Division: Contemporary Music
Program: Jazz Studies, Popular Music
Office: LPB G133
Aaron Serfaty was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He began playing drum set at the age of fifteen and started to play professionally at seventeen. He did extensive work as a session and touring drummer from 1980 until 1991 with local and international artists.
In 1991 he moved to Los Angeles to study Jazz and African American Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (Albert “Tootie” Heath, Joe LaBarbera). Aaron has also taken lessons with Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Jerry Steinholz, and Juan Oliva.
He has played with Arturo Sandoval, Sergio Mendes, Jon Anderson, Dori Caymmi, and Don Grusin among many others.
He has done clinics and master classes at the Lima Jazz Festival in Peru 2006, the First Latin American Drummers Festival in Caracas, Venezuela 2004, and at the French Polynesia Conservatory of Music in Papeete, Tahiti 2005.
He is currently on faculty at the University of Southern California (1997-present), at The California Institute of the Arts (2000-present), and at the Los Angeles Music Academy (1996-present).