Austin Wrinkle is a versatile drummer and percussionist who has immersed himself in rhythm and drumming from near and far. By combining techniques and concepts from many cultures, he has forged a unique voice on an array of drums and percussion instruments. Austin was nominated for “World Percussionist Of The Year” in the 2014 Drum! Magazine Drummies Awards.

He is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed percussion group Hands On’Semble, a percussion group devoted to the art of hand drumming. Winner of Drum! Magazine Drummies Award for “Best Percussion Ensemble” in 2003, 2002, and first runner up award in 2001.

“A Stellar percussion group with extraordinary soloing, and extensive palette of sounds” (Modern Drummer Magazine) 

Austin has performed with Hands On’Semble throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia at many of the world’s premier percussion and world music festivals, music schools and conservatories. They have collaborated with a wide array of highly esteemed percussionists including: John Bergamo, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Houman Pourmehdi, Adam Rudolph, Poovalur Sriji, Abbos Kosimov, Glen Velez, Brad Dutz, Jamey Haddad, Steve Shehan, Mark Nauseef, Pete Lockett, Ed Mann, Jerry Leake, Carlos Stasi and Guello.

Hands on’Semble worked on the soundtrack for the 2011 Universal Pictures feature film “Cowboys and Aliens”, and was featured on the soundtrack to the 2010 Disney feature film, “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time”, music composed by Harry Gregson-Williams. 

Austin has performed at festivals such as: Alma Surf Festival, PercPan, Ritmos de Terra, and the First International Music Festival of Belo Horizonte, Encontro Internacional de Percussão in Brazil; World Drum Festival in Hamburg Germany; The Taiwan International Drum Festival, the Tainan Chi-Hsi Int’l Arts Festival – Int’l Drummers Gala and the Hsin Chu International Folk Drum Festival in Taiwan; several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC); Seattle World Rhythm Festival; Watts Tower Day of the Drum Festival; the Different Drummer Festival, and numerous PAS “Days of Percussion” including New York City, Southern California, Central California, Northern California, Southern Oregon, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Nevada. 

Austin’s composition “Wart Hog #3” has become a standard of modern percussion ensemble repertoire. Wart Hog #3 has been performed by numerous percussion ensembles world-wide and has been programmed alongside illustrious composers such as John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Steve Reich. 

Education: California Institute of the Arts 

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music (1997)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Music (1999)