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WALTER M. SIERRA

Education: (U.N.A.M.) Bachelor’s degree, in Classical Percussion NYC: Frank Malabé, Afro-Cuban and Latin; Horace Arnold, Jazz; Pandit Kinnar Seen, Tabla (classical Indian Music). Lessons and clinics: Steve Gadd, Billy Higgins, Tommy Campbell, Omar Hakim, Vinnie Calaiuta, Giovanni Hidalgo, Patato Valdez. Experience: 25+ yrs. teaching drums/percussion. (All styles). Former students: Max Spielberg (Steven Spielberg & Amy Irving’s son); Michael Beinhorn’s daughter; Wally “Gator” Watson (drummer-Lionel Hampton [Vibes]); Melissa Meyer, Music Manager Peter Mensch’s wife [ACDC]); Lilian Garcia, WWE diva & singer), Peter Bernstein’s Mom (guitarist); Tony Machine “drummer/Actor” (Buster Poindexter, The NY Dolls), Tony “T-Funk” (NYC Uternity Orchestra); Instructed actors for the touring “Blue Man Group”. Worked playing percussion at NYU modern dance & Afro-Cuban programs. He has instructed Afro-Cuban-Latin to NYC teachers, bandleaders, professional percussionist from many countries. He’d been endorsed and is a member of the Vic Firth Private Drum Teacher Program (PDT) since 1995. Walter was recommended in Modern Drummer Magazine August-1990 “International drum teacher’s guide” being the only teacher in NYC (Manhattan) to be included in this guide. Leaving in NYC, Walter volunteered in non-profit organizations teaching drums and percussion for disabled children, & percussion ensembles in summer camps for low-income families with children. Walter relocated to Seattle 2015.

Walter is offering AFRO-CUBAN-LATIN RHYTHMS FOR DRUM KIT & CONGAS.  Understand and learn the Clave & what it means to play the clave in 3-2, 2-3, & Bell patterns for different rhythms. This is very beneficial for any musicians/Instruments who want to learn the proper way for playing Latin or Latin-Jazz. Participants that don’t know how to read music are encouraged to record this workshop, since this workshop may be intensive for some people. 

WILL KAPPES

I am heavily influenced by world music of all different cultures.  Notably many of my techniques, and rhythmic inspiration pulls from Indian (Carnatic), Iranian (Persian), and Middle-Eastern influences.  I have developed a unique hybrid techniques that can be applied onto any hand-drum, with these techniques I enjoy playing grooves, rhythms, and unique beat cycles inspired from world music.   I love fusion music, incorporating ideas, techniques and the spirit from world music has been an awesome experience.  

I am offering the workshop Classical Indian Carnatic Techniques & Rhythms for Djembe and other hand-drums.  This workshop will teach a variety of techniques & rhythms that can be implemented on an assortment of hand-drums.  Students will learn unique finger and hand techniques to produce unique sound variations on the drum.  The concept of 'BOLS" will be taught; where the spoken word corresponds to a specific hand technique.  The main drum of focus for the workshop will be the Djembe.  Please know fundamental djembe techniques (Bass, Tone, Slap).  Teaching format may vary depending on class size and overall student skill. Limited handouts will be provided. 

YASMIN EDWARDS

Yasmin has been dancing, playing percussion like Middle Eastern dumbek, performing, teaching for 38 years in the Pacific Northwest.  Her styles includes Moroccan Shikhat, Afghani Logari and Herati and Egyptian Ghawazee.  She brings with her the rich culture, music and traditional costumes.  She retired from Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston, ID where she taught the Middle Eastern Arts.  She has traveled to Morocco to learn the dances.  Yasmin has performed with Hejira, Ek Balaam and Pax Lumina bands.  She is the head percussionists for these bands.

WORKSHOP:

Moroocan Shikhat.  I will share the history, costume, music and percussion of the Moroccan Shikhat.  The Shikhat is a woman's dance but the men can learn the rhythms of the dance.  I will bring my Moroccan bendir to demonstrate the rhythm.

ZORINA WOLF

Zorina Wolf began drumming in 1989 with Baba Olatunji and remained with him for 14 years until his death. She knew instinctively that drumming and rhythm was path to healing, leadership, wholeness, and creativity. From 1996-2008 Zorina studied the TaKeTiNa rhythm method with founder, Reinhard Flatischler. Through her studies with both teachers she has formed her own work- Whole Person Drumming. She published her first book and DVD in 2016 and is currently working on her second book embodying rhythm.

WORKSHOPS:

Step into Your Rhythmic Landscape
Experience another way to put rhythm on your drum or any instrument!
Become friends with beats/offbeats, finding the one, double time. Use hands or mallets on drums,  or hand percussion.
Use the voice as an anchor. Explore the great frontier of time and space!

Deconstructing 3+3+2 and 4+4
Guys! Stop! its not as heady as you think. bring your drums, any drums! if you are up for a challenge wear good walking shoes and prepare to get your mind blown. You will understand clave like never before

 

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