TRADITIONS: Percussion traditions of Cuba, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Brazil and Ghana. Specific styles include rumba, comparsa, bembe, guiro, bèlè, vidé, gwoka, samba, candomble, kpanlogo, kinka, and others.
POPULAR MUSIC: Percussion in the worldís popular music: salsa, songo, soca, samba, afrobeat, highlife, zouk, biguine, reggae, funk, jazz Ö
INSTRUMENTS: Conga, bongó, shekere, cajón, guiro, clave, maracas, campana, tanbou bèlè, chacha, tibwa, gwoka, surdo, tamborim, agogo, repinique, berimbau, gankogui, the Ewe drum ensemble, and many additional instruments.
INDIVIDUAL LESSONS: I teach at my home in El Cerrito, California. This is easily accessible from Highway 80, just a few minutes from both the Bay Bridge and the Richmond Bridge.
GROUP LESSONS: Group lessons cost less per person than individual, plus they get you playing with other people. The African and Caribbean music I teach is meant for multiple players, so it really comes alive in the group context.
EXTENDED WORKSHOPS: Since 1987 I've taught one-day, weekend, and week-long workshops at colleges, music schools and music camps. This is a great way to provide an intensive experience for small or large groups.
RHYTHM FOR NON-PERCUSSIONISTS: A special type of workshop. Every musician, beginner or advanced, can benefit from attention to rhythmic accuracy and expression. Many of these workshops are co-taught with my buddy, drumset and Brazilian master Ken Dalluge.
For more information and costs, contact me!
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