Tom Schnabel

Tom Schnabel

Tom Schnabel is an internationally recognized radio producer, pioneer, and innovator in world music.

He helped introduce world music to American audiences as KCRW’s first music director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic (1979-1991).

Tom is the author of two books ("Stolen Moments: Conversations with Contemporary Musicians" and "Rhythm Planet: The Great World Music Makers"), and numerous articles about music.

He has produced a number of recordings (Trance Planet, vols. 1–5), and provides music supervision for advertising and movies. He has also served as program director for the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and continues to host weekly music shows for KCRW.  

His world music blog, Rhythm Planet, launched in May 2013.

Tom has degrees from USC (BA, Humanities), The Sorbonne (Diplome Semestrielle) and UCLA (MA, Comparative Literature.

Tom has taught in Los Angeles (UCLA Extension, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Mt. Saint Mary’s College) and in Paris (Ecole Universelle).

Tom now has over 20 years of experience teaching world music and currently offer weekly music salons at my home. 

"Music has always been my first love and passion."

Recent Stories

Arts, Culture & Media

The Sound of Siam

Music critic Tom Schnabel plays us tracks from a new collection of old music from Thailand. The CD is called The Sound of Siam. It is a compilation of tracks by Thai artists from the 1960s and '70s.

Arts, Culture & Media

Tito Puente, 'The King of Mambo'

Even those who don't know Latin jazz tend to know Tito Puente. He is not known as �The King of Mambo� for nothing. His music has appeared in many films, most notably, perhaps, �The Mambo Kings.� Tom Schnabel gives us a refresher on Puente's roots.

Lifestyle & Belief

Natacha Atlas

Tom Schnabel, music critic for KCRW makes his pick for today's Global Hit. It's singer Natacha Atlas and her new album, �Mounqaliba�.