Drummer and composer Abinnet Berhanu is an up and coming artist that is developing a reputation for being an open, versatile, intense, emotional musician. Ever since the moment he picked up the drums, he knew where his heart lied. After finishing high school in Williamsburg, VA, Abinnet moved on to Richmond, VA, where he completed his studies in Economics and Jazz Performance at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

As a bandleader, Abinnet tries to marry the sounds of his upbringing and his experiences looking at life through Ethiopian American lenses. His group Hebret Musica (Community Music) comes together to make music that makes audience members sit on the edge of their seats, bridging Ethiopian sounds with soulful modern jazz in one dramatic presentation. Abinnet as a sideman and/or as a leader has had fortunate opportunities to appear in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the United States Library of Congress, the Strathmore Performing Arts Center, the DC Jazz Festival, the Embassy of Sweden, the Embassy of Gabon, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz Club, the CapitolBop Jazz Loft, the Richmond Jazz Society Stage at the Second Street Festival, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Havana Nights Jazz Club, and the Williamsburg Library Theatre. Hebret Musica's debut record is currently in the works and is expected to be released in July 2019.

Abinnet has had fortunate opportunities to be able to share the bandstand with such notable musicians including but not limited to: Steve Wilson, Allyn Johnson, John D'Earth, Justin Kauflin, Herman Burney Jr., Todd Marcus, Michael Hawkins, Russell Wilson, Harris Simon, Randy Johnston, and Charles Owens.

In the realm of education, Abinnet served as a musician co-instructor at the University of Richmond's Summer Joan Oates Institute from 2011-2013. The focus of the session was to explore the concept of integrating jazz improvisation concepts into K-12 teaching. In addition, Abinnet has had opportunities to give masterclasses at the secondary and collegiate levels focusing on beginning concepts of jazz improvisation and ensemble playing.