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Martin Klabunde (member of
Tucson, AZ 85745
Over the last 8 years he has produced workshops with master dancers such as Youssouf Koumbassa, Moustapha Bangora, Alseny Soumah and musicians such as Abdoul Doumbia, Karamba Dambakate and Mamady Keita. Martin’s performance ensembles have performed with Baba Maal, a Senegalese pop musician, Cubanismo, a fifteen member Cuban All-Star band, and the African Showboyz, a group from Ghana. He has also worked with many local musicians in Arizona.
Martin has also conducted international music and dance workshops and performances. In Kampala, Uganda Martin co-directed workshops with music and dance students at Makarere University that culminated into a performance at the Ugandan National Theatre. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Martin co-conducted music and dance workshops for the Adunga Dance Company.
Martin graduated with a degree in Language and Culture from the University of Arizona in 2003. Martin has studied and performed for the past twenty years under the direction of many West African Master percussionists such as Mamady Keita and Abdoul Doumbia.. He has traveled and studied in African countries such as Guinea, Mali, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Ethiopia. From his experiences in Africa, Martin develops themes for public performance and curriculum for the Dambe Project.
Barbara Bird (Djembe-L member)
2132 N. Treat Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85716 USA
PHONE (520) 326-1263
Class Schedule, Location & Fees: Weekly classes $12 or 4 for $40.
Individual lessons $20.
Description of Drum Classes: Classes are designed for beginner and intermediate drummers. Students are taught skills building exercises as well as traditional and original drum songs. The emphasis is on empowerment and finding ones voice on the drum. Traditional West African djembe rhythms as well as Afro Cuban conga rhythms are taught.
Drums are available for play and for student rental. The classes are held in a private studio with great ambiance. Be prepared for candles and incense. The teaching technique is eclectic, using notation as well as oral tradition.
Resumé of teacher: Barbara Bird has been empowering drummers since 1981. Her teachers include M'Bemba Bangoura, Abdouhle Aziz, Fred Simpson, Paulo Mattioli, Rico Quintero, Carolyn Brandy, Flaco Diaz, and various dudes in the park. She has also attended countless workshops and drum camps including Tambacounda Camp, Moonsisters Drum Camp, and Arthur Hull Hawaii Playshops. She was a facilitator at Maui Rhythm Village 2000 and 2001.
Barbara has a charismatic enthusiasm and a bold, expressive, style of drumming. As Arthur Hull has said, "Grandma Rocks!"
Geh, AZ Drum And Dance
Studio is located at 524 West Broadway Road, Tempe, Arizona
PO Box 12781
Scottsdale, Arizona 85267
EMAIL contact Lorin@AZDrumAndDance.org
Class Schedule, Location & Fees: Friday nights – Level I class from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Level II class from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Level III classes by invitation.
Fee is $10 per class
Teachers Country of Origin and Village: Bernd is originally from Germany and now resides in Arizona
STYLE OF DRUM: Traditional West African djembe and dunun
Description of Drum Classes: The classes focus on traditional Malinke rhythms. All djembe accompaniment parts are taught along with all the appropriate dunun phrases. Solo phrases and dundun variations will be introduced, if possible.
The classes are organized in blocks
of 6 weeks. This way, the classes can have continuous learning and
improvement without having to revisit the previously learned material every
week because of fluctuating attendance. The price for the 6 week block is
$60 (or $10 per class).
In order to account for the different skill levels, we have 3 levels of classes. The classes are taught by Bernd Geh with the assistance of selected AZD&D level 3 students.
Resumé of teacher (25 words):
Bernd Geh has been teaching West African drumming for more than 5 years in the Phoenix area. Bernd is originally from Germany and his major and most influential teacher is Herman Kathan, who is a professional musician and a certified Mamady Keita instructor. Bernd has also learned from numerous african masters and teachers, such as Mamady Keita, Famodou Konate, Adama Drame, Amadou Kienou, Moussa Traore and Abdoul Doumbia.