Based in San Diego, Julien Cantelm is highly sought after for his versatile, creative, and unique drumming. Born into a musical family, Julien’s journey began at a young age. His father a percussionist and his uncle, bassist for the Pittsburgh Symphony, introduced the violin to Julien around the age of 4 before moving on to acoustic guitar and drums.

Notable collaborations -

Geoffrey Keezer / Peter Sprague / Chico Pinheiro / The Danny Green Trio / Josh Nelson / Joshua White / Eric Marienthal / Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo / Matt Pierson Sear Sound NYC / Eva Scow / Marcos Silva / Ian Faquini / Fabiano Do Nascimento / Rebecca Kleinmann / Sam Gendel 

The Danny Green Trio:
2015 Winner of Best Jazz Album of the Year San Diego Music Awards 
Cantelm joined the Danny Green Trio in 2010 and recorded on Green’s highly acclaimed 2012 release A Thousand Ways Home which reached #17 on the national jazz charts and was nominated for best jazz album in the SDMA's. 

Kelp Giant: - an instrumental Guitar, Sax, and Drum trio performing original music drawing inspiration from Eastern European Balkan music, Flamenco, and Jazz. The trio utilizes live looping and special effects to create a full and unique sound. 

Dusty Brough-
Julien performs and records with an exceptional guitarist/composer Dusty Brough in a duo collaboration with frequent guest artists. 
2013 release "Tortoise in the Presence of a Goldfish." 
(Minor 7th) 
“...guitarist Dusty Brough and drummer Julien Cantelm will leave you with your jaw on the floor.” 

Allison Adams Tucker - World Jazz Vocalist 


Julien has toured extensively throughout the USA and has toured Europe 


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