Nasar Abadey

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09-1Drummer and Composer Nasar Abadey is the founder, leader and driving force of SUPERNOVA®.  They perform music from the threshold of Jazz to beyond space and time, while having an artistic license to express their compositions through traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro Brazilian, modal and free form. The band’s musical inspirations include, but are not limited to, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and many more.  Based in Washington, DC Abadey has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups, and has performed with many national artists throughout his career. Abadey began playing drums at age five, drawing influences from powerhouse drummers such as Tony Williams, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey and cousin Frankie Dunlop, to name a few. Nasar Abadey creates music which he refers to as Multi-D: multi-dimensional, multi-directional.

Nasar Abadey’s band SUPERNOVA’s® debut CD, Mirage was released on Amosaya Records, and his sophomore CD Diamond In The Rough was released on DPC Records in 2011. SUPERNOVA® was selected by the US State Department and the Lincoln Center as Ambassadors to tour with the American Music Abroad Rhythm Road. This one month tour took them to five (5) countries in East Africa; Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Mozambique. Abadey has performed with many jazz greats, and has appeared in various music festivals internationally. His credits include: Amiri Baraka, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Rouse, Gary Bartz, David Sanchez, Cyrus Chestnut, Gregory Porter, Sonny Fortune, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Kenny Kirkland, Gary Thomas, Stanley Turrentine, Sun Ra, Frank Morgan, Bobby Hutcherson, Pharaoh Sanders, Russell Malone, Malachi Thompson, Andrew White, among others. 

Mr. Abadey’s Eleven Piece (11) piece SUPERNOVA® Chamber Orchestra, which includes strings, was invited by Jason Moran to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage to perform in recognition of International Jazz Appreciation Day, in April 2014.  Abadey’s big band, the Washington Renaissance Orchestra premiered a concert at the historic Lincoln Theatre, in Washington, DC in June, 2013 as a tribute to African American Music Month. He often includes vocals with these ensembles, and is the founder and artistic director of both.  In 2013 Mr. Abadey was honored by the Strathmore Mansion Artist in Resident (AIR) to mentor vocalist, Integrity Reeves, and drummer, Isabelle DeLeon.

Additionally, he has appeared in various festivals including, but not limited to San Remo (Italy), Montreal (Canada), Cap City (DC), Virgin Island (Caribbean), JVC (NYC), Morocco (Africa), Chicago Jazz Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, D.C. Loft Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Mellon Bank Jazz Festival, (Philadelphia), The East Coast Jazz Festival, the Free World Jazz Festival (DC), International Children’s Festival (Seattle), Guatemala City Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington Festival, DC Jazz Festival, Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival among others.

Currently Mr. Abadey is currently Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.


In 2016-2017 granted a Faculty Award for Composition and Recording of original music by the Nasar Abadey SUPERNOVA Chamber Orchestra, at the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Washington City Paper, Art Desk DC’s Best Jazz in 2015-Artist of the year Award; Best Drummer 2015: shared with CV Dashiell and Savannah Grace Harris; and Best Ensemble

Selected by Washington City Paper, Art Desk as DC’s Best Large Ensemble (Washington Renaissance Orchestra) in 2014

Washington City Paper, Art Desk as DC’s Best Drummer in Jazz 2011

Capital Bop-Complete DC Jazz Guide was selected as one of five (5) Top CD’s in 2010.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Creative Communities Initiative Grant Award
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Award for Merit and Artistic Performance
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Artist Award, for performance, concerts and lectures in Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC
Creative Artist Performance Service (CAPS) Award, for Composition, New York State
Prince George’s Arts Council Grant Award for Jazz Workshops in the Maryland Public School sector
GATEWAY CDC for a percussion ensemble; and the Honda Odyssey Project
Served as Music Panelist for DC Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, respectively
Board Member of the Washington DC Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)

 Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA’s® musical presentation demonstrates an array of

Colors, Textures and Grooves!

 Endorsements: Sonor Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Remo Drum Heads

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