Kim with Escola Nova de Samba, mid 1980’s. Standing left to right: Steve Fogel, Jose Saucedo, Marcus Gordon, Jesse Adams, Walter Makins, Chalo Eduardo (director), Dennis Broughton, Mario Abruzo, Al Guzman, Laura Yanow, Michael Spiro. Front Row: Carlos Aceituno, Eddie Soleta, Kim. Each person here is a major artist and have led their own bands and projects. Marcus was the premier teacher and performer of Afro Caribbean music in the Bay Area for many years. Carlos went on to form the East Bay’s Fogo na Ropa, Eddie plays bass and percussion with many groups, Dennis is the co-producer of California Brazil Camp for close to 20 years, Michael Spiro is a legendary percussionist and teacher of Afro Cuban and Brazilian music. I am honored to have played with these fine musicians.
Kim in Havana, Cuba 1985 at the home of our teacher, friend and guide Pello el Afrokan, creator of the Carnaval music and dance Mozambique. Standing, left to right: world famous Rumbero Carlos Embale, Gerry Shilgi, Pello, Kim. Sitting in front of Kim – Mike Pluznick, far right- unknown relative of Pello’s.
Kim playing and conducting Samba Lumina in the 1990’s at one of our epic Mardi Gras shows at the Powerhouse in Sebastopol CA. Notice the Haitian Sequin Paintings on the wall behind us. The Powerhouse (now the Hop Monk) was the first venue in Sebastopol to offer world class entertainment, the owners brought amazing talent from New Orleans on a regular basis. We created a Carnaval extravaganza there for 10 years in row, from the mid 1990’s. Left to right: Duncan Draper, Kim, not visible behind bubble light: Nancy Rosenthal, Sandy Feldhorn, Tony D’Anna.
Kim playing dun duns with Karamaba Diabate at Kosmos camp. Karamba is an amazing musician and good friend. I am honored to appear in Karamba’s instructional video for djembe and dun dun. In this picture he has money pasted on his forehead – someone from the audience came forward and put it there, as is the custom when people are moved by a musician’s performance.
Kim playing djembe at Baba Olatunji’s Memorial at the Marin Center, San Rafael CA. Left to Right: World Percussionist Gabe Harris, Congolese master dancer- drummer-singer Malonga Casquelourd, Kim, Drum Circle icon Arthur Hull waving his hat, in response to my solo. I studied with Malonga and played for his dance classes for 10 years and was one of the original promotors of Congolese music and dance throughout CA. This was the last time I saw Malonga, he was tragicaly killed in an auto accident shortly after this event. The Malonga Center in Oakland CA is named after him.
Kim playing with Micky Hart and friends at EarthDance 2004 Drums for Peace. Left to Right: Chalo Eduardo (facing away), Zakir Hussian with mallet, Jorge Bermudez on ashiko, unknown person (facing away), Santana’s timbaleiro Karl Perazo on frame drum, directly behind Karl – Micky Hart, Kim with sticks, shaker and snare, toward the back: legendary Brazilian percussionist Airto, at the right: good friend and Bay Area multi-instrumentalisit Hadly Louden, who I invited up at the last minute when Micky asked for more bass drums.
An exciting moment at the Drums for Peace Event 2004. Micky Hart with wireless mic and mallet, Karl Perazo soloing, Kim with snare drum.
The Drums for Peace Crew: left to right: Emam, Chalo Eduardo, Airto, Jorge Bermudez, Zakir Hussain, Micky Hart, Kim, Sikru Adepoju, Greg Ellis, Karl Perazzo.
Kim playing bongos with tabla drummer Hari Paul at the Seattle World Percussion Festival
Embody Rhythm ! Kim and Chi Gong master, dancer, outdoors man and facilitator par excellence Constantine Darling, working with a group of people on retreat at IONs in Petaluma. Here I’m demonstrating a drum stroke to the chest which is one of the basic sounds of Body Percussion. I did many events with Constantine including two trips to Havasupi in the Grand Canyon where I was the rhythm facilitator and percussionist for sound journeys, including one with the Natives.
Kim playing frame drum, accompanying long time friend Tor Dietrichson on tabla drums. Tabla are perhaps the most challenging drums in the world, and Tor has spent years mastering them. He and I have played on several records together and toured with Steve Kindler and Teja Bell. My role in this performance was to hold the groove as Tor explored and developed more and more elaborate counter rhythms. Tor is also an amazing blues singer and conga player based in Seattle WA.
Kim playing talking drum with master African musicians, at Tambacounda camp in Cazadero CA in the mid 1990’s. On the left, playing dun duns is my first djembe teacher Abodoulaye Diakite, directly in front of me is Malang Bayo. The instrument with the long neck is the 21 string kora of the Manding speaking people of West Africa.
At the Seattle World Percussion Festival, one year I was asked to facilitate a massive Carnaval Music Roundabout with several bands, one in each corner of a pavilion. Each group would play for a few minutes and I would cue up the next group and try and have the switch from one group to another be seamless. Here I am with director David Chaus on conga, Pepe Danza on djembe, and Navarro Franco on shekere, with other musicians from the Seattle Samba community.
More of the Carnaval Extravaganza at the Seattle World Percussion Festival. I’m describing my idea as to how to make a smooth transition to Liron Peled and Raquey Danziger, master dumbec players who form the band Raquey and the Caveman. The idea worked and people were breakdancing to their elaborate 9 -4 rhythm!
A moment from the video Mozambique! Vol 2. Good friends and long time musicians Noah Mosgofian – conga, David Penalosa – timbales, Cary Griffin clave block, Kim – conga. In this photo we are working out on NY style Mozambique, California style.
Carnaval Sprit Dance company at Studio E Sebastopol, 2000. Back row: Sandy, Michael, Cary, Kim, Nancy, Phyllis. Middle row: ….. Deneen, Kelly, Lilly. Front row: David, Mabel, Devi-Ja. The costume color scheme was Devi-Ja’s idea and I think one of our best.