Noah Plotkin, Founder / Music Director
Noah Plotkin is a professionally trained Performance and World Percussion musician who is a 2007 graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has collaborated as a percussionist with a number of notable institutions in the United States and abroad including The Martha Graham Dance Conservatory, Sala Crisantempo School of Dance in Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil, The Amsterdam Theatre School of Dance, The Parkinson's Project at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Chicago and the Northwestern University & Columbia College dance programs. Noah is currently a private drum teacher, music educator and valued member of many different Chicago area world music, rock, blues, funk, pop and jazz ensembles including Chicago's elite event bands, The Gold Coast All Stars, Bowmanville & Railheart.
Noah was born and raised on Chicago’s North Shore into a loving family who appreciates and supports the arts as a vocation of which to be proud. At the age of four Noah began playing drums however his mother Robin is quite certain he was keeping time in utero during a Pat Metheny Group concert a month before he was born. Remarkably, beginning at age 13, Noah’s first private drum teacher was Paul Wertico - the Grammy Award winning drummer for the Pat Metheny Group - who was playing that very evening when Robin first felt Noah's rhythmic movement. Noah’s commitment and participation in every school band from middle school through high school resulted in his being awarded the Benny Goodman Prize for excellence upon graduation. At the Berklee College of Music, Noah was quickly introduced to a wider range of percussion styles, techniques and musical expression through his studies with legendary musicians such as Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Kenwood Dennard (Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston), Skip Hadden (Weather Report) & Dave DiCenso (Duran Duran).
Throughout his life Noah has recognized the power of music to unite people of all ages and backgrounds to build strong and sustainable communities. He believes that music is a universal language that reaches across all cultural and demographic boundaries. It is in this spirit that Noah hopes to bring awareness of rhythmic music as a complimentary tool to enable people of all ages to create and maintain good health.
Life Rhythms was founded in 2013 to facilitate health and wellness in diverse populations through the power of rhythmic music. Programs are designed to express the creative spirit, vent stress and re-establish a healthy and beneficial life rhythm.
Life Rhythms offers individual and group sessions for personal growth, empowerment, team building and health and wellness with a particular emphasis on engaging seniors living in assisted living, retirement and memory care facilities. In addition to these groups Life Rhythms also facilitates drum circles for corporate and youth populations where self-expression, movement, socialization and team building is encouraged.