January 22, 2015


2010 SF World Percussion Arts Festival
October 1st-3rd & October 8th-10th, 2010

Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
(across from the 24th St. BART station)

The San Francisco World Percussion Arts Festival spans two weekends offering performances workshops by today’s premiere artists whose works include diverse cultural traditions from West Africa to Japan and India. This year’s festival features two Special Guest Artists: The Hiroyuki Hayashida Trio, from Japan, and Quimbanda Grupo Carnavalesco, directed by Afro-Brazilian Percussion Master, Gamo Da Paz.

Hiroyuki Hayashida was an active member of internationally-renowned taiko group, KODO, for seven years and performed on more than 800 stages all over the world. He became a solo player in 1991 and was a member of Takio Ito and TAKIO BAND for two years. His forte is katsugi oke daiko, a unique shouldering taiko instrument. He’s a pioneer player of the instrument and is definitely one of the very few leading solo taiko players in Japan now.

Gamo Da Paz was born in Salvador, Bahia and raised in the lineage of the Candomblé tradition of the Ketu nation. As a Master Drummer from the house of Gantois, Gamo is one of the few drummers who plays ceremonial and healing rhythms in the most renowned religious houses in Brazil and internationally. As an international artist, he was the Head Percussionist for groups such as the Oba-Oba Company and Ballet Folclorico Da Bahia. He founded Quimbanda Grupo Carnavalesco, one of the premiere samba reggae drum ensembles today, in 2002.

Jim Santi Owen (Tabla) is an American percussionist, teacher, and performer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Drumming since the age of eight, he has been studying tabla since 1991 from Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music, at the California Institute of the Arts, and in India. Since 1995 he has been studying South Indian percussion instruments including mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and morsing from T.H. Subash Chandran and tavil from K. Sekar. At Cal Arts, Owen studied Jazz with Charlie Haden, James Newton, and Tootie Heath and African drumming and dance from the Ladzekpo Brothers. He also studies the art of accompaniment for the traditional Indian dance known as Kathak under one of its masters, Pandit Chitresh Das. Owen holds a Bachelor’s of Humanities from New College of California and a Master’s degree in World Music from California Institute of the Arts.

Duniya Dance & Drum Company (West African / Guinean) Formed in April 2007, Duniya Dance and Drum Company creates dance and music from Punjab, India, and Guinea, West Africa, as well as unique blends of these forms and beyond. The word duniya means “world” in a wide array of languages, including Punjabi, Arabic, Susu and Wolof. Duniya’s work embodies this word, as it explores the forces that have brought together the members of the company and their dance and drum styles, including, but not limited to, colonization, globalization, immigration, art, dance, music and love.

2010 SFWorld Percussion Arts Festival – Performance Lineup by Weekend

Friday – October 1st, 8PM
Saturday – October 2nd, 8PM
Sunday – October 3rd, 6PM

Festival Host – Maikaze Daiko (Taiko)

Val Serrant (Percussion / Caribbean Steel Drums)

Susu Pampanin & Troupe Joweh R. A. W. (Middle Eastern)

Afia Walking Tree & Spirit Drumz (African Diasporic)

Special Guests from Japan: Hiroyuki Hayashida Trio (Taiko / Shinobue)

Friday – October 8th, 8PM
Saturday – October 9th, 8PM
Sunday – October 10th, 6PM

Festival HostMaikaze Daiko (Taiko)

Duniya Dance & Drum Company (West African / Guinean)

Joe Vengoni (Dulcimer)

Jim Santi Owen (Tabla)

Special Guests: Gamo Da Paz & Quimbanda Grupo Carnavalesco (Afro-Brazilian)

2010 SFWorld Percussion Arts Festival – Workshop Schedule

Sunday, October 3rd , 9-11AM
TAIKO  – Hiroyuki Hayashida of Hiroyuki Hayashida Trio
(Some basic skill level required, drums provided)

Sunday, October 3rd , 11AM-1PM
ZILLS / FINGER CYMBALS (Belly Dance) – TerriAnne Guitierrez of Troupe Joweh R. A. W.
(Open to all skill levels)

Sunday, October  10th , 9AM-11AM
EMBODYING RHYTHM (Body, Drum, Breath & Voice) – Tabla Master, Jim Santi Owen
(Open to all skill levels, drums provided)

Sunday, October  10th , 11AM-1PM
WEST AFRICAN RHYTHMS & DANCE – Joti Singh of Duniya Dance & Drum Company

Workshop Fees:     $30 / per workshop
To register contact:  sfwpaf2010@gmail.com
Workshop Venue:  Dance Mission Theater