Zimfest 2013

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

Joel Laviolette

Joel Laviolette has played mbira dzaVaDzimu for 19 years. He first went to Zimbabwe in 1998 after traveling the US and Canada to learn from everyone he could. He went again in 1999-2001 and lived and studied with Newton Gwara where they formed a band and toured Zimbabwe regularly. There, he also formed Mhumhi Records-a non-profit record label dedicated to preserving the music of the more rare types of Zimbabwean music. He now lives in Austin, TX and directs the Rattletree School of Marimba, Kupira Marimba, and leads the band Rattletree Marimba. He frequently travels nationally and internationally teaching and giving workshops on this sacred and beautiful music.

Name Sessions Enrollment
Beginning Matepe
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Introductory/Beginner
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 8/10 students
Intensive: Mbirimo on Marimba
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM), Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 4/10 students
Intensive: Chikende
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM), Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 4/10 students
Fingering Patterns for Mbira Guitar
Guitar: Teens, Adults; Advanced Beginner
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 7/30 students
Joel Laviolette