Julian loida

Boston-based percussionist, composer, and producer

Debut solo album “WALLFLOWER” out NOW!



Called a “thought provoker” by Boston Voyager, Julian Loida is a Boston-based percussionist, composer, and producer. Loida’s musical curiosity and open-mindedness has propelled him towards a wide-range of sounds, genres, and artistic endeavors. He’s performed jazz, folk, and classical, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, songwriters/composers, and musicians of all stripes. The thirst to participate in and experience this range of sounds is partly a product of Loida’s synesthesia. Music is a full- body experience for him, with sounds often invoking involuntary sensations of color, texture, or even taste.

Loida often writes and arranges for his projects and ensembles (the Cuban/Brazilian band INÃ, jazz quintet Mojubá, chamber-folk band Night Tree), and his music has been featured in film. His interdisciplinary projects aim at breaking down artistic barriers. The evening-length solo-project Recital of Dedications incorporates speech, visual media, and music into a series of dedications to individuals, historical moments, and more. In 2018, he released the album Bach LIVE!featuring J.S. Bach’s music arranged for percussion. Loida’s upcoming 2019 release, Wallflower, marks his solo-album debut, and also provides the clearest distillation of his voice as a composer to date.

Loida has toured internationally as a featured artist at Korrö, Sweden’s largest folk music festival, and played some of the most prestigious music festivals in the U.S. such as Spoleto, New World Festival, the Exit Zero jazz festival, Caramoor American Roots Festival, and Round Top Music Festival. He has performed with groups such as Alarm Will Sound, the Callithumpian Consort, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

As an educator, Loida shares his scores and deep rhythmic knowledge with students of all ages. In 2017, he received his Master’s Degree in Classical Percussion from New England Conservatory.   

Watch Julian’s latest video for his single “Silver Lacquer” off his forthcoming album WALLFLOWER out Sept 6th.


Upcoming Shows


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WALLFLOWER is an arrival.  After ten years of backing singers, rock bands, latin and jazz big-bands, orchestras, and New Music ensembles, WALLFLOWER is my percussion, performer, and composer debut of all original music for the vibraphone.  Though many drummers are type-casted as rambunctious animals, I approach percussion and music with intense sensitivity and subtlety.  With my hyper sensory awareness due to my synesthesia (the blending of the senses), I create and manipulate blankets of sound that surround the listener with both color and texture that excites the senses yet and calms the mind.

I entitled my album WALLFLOWER because I am one.  Though an awarded entrepreneur, I struggle with the need to be loud and boisterous, not just with my craft, but my personality, while inwardly I feel rather recluse and shy.  Music has been my haven since beginning as a lost teenager. Only after becoming obsessed with my grandfather’s record collection did I become enthralled simultaneously with the music of J.S. Bach and Philip Glass.  These musics gave me a soundscape and dreamspace to let my mind wander with no judgement. The colors, shapes, and forms swirled in my mind lighting up my closed eyes. Glenn Gould and Philip Glass shifted my trajectory from being a rock drummer to an esteemed classical percussionist.

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Private Lessons, Masterclasses & Workshops

Julian being a versed multi-instrumentalist, percussionist, and drummer brings together his intense artistry and critically crafted technique to his teaching style.  Born into a family of educators, Julian adapts his lessons to mold the interests and needs of each student depending on their personality and learning modalities.

Julian as a proficient teacher of drum set, Classical percussion (mallets, snare drum, timpani, accessories), hand-drums (Latin and Middle-Eastern), electric bass, and beginning piano as well as poetry, abstract painting, photography, videography, and being a dance enthusiast, provides his students with varying entry points to excite them not just about percussion and music, but all expressive art forms


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a Closer Listen

August 26, 2019

"Julian Loida has synesthesia, which means that he often feels colors and textures when listening to sounds, integrating it into his compositional process as a visual aid into the creation of musical paintings. This means that the vibraphone, while obviously central to the album, is but an instrument for an emotional exploration that includes samples of other, different sounds."

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The Art Fuse

August 25, 2019

“Percussionist, composer, and programmer Loida is easily one of the Boston music scene’s most valuable players. But while he’s usually to be found helping others sound good, tonight he’ll be presenting music from his new LP, Wallflower, a mesmerizing collection of original compositions for solo vibraphone.”

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21 CM

August 21, 2019

“21CM Takeaway: Julian Loida’s work is heavily influenced by his synesthesia – a condition in which sensory signals get crossed – and that influence can be experienced throughout “Wallflower.” Vibraphone is featured on each track, combined with piano, voice and samples to create an intimate soundscape.”

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