K.R. Azad is a versatile musician, with comprehensive experience in diverse genres such as jazz, rock, funk, and hip-hop. His knowledge of musical styles from around the world — Cuban, Brazilian, West African, and Turkish percussion — has had a profound impact on both his playing and his teaching.
Azad is also an avid composer. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Kansas and writes music for a variety of ensembles. He is the winner of the 2016 George Lawner Prize for Orchestral Composition.