My presentations are tailored to suit the needs the group and situation. I work with a wide variety of people ranging from low pressure recreational community groups to college students and professionals.
Kim teaches World Percussion to High School students at Credo High School (Public Waldorf Charter School) in Rohnert Park CA.
Kim teaches Embody rhythm to young people at schools throughout Sonoma County. If you would like to see a DVD of my work with elementary school children, please contact me.
7 to 9 PM, Penngrove CA. I teach a beginning /intermediate djembe and dundun class at a private home. I use many different teaching methods to help you understand rhythm in general, and the traditional West African djembe rhythms gifted to me by my master teachers Karamba Diabate, Abdoulaye Diakite, and Mamady Keita and Babatunde Olatunji. In each class we start with warm up grooves and games, we do some improvised music, sometimes we get up and move, then we play one or two of the traditional drum songs. I provide the dundun bass drums with bells, and can bring a djembe for you. Please email me or call (707) 889-4949 if you want to be part of this class. Please see my course outline to the right. Drop in $25 – $35 sliding scale, per class.
Late afternoon private lessons by appointment.
7:30 to 9:30 PM, Sebastopol CA. Hand Drums Ensemble for Conga, Cajon, Bongo and more. This is a intermediate hand drum class where we learn multiple parts to classic dance rhythms that inform American Music. Please see our repertoire and class out lines to the right. Please email or call me at (707) 889-4949 if you are interested. $25-$35 sliding scale per class.
Brazilian Percussion class is on hold at the moment. Please call and express your interest. This is a performing group class for Teens and Adults. We learn instruments of the Brazilian Bateria (parade orchestra): bass drums, bells, shakers, stick drums, snare drums, scratchers and more. We play rhythms from around the world plus my own compositions and arrangements. Hear the music. Class is conducted in a circle, while standing and moving to an easy step to keep time. Please see course outline and contact me to see if you are ready for this class. Please call (707) 889-4949.
7 to 9:00PM, This class is on hold at the moment. Please call and express your interest. Hand drum class for, conga, and percussion. We play rhythm games, learn technique, call and response, polymeter, stick work, and involve spoken rhythm and movement. Our repertoire includes Nigerian Highlife and Ibo, Haitian Yan Valu, Congolese Zebula, Brazilian Congo, Afoxé and Maculele, Cuban Iyesa, Conga and Rumba. I can bring a hand drum for you, please call in advance. Cost is $25-$35 sliding scale. Please call Kim to see if this class is right for you, and for last minute details. (707) 889-4949
Private lessons, group classes, rehearsals, rituals, performances by appointment.
Private lessons, group classes, rituals and performances by appointment.
Clave Consciousness teaches you to embody the key patterns in World Music. The rhythms of the world that are based on Clave display endless ingenuity, grace, beauty and simplicity.
Speaking of Rhythm is an aural/oral system of teaching and learning music, and is simply the best way to learn. It is the same way children learn language: listen, repeat, correct, repeat, listen.
Some of my past clients include: McCann Erickson World Group of San Francisco, Dan Millman’s Peaceful Warrior Training, Preventative Medical Center of Marin, Sutter Hospice Workers Retreat, John Grinders NLP trainings, West County Health Clinic Staff, Redwood Care Givers Association, Athleta Staff Appreciation Day, and many birthday parties (5 to 70 years!) family reunions, festivals and parties.
I was a co facilitator with Micky Hart and friends at the Guinness book of World’s Record drum circle in 2004 of 4,374 people at the Earthdance festival in Northern CA USA.
More pictures here
Level 1- Introduction to djembe drumming: bass, tone and slap, simple movement patterns, flams, learning to hear the break. Call and response. Listening to dun dun. Basic dun dun and accompaniment patterns for Sorsonett, Yankadi, Fanga, Djole.
Level 1.5- Work on slaps, distinguishing tones and slaps at faster tempo. More complex dun dun patterns. Kuku, Djole, Yankaki/Makru arrangements, Students learn to call the rhythm in and out. 1st movement to N’gri.
Level 2- Strengthening tones, being relaxed. Standing and playing. More complex movement of the hands. Faster tempo. Self expression- riffing around the dun dun and calling clean breaks. Accompaniment and dun dun for Mandiani, Garengdon.
Level 3- Complete arrangements for Ngri, Yankadi, Makru, Kassa, Djan, Sunu, Sorsonett, Komodenu, Dansa. Learning solo parts (“technique”).
Mamady Keita “Wassolon” and “Nankama”
Adama Drame “Great masters of Percussion”
Les Ballet Africain Vols. 1 & 2
Fatala “Gongoma Times”
Level 1 – FUN WITH DRUMS Introductory class: covers basic posture, strokes, concepts and simple patterns with both sticks and hands. I provide specific exercises each week for homework as well as creating games, dialogues and compositions for the class. In this class you learn how drumming works, what the variables are and most importantly how to keep steady musical time. We learn through repetition, with the body and the mind, intuitively and intellectually. We respect and learn from the drum, the rhythm and each other.
Level 2 – Continues and adds ensemble rhythms of varying complexity. Our repertoire includes: AFOXE, TUMBAO, MAKUTA, DJESSE MULOUMBO, MBAYE, and BOMBA, CALYPSO. We play one rhythm for 6 weeks and work on bell and clave extensively with sticks, hands and body rhythm.
Level 3 – Expands the ensemble to include full arrangements with talking drum, bells, and shekere as well as variations on the appropriate parts. I include rhythms of greater complexity: YAN VALU, NIGERIAN HIGHLIFE, ZEBULA, BEMBE, PALO, MACULELE.
Level 4 – Emphasizes musicality, versatility and musicianship. Students learn to make calls, respond, change tempo and dynamics, change feel, and to improvise variations. Advanced clave concepts and 4 vs. 6 illusions are presented through such challenging rhythms as RUMBA, ABA CUA, CONGA, MOZAMBIQUE, ELIMA, WARA, BAKONGO, SAMBA DE RODA, CABULA, SIKYI HIGHLIFE and KPANLOGO. Students are encouraged to expand and develop their vocabulary and understanding of common rhythms found in contemporary popular music and learn to create meaningful variations of them.
Our repetoire includes : BAIAO, AFOXE, SAMBA REGGAE, SLOW SAMBA and MARACATU as well as several of my own compositions. The emphasis here is on musicality. The techniques are simple, the arrangements straightforward and accessible, and the music is exciting. We also expore Afro Brazilian hand drum rhythms such as Ijexa, Congo, Cabula, Barravento, Congu and Maculele. Advanced students may be invited to play for dance class.
I conduct this class standing in a circle. I show simple footstep which lock every one into the same time frame and from there we speak the rhythms we want to learn. Finally we deal with instrumental techniques, patterns and variations. I find this process to be very effective in helping people to always know where the pulse is, which stroke or rest of the pattern is “1” and how to express themselves within the framework of the music. They also learn how closely dance is associated with the drumming, and in fact, are started on a path which may lead them to dancing, which is where they will learn the real “feel” and soul of the music.
Level 1- Intro to Brazil percussion: ganza, agogo, tamborim, surdo. Basic dance steps and hand claps. Simple chants. Slow Samba and Afoxe. Samba Reggae. Call and response with Bateria.
Level 1.5- Contra surdo, caxia (tarol), more agogo patterns, faster tempo. Call and response with repinique and bateria plus simple songs.
Level 2- Hand drum rhythms: Ijexa, Maculele, Samba, Capoeira. More difficult instruments: berimbau, pandiero, cuica. Harder songs.
Level 3- Tamborim designs for Batucada. Repinique calls. Agogo, cuica, and pandeiro solo. Samba Reggae styles. Playing for dancers. Adapting folkloric rhythms to drum set and Bateria.
I know many songs and teach them when appropriate, and I do not teach Bata drumming.
Cuban music is very tricky to the uneducated ear. Anyone who wants to study with me must make a commitment to regularly listening to recordings of the masters. I require that students go through a rhythm fundamentals class, as well as have proper conga technique.
Level 1- Intro to Cuban music: Clave and Tumbao. Rumba Yambu. Basic Rumba dance steps. Ritmo Yuka. Ritmo Agbe.
Level 1.5- Ritmo Iyesa. Rumba Guaguanco. Ritmo Makuta. Ritmo Palo. Basic Bongo. Basic Quinto.
Level 2- Ritmo Abacua. Rumba Columbia. Ritmo Conga. Basic timbales. Quinto Movements. Ritmos de Arara.
Level 3- Ritmo Songo. Ritmo Mozambique. Advanced Solo ideas. Playing for and with dancers. Applying folkloric rhythms to drumset.
Private Lessons Available.
Private & Group Lessons Available
Feel free to contact Kim regarding Private lessons, small groups or any other configuration you don’t see listed above.
WHAT HIS STUDENTS SAY:
“He makes what seems complex, fun and accessible.”
“Paced ingeniously, so there is something for everyone!”
“Kim has a way of bringing in his vast knowledge and experience at each class.”
“I’ve studied percussion with various teachers across the country for 10 years, and Kim is truly the finest teacher I’ve found.”
“Kim is creative, challenging, and above all, patient and good humored with students of all skill levels.”