Bill Matthews is a devoted student and teacher of African and Afro-Caribbean drum rhythms. Bill is the owner of the Fremont Drum Shop/School, which offers a wide variety of hand drums and classes. He is the author of several books, videos and CDs on traditional rhythms in a clear, easy to read format. For over 10 years Bill has been teaching beginning through advanced drum classes.
Vashon "Vash" Bench
Barb Pitcher has been playing drums over 40 years and was the first 'girl' drummer in her high school in the late 60's. She has been studying world drums for many years with master drum teachers. Her focus on the frame drum began in 1997, and has studied extensively with Layne Redmond, and Glen Velez. She teaches frame drum workshops/classes and her teaching style can incorporate the beginner to the advanced frame drummer. Barb presents frame drum workshops at festivals and conferences including Michigan Women's Music Festival and Ontario Women's Drum Camp. She has performed in collaboration with many artists and orchestras including the Michigan women's Music Festival, the West Michigan Concert Winds, Ubaka Hill and the ShapeShifters, and with Layne Redmond at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention as well as producing concerts with Layne and 35 frame drummers in the historic Howmet Theater in western Michigan. Barb seeks to make the ancient art of frame drumming accessible to anyone who is drawn to this tradition. Her passion is to allow everyone to experience the powerful, diverse rhythmic culture created when we drum together.
Miguel Bernal is a Cuban Folklorist Musician who brings students a wealth of knowledge about percussion and it's cultural orgins. From Havana, he was the principle percussionist for "Raices Profundas," a top notch folkloric dance company, for 20 years. Miguel has toured and taught all over the globe,specializing in bata, conga, song, clave, cajon and guiro. He has been featured on highly acclaimed CDs such as Carmello, and Drum Jam. In 2006, he took first place in an international percussion contest, "Festival del Tambor." Miguel resides in Portland, Oregon where he teaches a weekly song class (Orisha/rumba,) private and group lessons, and performs with his his group ODDUARA.
Brianca Delaney-Yemoyali of The House of Yemoyali is an emerging performance artist that shares art as an avenue of healing, self-discovery and creative expression. She began writin poetry at the age of 5 and eventually gained her Master's Degree in Human Communications and Advanced Certification in Creative Writing at the University of Denver in 2003. Although she has health challenges surrounding PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) she hopes to inspire others to find the courage and creative ways to follow their dreams in harmony with such health challenges. She produced a documentary called, Healing My Broken Womb in 2007 and is currently working on a one woman show called Giving Birth to Death - A Warrior's Journey of Love.
Kerfala "Fana" Bangoura was named “Master Drummer” by the Guinean Ministry of Culture in 2008. He has been featured as a soloist for two national groups of Guinea, Percussions de Guinee and Les Ballets Africains, for over 8 years. He has also served as Percussion Director for Ballet Fareta, and his own ensemble, Sekha-Kan Kolon, has toured and performed throughout Guinea. Fana has been teaching and performing in the United States since the spring of 2009. His powerful, dynamic performances and friendly teaching style have won accolades from audiences and students, leading to high-profile engagements such as an appearance on the nationally syndicated Mo'Nique Show.
Los Angeles, CA
Blake has been teaching, playing, and performing folkloric and contemporary drum and dance for 18 years. He is schooled in African and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, songs, and dances. He believes that drumming and dance is for everyone, regardless of who you are or where you come from. The drum is our teacher, healer, and friend. May the drum and dance lead us back to wholeness!
Award-winning marimba artist Jane Boxall is "in a genre of one," according to Vermont’s SevenDays. Born in the UK, Jane completed two degrees in music at the University of York before relocating to the United States in 2004 and earning her DMA. Jane has performed in concert halls, art galleries, cafes, kindergartens, universities and festivals from London to Chicago, and Manhattan to Seattle. In 2013-2014, Jane is touring throughout the United States, and internationally, as a concert artist and clinician. Her new solo marimba album, ‘Zero To Eight Mallets’, is available at janeboxall.com.
Brighton, EAST SUSSE
Aboubacar “Boka” Kouyate is a Djeli ~ Boka was born into a duo Griot tradition;The Son of Nounke Kouyaté and Djéné Dioubate. his Father was a musician guitarist, ballaphonist and a traditional historian. His Mother is a popular Singer. He began singing with his mom, while strapped to her back as a child. Writing and composing music began at a young age 0f 8. He has attended the school of music within the Griot lineage, which was directed by his Father. Boka has gained citywide recognition for his commitment to preserving historical traditions within the Manden region. While based in Seattle, Washington; Boka teaches traditional djembe, Ballaphone, and songs from Guinea.
Debby Boland Watt is a strong vocalist, improvisational performance artist & master teacher. As a current Seattle area performer recently featured in the Seattle Times she has quickly become the area's best-known facilitator for Improvisational Voice & Circle Singing. "Debby may quite possibly be the female Bobby McFerrin of Seattle! Her singing is reminiscent of Jay Clayton, Bobby & other true pioneers of vocal improvisation & singing. Debby is a full meal deal, unafraid to explore her instrument in Jazz & beyond." -J.R. Seattle, WA Joining Debby at this year's World Rhythm Festival is Christian Swenson (HumanJazz.com). Christian is a Seattle-based performing artist whose improvised fusion of singing, acting & dancing has been seen throughout the US, Canada, Europe & Asia.
Jeff Brahe has been playing music from Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa for over 18 years. From his birthplace of Santa Fe, NM, he led The Ande Marimba Band on nationwide tours, and has taught lessons and workshops across the country. Jeff's areas of expertise include Zimbabwean-style marimba, mbira dvavadzimu, matepe, and hosho, as well as dance styles including Gumboot. He counts among his friends and teachers many of the top musicians to come out of Zimbabwe in the past 20 years. He is also active in other styles of music and dance, including hip-hop. Currently based in Tacoma, he is excited to appear at this year's World Rhythm Festival! For inquiries, lessons and booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill has been teaching Freestyle Djembe Hand Drumming since 1998. As a Rhythm and Arts Therapist/Author/Artist--- Bill got his Associates Degree in music and a Bachelors Degree in Mind/Body Medicine and Psychology. His art is self taught. He is the AUTHOR of the book RHYTHM HEALING: PTSD, Trauma, and Beyond. The science behind using Rhythm to Heal.
Since 2007, Marissa has been bringing the flavor of her rich travel experiences to World Dance. Having twice spent a month studying traditional dance in Guinea West Africa, this is by far her area of specialization. An avid traveller, Marissa has also journeyed to Greece, Turkey, Ireland, Bali Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Hawaii. As a dance instructor for young children, Marissa passionately believes in giving children exposure to a greater awareness of their global community through sharing dances from around the world. She has studied many dance forms since 1976. West African dance has been her main passion since 1993. Marissa has taught children's ballet, tap, jazz, and creative dance. She currently teaches World Dance classes for kids.
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