Marimba Intensive: Enriching the Ensemble Experience

Michael & Osha Breez

January 10, 2010 - January 17, 2010

Michael and Osha with leisIn this intermediate/advanced intensive we will explore many aspects of playing Zimbabwean style marimba in a large ensemble format. Specifically we will focus on various styles of interactive playing, including: advanced variation concepts and techniques, responding to lead, lead development, improvisation, and piece arrangement. Over the week, we will develop certain pieces in a completely unique fashion and will then have the opportunity to present the material to the local community. The main body of pieces will be chosen in advance and participants will know before the intensive how to best prepare. Within the intensive, we will also examine questions brought by participants concerning parts/pieces they already play in bands or classes.

About the Facilitator(s)

Michael Breez

Michael is the director of Rufaro School of Marimba and Musasa Marimba Ensemble brings 31 years of performance and teaching experience to this intensive. He has developed a style of interactive playing that is deeply rooted in the teachings of his mentor and friend, the late Dr. Dumisani Abraham Maraire, master musician and teacher from Zimbabwe, Africa.

Osha Breez

Osha is artistic director of Rufaro and Musasa began playing Zimbabwean music 22 years ago, studying and performing with both Dumi and Michael. She teaches from her love and respect for this amazing music, with emphasis on inspiration and joy.

Together Michael and Osha create a bright, dynamic teaching environment, assisting their students to have a successful and deep experience!


Workshop Fees

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage n/a n/a
5 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
4 - Tree House Room n/a n/a
3 - Bungalow Room n/a $ 1777
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1357 n/a
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1245 n/a

Prices subject to change without notice.