John Hughes is an internationally recognized sculptor, instrumentalist, singer, dancer, instrument builder and educator.

He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

and a B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, England.


Contact Me:

33 West Street, Brattleboro, VT  05301

(802) 380-5683

John has studied the music song and dance of West Africa for over 24 years, training with numerous master drummers and dancers from Guinea and Mali, including Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konate, Sekou Sylla, and Youssouf Koumbassa. 

John has taught sculpture, drawing and design in countless universities, colleges and high schools including The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Skidmore College.  He has been teaching drumming classes, private lessons, and workshops across the United States and Canada for the past 20 years, working at places like Omega Institute, Kripalu Yoga Center, Dance New England and a host of schools and universities.  He maintains weekly classes at The Putney School, Landmark College, and in his studio in Brattleboro, Vermont, where he also builds sculpture and musical instruments.  John performs regularly and has released four CDs of original music which are available on this website.

What’s New?

New CD!

Solo Kora -

Live from The Streets:  Northampton, MA.

Recorded live on Main Street, Northampton, MA on Sept. 26 & 27, 2014.

Played on a 22 stringed Kora that I finished building in the spring of 2014.

Click on the cover image to listen and purchase!

(You’re listening to an excerpt from a recording of a rehearsal with the amazing cellist, Stephen Katz.  Click  here to visit the kora & cello duo page of this website.)

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