This is the start of an ongoing journey through the world of African music and beyond. Along the way, I’ll be posting updates about upcoming performances, recording projects, classes, workshops, and other opportunities, as well as various random thoughts and insights. The best way to join the journey is to subscribe to this blog, and … More Welcome!
Renowned performer and educator Michael Sibanda will be coming through Tacoma this week on his way home from Zimfest! (Home being South Africa in this case.) This is a very special opportunity to learn Zimbabwean vocal and marimba music straight from the source. Below are the workshop details. Singing & Marimba Workshop Time: Tuesday, 8/21 … More Workshops with Guest Teacher Michael Sibanda!
Hey marimba folks! Just wanted to confirm that classes are still happening this week – enough students are available/in town to keep all the classes running. There will be Beginning-Intermediate Marimba at 4:30 Wednesday, Intro Marimba at 2pm on Sat., Intermediate-Advanced Marimba at 4pm Sat., and the all-new Mallet Technique class at both 2:00 and … More Classes are on during Thanksgiving week
I’m very pleased to present the latest in Jekesa Studio’s “Skill Development” classes. (These are classes meant to suppliment your regular classes or lessons, by addressing specific skills that all good players must develop.) I’m talking about Mallet Technique, the class where we focus with laserlike precision on what you can do physically to play … More Announcing: Mallet Technique Class!
I apologize for not giving any updates since the Ande Marimba Band tour ended. Things have finally settled into a nice groove here at Jekesa Studio, with three levels of marimba classes all off to a good start (see descriptions below.) Expect more frequent updates over the next 2-3 months, including album news and more … More Fall Classes in Full Swing
As you may know, The Ande Marimba Band is my longest-running and must successful marimba project to date. This year, we’ve got an awesome summer tour planned in support of our new Arise album with Chris Berry. Spanning from Washington to New Mexico, it includes 2 music festivals, CD release parties in 3 states, and … More Ande Marimba Band tour dates 2017!
I’m pleased to unveil the new class schedule for June and July. (That’s all the time I have to teach before the Ande Marimba Band tour). There are a few new offerings, including Hosho Basics and Basics of Shona Music, and continuing classes like Beginning & Intermediate Marimba. Hosho Basics is pretty self-explanatory…as long as … More New Classes for Summer
Jekesa studio’s director, Jeff Brahe, plays in quite a few groups. The most high-profile would have to be The Ande Marimba Band, which includes some of the top marimba players in the North American community, and tours nationwide whenever possible. Fans have become accustomed to following Ande’s Facebook page and YouTube channel for updates, including … More Ande Marimba website now live
Welcome to 2017! Hopefully this year will bring a breath of fresh air and some positive changes. Here at Jekesa Studio, Winter classes are starting next weekend, and I’m excited to announce some new offerings this season. FAR, or Fundamentals of African Rhythm, is a comprehensive system designed to help you understand and play difficult … More New Classes for a New Year!
Fall marimba classes starting soon! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Beginners – Saturdays from 2:30 to 3:45. $15/week Intermediate players – Saturdays from 4:00 to 5:30. $20/week
I’m very pleased to announce our very first session of classes over at the new studio. It will be a five-week session, which is the perfect amount of time to get a solid start with marimba from now until school ends. The cost is just $15 per class, so sign up now while there’s still space! … More Spring Classes start May 7th!