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Bio
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I'm a percussionist who plays marimba, djembé, dununs, bodhran, and congas and have over 25 years of professional playing and teaching experience. I've traveled to West Africa five times to study with master drummers Famoudou Konaté and Mamady Keita. I see my teachers at least once a year in North America, if I am not able to travel off-continent. I've also studied music at the University of Victoria and Vancouver Community College.
I teach African and Afro Cuban drumming and perform in various musical settings and situations. Currently, I'm touring regularly with some great contra dance bands. In the past, I've toured with Sarah McLachlan. I've accompanied literally hundreds and hundreds of contemporary dance classes and have run my own hand drumming school for 23 years.
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Teaching Style
By learning traditional rhythms one inherits the richness of lifetimes of musical experience. We become part of an evolving musical lineage, and it's lots of fun.

Almost any rhythm is teachable, no matter how challenging, as long as it's slowed down and taught in a step by step manner.

Why traditional rhythms? After teaching for a few years, I realized that drummers learn faster and deeper when the information is clearly defined. Rather than touching lightly on many styles, I focus on just two traditions: West African djembé & dunun drumming and Afro Cuban conga drumming. (which is a lot!) West African and Afro Cuban drumming has evolved over hundreds of years. These traditions are beautiful, deep and specific.
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Where I learned hand drumming...
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