Harvey Wirht was born and raised in Suriname, South America’s multi-cultural paradise. He started his drum studies at the Suriname Public Music Academy under the tutelage of the late Albert Collins. During his formative years, he became a member of the VMS symphony orchestra directed by the Legendary Eddey Snijders, playing timpani, drums and percussion. Harvey later went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he studied with such artists as John Ramsey, Joe Hunt, Alan Dawson and Lenny Nelson. During his Boston years, he recorded on CDs such as “Life overflowing” with John Tchicai, which won the Boston music award for best Jazz recording, toured with the Hiro Honshuku big band in Japan and with the Either Orchestra in Ethiopia.
Harvey’s versatility and virtuoso drumming has led to performances with some of today’s top artists across several genres of music including Angelique Kidjo, Ziggy Marley, Leni Stern, David Gilmore, Joanne Brackeen, Hassan Hakmoun, Maria Schneider, Babatunde Olatunji, Gino Sitson, Fareed Haque, Izzy Rosen, Mamiko Watanabe, Bala Tounkara and, many others. Wirht has performed at the The Peace Ball for the inauguration of President Barack Obama, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Live Earth concerts, South Africa, Good Morning America, the CBS Early Morning Show, NAACP Awards ceremony etc.