traditional rhythms of the world such as Kaseko, Kawina, Jazz, Gnawa, Bikutsi, Calypso, and Songo. His playing has been described as “effortless syncopated grooving”, “powerful drums”, “organic cooking along a hot simmer”, and an “original and expressive voice”. He has played on over 30 albums and is currently touring with 4 time Grammy nominee Angelique Kidjo.
Harvey B. Wirht was born and raised in Suriname, South America’s multi-cultural paradise. It was there that he started his drum studies at the Suriname Public Music Academy (VMS).
After paying his dues Harvey was offered and seized the opportunity to study in the USA at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He studied under John Ramsey, Joe Hunt, the late Alan Dawson and drum guru Lenny Nelson.
Massachusetts presented Harvey with great musical opportunities such as performing and or touring with the Rainbow band directed by Phil Wilson, A-NO-Ne and the the A-NO-Ne Bigband, the Teresa Ines bigband and small group, the Either Orchestra, Sunsteel, Culture Jam, Rumba Africa, Steel Vibes, Dan Moretti and Rebecca Paris, The Issi Rozen Quintet, the Gilad Barkan Trio, Eric Wainaina, Fareed Haque with Oscar stagnaro and Rick Peckham; Joanne Brakheem with Billy Pierce and Ira Coleman; the John Tchicai quintet with Charlie Colhase, Dave Bryant and John Turner ; David Murray and FraFra sound.
With NY as his New base, Wirht continues to expand his rhythm vocabulary by performing with global artists such as:
Gino Sitson, Martino Atangana, Malika Zarra, Hassan Hakmoun, KJ Dehert, Azouhouni Adhou, Christos Rafalides, John Benitez and now the Benin born Angelique Kidjo.