GLOW in the DRUM

Who We Are

Josh Gilgoff

New York drummer Josh Gilgoff is the world’s first musician to combine Western drums with West African shaker balls -- an instrument known as the Televi. A college trip to Ghana inspired him to pioneer a new version of the hollowed-out gourds and to develop an exciting new technique for playing them that draws on African and American traditions.

Gilgoff leads his own group, Glow in the Drum, on drums and a glow-in–the-dark Televi. He also performs with children’s group King Pajama ( and Cosmolingo (

He recorded Televi on Kelly Saint Patrick’s Grammy-nominated 2009 album In the Margins.

Gilgoff has performed with world-renowned musicians ranging from David Liebman to Swiss Chris (John Legend) to Wayne Batchelor (Nnenna Freelon) and Richie Cannata (Billy Joel).

Gilgoff has a decade’s experience playing New York’s five boroughs and throughout the Northeast, from Manhattan’s Bitter End and The Knitting Factory to Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live and Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus to the Montreal Pop Festival.

He has studied with some of the world’s greatest drummers and musicians, including Joe Chambers, Cecil Bridgewater and Bill Summers.

Gilgoff attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and graduated from Temple University in 2003. He has worked for CityYear in Philadelphia and earned a master’s degree in education from Pace University as a New York City Teaching Fellow.

Gilgoff teaches students with disabilities in Harlem, inspiring them to love and create music of all types.

Links to past projects (traditional kit drumming):

Dan Kalai Band:
Dirty Water:

More Televi videos:

Brian Holtz

Brian Holtz is a versatile and in demand freelance bassist (electric, upright, and synth bass) in New York City. He has performed across the United States, Holland, France, England, the Caribbean, and has appeared at major festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL), South-by-Southwest (Austin, TX), and the Indianapolis Jass Festival, among others.

As a studio musician, he has appeared on many albums, commercials, and music for Television. He received his formal training at the Indiana University School of Music and the Ravinia Institute (Chicago). Brian moved to New York in 2007 and continues to reside in Manhattan.

Selected Performance/Recording Credits: Deborah Gibson, Brooke Hogan, Bassam Saba, Carlos Alomar, Jamey Haddad, Isiah Simmons, Alex Isles, Tyron Cooper, Alexis Julliard, Mike Delledera, Nathan Childers, America Ferrara, Michael lewis, The Turn, Luis Columna, Michael Weiss, Sylvia McNair, David Andrews Rogers, Kara Suzanna, Luis Carlos Maldonado, Rock Star Karaoke NYC, Chieko Honda, Lindsay Katt, Nacirema, Criminal Conversation, Greek Metropolitan Chorale NYC, David Baker, Princess Katie & Racer Steve, Eastern Star Church - Indianapolis, Elvira, IU Soul Revue, Melissa Otero.---------- Brian currently endorses Martin Strings.
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Kent Thompson

Kent Thompson began his career with Borne’s Cameron Tapp in Tasmania touring the surf beaches of Australia with Seventh Heaven. In 1993, Kent moved to Sydney to study music at the Sydney Conservatorium where he wrote and recorded tracks with Sony artist (INXS backing singer) Lisa Maxwell and released the album “Morsels” with his band The Cooks.

Kent moved to London in 1999 and became involved with a short-lived band 8JETZ who supported top Australian acts Grinspoon and Tommy Emmanuel. After winning the Green Card lottery along with selling his soul to the devil like Robert Johnson, Kent is now based in New York.

Recent Performance Credits Include: Rock Star Karaoke NYC --- "The Best Karaoke in NYC" according to Time Out Magazine --- playing Canal Rooms, ARS Nova, Bonnaroo Music Festival Tennessee, Saturday Night Live (SNL) after parties, ABC TV's Life on Mars wrap party, Times Square Ford Fiesta American Idol promotion feat. Ace Young, Lucky Magazine Party, LIV Fontainebleu Miami, NYC Mayor Bloomberg's summer party.
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