Jim Greiner is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning percussionist, educator, community drumming leader and inspirational speaker. Jim has been playing since, 1970, including two years in Africa where he was moved and inspired to bring the community-building power of drumming back home. He has been teaching and leading drum circles since 1980 and is recognized as, "One of America's leading percussion educators." (Latin Percussion Instruments) and "One of the pioneers in the drum circle and community drumming world." (The Percussive Arts Society) Jim works worldwide through his company, Hands-On! Drumming® (www.handsondrum.com) , leading drumming programs for corporations, communities and schools, as the percussionist for The Bill Hopkins Rockin' Orchestra playing at corporate events and resorts, and at festivals as the percussionist for Gospel/R&B singer Sista Monica Parker. Jim is a clinician/endorser for Latin Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, ProMark Drumsticks, Gibraltar Hardware and Audix Microphones. He is also Head of LP's Recreational & Community Drumming Program (www.communitydrumming.com)
Cross-cultural percussionist/vocalist Geoff Johns is a dynamic performer and articulate teacher. His music serves to bring people together in celebration of life. In his work, he integrates a wealth of knowledge about the historical, cultural, psychological, and spiritual context of world music traditions. He plays a vast array of instruments and sings in several languages. He has traveled widely, studying and performing with such master musicians as John Amira, Zakir Hussein, Kobla Ladzekpo, Mamady Keita, and Bira Almeida. He has developed a comprehensive system of notation for non-European percussion and produced three CDs: DRUM! How to Play the Rhythms of Africa and Latin America; Bakongo Drumming Music for Dancers; and The Conga Drummer's Friend.
Unique, hands-on rhythm events for business teambuilding, community development and multicultural school programs. John delivers your message with the power of music (sizes 5 to 500.) Communities served include Experience Music Project (EMP), YMCA, Head-Start, Girl Scouts, and schools and businesses in the Northwest. Since 1995, John has worked with artisans around the world importing musical instruments. His company, JAMTOWN, features multicultural rhythm packs including intuitive rhythm games that celebrate the common bond all people share through rhythm. John has written and produced three artisan videos, group rhythm activity guides (featured in Arthur Hull's book, Drum Circle Spirit) and children's songs- included in the award winning JAMTOWN Junior Rhythm Pak. Availability: 24 / 7 "This is what I do."
Jill Sager is is a TOCA Percussion endorsed artist, author of the DVD/Book set: Beginning Hand Drumming: A Guide to Recreation and Wellness, published by Carl Fischer Music and founder of Hands On Rhythm and Drum School based in Eugene Oregon. A background in Therapeutic Recreation, music, and wellness has made her a popular speaker and workshop leader with presentations and trainings to hundreds of organizations, schools, and conferences, including National Recreation and Park Association, Oregon Music Educators Association, and the University of Oregon.
Juliet McMains, PhD is a dance scholar and artist who specializes in partner dance forms. She brings a broad array of perspectives to her teaching, drawn from over twenty years teaching dance, including salsa, ballroom, swing, ballet, jazz, and modern. Her passion is the playful interaction between dancers as they react to each other and musicians on the social dance floor. Juliet has been teaching salsa since 1997 and has introduced thousands of students to the excitement and joy of improvisational social dancing. Her first book Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry received the Congress on Research in Dance 2008 Outstanding Publication Award. Juliet is currently writing a book that about mambo/salsa history based on nearly one hundred interviews she has conducted with mambo/salsa dancers. Juliet has a Ph.D. is Dance History and Theory from the University of California at Riverside and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Harvard University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at the University of Washington.
Juliana Y. Kettor
604 683 8071
Originally from Ghana, Juliana holds a B.A. Degree in Dance Studies and Sociology and a Masters of Philosophy in Dance Analysis and Criticism. After studying dance,drumming and percussion for 10 years, she is an accomplished choreographer, dancer, drummer, performer, project director, and a teacher by profession with many years of experience. With a highly innovative approach to her traditional heritage, she has taught dance, drumming and instrumental classes and workshops in schools, festivals and events, both in Africa and abroad. She is ready to surprise you and share with you the love of the God's given gift that is hidden in you. Her zeal for life is highly contagious, so get ready for an unforgettable experience of joy and laughter!
Castro Vallye, CA
Johnny Conga has been a performing musician for over 48 years and has worked with Major Artists such as Sergio Mendes,Paquito D'Rivera, Gloria and Emilio Estefan,Mongo Santamaria,Willie Bobo, and many many others. Johnny has created what he calls a "Conga Camp/Intensive" where u can actually live in his home(room and board included)and study with him for 6 hours a day. His "attendee's" of his CC/I have come from Australia,England, Ireland, Curacao, Puerto Rico and even from Cuba. He has taught at the Univerity of Miami-Dept. of Percussion, Cornish College of the Arts, Pacific Lutheran University and Music Works Northwest, and now is Adjunct faculty at Shoreline Community College. Part of Johnny's teaching involves Neuro Linguistic Programming( specifically created in order to allow us to do magic by creating new ways of understanding how verbal and non-verbal communication affect the human brain. As such it presents us all with the opportunity to not only communicate better with others, but also learn how to gain more control over what we considered to be automatic functions of our own neurology.)through the Conga drum.
206 632 9136
Jessica Fredricks has been teaching music since 1998. In 2010, this veteran music educator wandered into a drum circle and was fascinated by the amazing rhythm groove created by a group of strangers who professed to have little or no musical training. She began studying drum circle facilitation with Arthur Hull and was struck by the similarities between what drum circle facilitators do and what master teachers do. Her passion is showing others how to harness the power of rhythm to create positive changes in their lives. In 2012 she founded Rhythm Trek LLC, and has spent the past several years drumming with adults, youth and seniors for team building, education and wellness.
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.
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 email@example.com
Dale City, VA
Eric (Pererê) Johnson
Port Townsend, WA
Pererê/Eric J. (nicknamed after the infamous red-capped forest imp of Brazilian folklore) Began learning capoeira and other Afro-Brazilian folk arts and crafts in Seattle as a student of Elisio Pita and his Aluja Capoeira Group, graduating to instructor in 1995 with Mr. Pita and later graduating to Contramestre and founding the Seattle and Portland OR chapters of Capoeira Angola Palmares with the legendary Mestre Nô of Bahia, Brazil in 2000. Over the past 25 years Pererê has become one of the most accomplished North American capoeira angola players and berimbau makers, founded his own group Vadiação de Oxossi in 2013. He is now based in Port Townsend, WA.
Saltspring, British Colombia Canada, BC
Julia Groove originally from Montreal, Quebec. Discovered West African drum and dance at the age of 16 and had the bliss to learn from a wide variety of great master's from Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Senegal.Her passion and contagious enthusiasm for this fabulous art form has brought her to collaborate and train with various dance troupe and Circuses around the world. She now is established in British Colombia where she teach and share what she have learned over this long journey of dance.
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