Ron Wagner’s musical career spans decades of recording, performing, and touring internationally with the likes of the theatrical production of Cirque du Soleil in Japan and Hollywood, as well as with headliners like Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, the L. Subramanium/Larry Coryell band, Steve Kujala, Strunz and Farah, and Chick Corea.
His vast musical experience ranges from classical orchestral and jazz to prog rock and world ethnic music. Ron's diverse world music background has taken him around the globe performing music from India, Iran, Uzbekistan/Central Asia, Egypt, Israel, Brazil, and Latin America, as well as American Jazz, Rock, and New Age. He began playing Uzbek doira (frame drum) with Avaz International Dance Theater in 1993, and has performed as Gulistan’s featured doirist since 2017.
Ron has played on soundtracks for numerous television shows including Fantasy Island, Murder She Wrote, The Equalizer, Salaam Bombay, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Enterprise, and was a founding member of the jazz/rock fusion group Auracle, that was signed to Chrysalis Records.
Ron’s education includes:
John Rowland - percussionist with the Buffalo Philharmonic; Prof. John Beck - Eastman School of Music, Bachelor’s degree in percussion; Harihar Rao and Pandit Taranath Rao - Indian Tabla (14 years of study); and Souhail Kaspar - Middle Eastern Dumbek & Rek.
Ron is endorsed by Paiste Cymbals, an industry leader in percussion.