Performance Experience:
Drummer for malian griot and master kora player Balla Tounkara. Performed on festivals and colleges internationally, as well as radio and TV appearances.
Member of the new and upcoming jamband “Stretch”, a Boston based ensemble, which will release their debut CD in the spring of 2006.
Drummer for internationally recognized world-beat group "Atlas Soul" - Boston based group - Winner of the indepentend Music Award 2003- performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center /Washington D.C., international festivals in Houston/ TX, Lafayette/ LA, Bethlehem/ PA and Boston/ MA.
Member of the world-beat band "Wildest Dreams" - Nominee several music polls like the Boston Music Award 1994 -Performances at festivals, clubs and colleges nationwide - TV and radio appearances - Released second CD "Peace Planet".
Accompanist for modern and adaptive dance classes at the Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory and NYU. Clinician for the 2006 Inner City Dance program led by the Boston Ballet.
Drummer for Haitian recording artist "Gifrants" - Performed national wide on festivals like in Florida, New York, New Jersey and the entire New England area - Recording released December 2001.
Coordination producer and drummer for Kenyan singer and songwriter Sali Oyugi - Full length CD "Vuma".
Cofounder of the "Boston Percussion Art Ensemble" - An ensemble to perform new percussion music and support percussion education - Their members are highly acclaimed percussionist and educators in New England.
Performed with the drumset ensemble "The Six Drumset" - The highly acclaimed ensemble recorded a CD - Promotional video for the Kat-company - Performances on PASIC convention, "Berklee World Percussion Week" 2000 and several percussion festivities.
Member of Boston's well established gospel choir "Clarence Thompson and the New Spirits" - Recorded on their third recording and their current video - Performances nationwide - Performed together with Shirley Caesar and the Clark Sisters.
Drummer for "Rumbafrica" - First soukous band based in New England - Winner of the Boston Music Award 1995 and nominee of several music polls - Performances and touring nationwide - Performed together with international Artists Angeliq Kidio, Papa Wemba and more.
Freelance musician for a large variety of jazz, funk, pop, latin and worldmusic artists such as Jazz Composer Alliance Orchestra, Zamir Chorale, Issi Rozen, Mohammed Camara, Chris McDermott, Gilad Barkan, Soul City, Ken Kook Trio, Teresa Ines, Kolors, Paul Combs Pocket Big Band, Carrbean Cruise Band, Rob Scott and more.
Teaching Experience:
Percussion chair of the Community Music Center of Boston. 2002-2004 chairmen of the Jazz/Pop department.
Berklee College of Music interim private and lab instructor.
Member of "Vic Firth Educational Team"
Percussion instructor for the Boston Arts Academy
Faculty at the "Berklee College of Music" in Boston.
Faculty at the South Shore Conservatory.
Teacher for the "World Percussion Week" at Berklee College of Music.
Clinician for "MTME" summer camp (for kids with special needs)
Musical Education:
M.M. with distinction in the Modern American Music performance program from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Private studies with Bob Gullotti, Charlie Banacos and Takaaki Masuko.
Mentored by Lenny Nelson 25th and additional lessons with Marko Djordevic.
Studies in world percussion with Brahim Fribgan, Ibrahima Camara and Graham Hawthrone.
Private studies with Jamie Haddad, Marko Djordjevic and elective classes at Berklee College of Music - Dual major performance and arranging.
Graduated Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in the Professional Performance Program - Private studies with Joe Hunt, Ian Froman, Ed Uribe, Casey Scheuerell, Giovannie Hidalgo and Sa Davis.
Awards/Endorsements:
2000 Marilla MacDill Award
Endorsed by Sonor Drums and Vic Firth drum sticks
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