Zimfest 2013

June 27-30 — Pacific Lutheran University — Tacoma, WA

Claire Jones

Claire Jones has been involved with Zimbabwean music since 1976 when she first fell in love with the marimbas and started studying with the late Dumisani Maraire. She performed for several years with Dumi and the Maraire Marimba Ensemble both in the U.S. and in Zimbabwe, and was a founding member of the Seattle marimba groups Kutamba and Musango. While living in Zimbabwe from 1985 to 1990 she played mbira with Mhuri Yekwa Muchena and authored the book Making Music: Musical Instruments in Zimbabwe Past and Present. She is honored to count Mondreck Muchena and Zhanje Mujuru as her main mbira teachers; she has also learned from members of Mhuri Yekwa Muchena, Ephat Mujuru, Musekiwa Chingodza, Stella Chiweshe and Sydney Maratu. Claire completed her doctoral degree with a dissertation on the modern Zimbabwean marimba in 2006. She is currently teaching and playing mbira and marimba in Seattle while teaching online courses in ethnomusicology. Her group Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble has been together since 1991.

Name Sessions Enrollment
Tondori for karimba/nyunga nyunga
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Advanced Beginner
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 3/10 students
Butsu Mutandari
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 9/9 students
Claire Jones