Drummer and Composer Nasar Abadey is the founder, leader and driving force of SUPERNOVA®. Their music is performed from the threshold of Jazz to beyond space and time, having an artistic license to express their compositions through traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, and free form. Musical inspirations include John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Duke Ellington among others. Abadey’s performance credits include many of the jazz greats of today and yesterday, as has recorded and/or 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 his cousin Frankie Dunlop.
Performances include original compositions, standard jazz compositions, and far reaching music that is organic in nature and stems from the improvisational into the future. Currently Mr. Abadey is a Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies Department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. In addition to SUPERNOVA® Abadey has formed other ensembles including the Nasar Abadey Quartet; SUPERNOVA® Chamber Orchestra with Strings; The Washington Renaissance Orchestra, and The Renaissance Trio, among others.
Previously selected honors and awards: the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Creative Communities Initiative Award; the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for Merit and Artistic Performance; the NEA Artist Award; the NY Creative Artist Performance Service Award (CAPS); the Prince Georges Arts Council Award for Jazz Workshops; Gateway CDC for a percussion ensemble; and the Honda Odyssey Project for Young Audiences. Served as Music Panelist for DC Commission on the Arts; National ndowment for the Arts, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, respectively; and is currently a Board Member of the Washington DC Area Lawyers for the Arts.