Arturo shares his passion for percussion with the Pacific Northwest. An accomplished musician, author, and teacher, Rodriguez has performed worldwide, sharing the stage with music legends Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Paul Horn, Pete Escovedo and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Rodriguez says, "It's been an honor and a privilege to have worked with these great musicians"
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Dennis Richards is a dancer, performer, and teacher of Cuban salsa which is also known as Casino. Although he has been dancing all his life, Dennis began learning Casino in Buenos Aires Argentina in 1996. He also dances and teaches Rueda de Casino, Bachata and Body Movement for Dancers. Dennis has studied dance in Havana, Vancouver, and locally for the last 9 years. His focus is on allowing each person to develop their personal feel for the music and to help his students continue to mature as dancers.
I teach and perform West African drumming and "afro celtic" music on marimba. I'm a percussionist that plays marimba, djembé, dunduns, bodhran, and congas. I've traveled to West Africa five times where I've spent a total of 13 months studying with master drummers Mamady Keita and Famoudou Konate. I've also studied music at the University of Victoria. I've been a full time musician for 24 years.
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Sam Rogers is an award-winning solo performer, skilled educator/facilitator, experienced CircleSong leader, and Certified TaKeTiNa Rhythm Teacher. He is called "The One Mouth Band" for good reason: he makes all the sounds of a band using only his mouth -- bass, guitar, synthesizers, horns, mouth-defying drums/percussion, and more -- with the precision of a seasoned musician. Sam was the first solo act to compete (and win!) in an a cappella group competition, was a finalist in the 1st US Beatbox Championships, has 3 solo vocal albums to his credit, helped pioneer live looping vocals, and happily astounds audiences from San Francisco to Sydney to Sao Paulo to Salzburg to Singapore. Get ready for 100% Organic Human Music that will blow your mind and shake your booty!
Born in Seattle, Ravi Albright is a 12 year student of tabla in both India and the U.S. In 2006 he became a ganda-banda disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee of Kolkata. He began studying in 1999 with the talented student of Pt. Chatterjee, Debopriyo Sarkar, and for the first time with Panditji himself in 2003. Ravi has studied accompaniment from various artists such as Pandit Debiprasad Chatterjee, student of Pt. Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akhbar Khan, Bansuri player Deepak Ram, a senior disciple of Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, and sarod player Steven Oda, a senior disciple of Maestro Ali Akhbar Khansab. Ravi has also accompanied vocalists such as Mukesh Desi and Sujata Gaynakar as well as performed in various classical dance and folk festivals. Ravi is the director of the Pt. Anindo Chatterjee Tabla School of Seattle, offering ongoing classes and workshops throughout the year in the Seattle area. Ravi loves to teach tabla at all levels and enjoys the challenge of assisting students in development of technique and style.
Steve has been a performing artist, composer, and music teacher on hand percussion and the Scottish snare drum in the Seattle area for over 20 years. His National Drum Corps snare drummers have performed in Scottish events and most recently on November 2014 in concert with drum champion, John Scullion. Steve inaugurated his "Keltic Grooves" ensemble in 2011, combining hand percussion and drum kit with traditional Scottish bagpipe music. The groups have performed annually at the SWPS Rhythm Festival since then. Steve teaches music and dumming fundamentals at the Seattle Drum School of Music. He welcomes accomplished snare drummers to audition for the National Drum Corps program. To set up an appointment, call 425 218 7926 or 206 291 5403.
Rowan Storm is recognized internationally as a percussionist, singer, educator, drum circle facilitator, and designer of streamlined Middle Eastern frame drums. With her Partner Hand Symmetrical Frame Drum Method and the shallow depth of her Signature Rowan Storm Dayereh by Cooperman and her Thinline Frame Drum and Dayereh by Remo, Rowan is pioneering a dramatic new approach which benefits not only drumming technique, but also daily life. Based on walking, as both hands become balanced partners in creative expression, we harmonize the capacities associated with both sides of the brain. Recognizing that rhythm is our natural birthright, Rowan welcomes all levels of drummers to her drum circles to celebrate the exhilaration of rhythmic harmony. www.rowanstorm.com
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Gordy Onayemi Ryan toured with Baba Olatunji and the Drums of Passion from the early 70's to Baba's passing in 2003. He has played on over 100 albums and movie soundtracks,composes,and loves sharing his knowledge on the musical path.He currently lives on Vashon,leads 2 High School Bands, plays with Roger Fisher and the Human Tribe, Mgbavon, and the OBA Band, as well as facilitating the Thursday Night Puget Sound Rhythm Section. firstname.lastname@example.org
Namaste. Until I discovered yoga in the mid-1990s, I essentially had no rhythm! Yoga helped me ground, become aware of my body, get out of the head -not the safest place in the world. I have been teaching yoga, meditation and breathwork since 2000, and my greatest joy is helping others connect with their body, breath, and Being. I lead retreats in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Sedona and here in the Pacific Northwest where I live. No yoga mat or experience needed for this easy workshop, just a willingness to breathe deeply, express yourself, and feel good. Learn to follow the music and rhythm of your beloved breath and body.
The beautiful and talented Kat is a belly dance professional of many talents. She dances, teaches, and produces belly dance shows in Tacoma. She is known for her lovely stage presence, where she dances with humor, style, and grace. Audiences are especially delighted when she dances with her very talented dance partner Antonio, the famous belly dancing boa. Kat has trained intensively for over 6 years with Washington's finest dancers. She strives for excellence in technique, precision, and is well known for her dramatic showmanship. Kat’s dedication has been recognized by many in her audiences as well as judges at regional belly dance competition. Find out more at katrossdance.com
Rami El-Aasser (ramitabla.com) plays Arabic tabla, riq and percussion, and sings worldwide with groups including Raquy’s Düm, AlSarah & the Nubatones, Zikrayat, Alwan Ensemble, Alhambra, and Cafe Antarsia Ensemble. Rami's grooves also can be heard on many recordings, soundtracks, at live theatre productions and NYC Dance Haflas. He recently released 2 drum solo singles: Cacahuete and Dayerat-i-Doum. Rami offers regular classes in NYC, and is Chief Executive Tuner and Co-owner of raquydrumstore.com -- a source for high quality traditional percussion. The darbuka, aka doumbek or Arabic tabla, is a chalice drum. It holds an ocean of sounds. The riqq or deff is a frame drum or tambourine. Their voices gauges the tempo and feel of Middle Eastern music.
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