Vienna, Austria Well over a thousand performances on four continents with the percussion show STOMP are on Johannes' resume - including guest appearances at the Sydney Opera House or the Royal Festival Hall. He also performed with the original cast of the Lost&Found Orchestra. After touring the world, the jazz drums graduate went into business for himself as a producer, performer, musician and lecturer. For over ten years he has toured with various bands and percussion ensembles throughout Europe and gives workshops at schools, in adult education and regularly at universities such as the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. lunovi-quartet.com groovetrotters.com en-de.facebook.com/FunkyCurrywurstBrothers/ johannesbohun.com
Rotterdam, Netherlands In 2018, Merel was awarded Best Choir Director and her choir Maze was awarded Best Choir in the Netherlands. Using Kodaly and vocal painting techniques, she allows spontaneous improvisation to give rise to a complete composition. The daughter of an oboist and a violinist, Merel was passionate about music as a child and began to develop into a passionate choir director and arranger at a very early age. After graduating from high school, she began her bachelor's degree in music education at Codarts Conservatorium in Rotterdam, graduating with top grades in 2009. However, this did not quench Merel's thirst for knowledge and she studied pop and jazz choir conducting with Tijs Krammer, graduating with a straight 1.0 in June 2011. Consistently following her passion, two years later she began her master's studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, studying choral conducting with Jim Daus Hjernøe and Jesper Holm. As of May 2015, she had her Master's in the bag with top grades in all subjects. Merel has an open ear for new things and likes to be guided by her mentors and friends. She works closely with Peder Karlsson (former Real Group) from Sweden and Roger Treece (composes for Bobby McFerrin's Vocabularies, among others). Since November 2015 Merel teaches choral conducting based on the 'Intelligent Choir' method at the colleges in Rotterdam and Tilburg. Merel is on many (inter)national festivals presenting her visions about modern choral conducting and choral work.
Barcelona, Spain Brazilian musician, dancer, storyteller and non-fiction writer, Estêvão grew up in a musical family. Early on, Estêvão followed the path of Brazilian folklore. He is known as a teacher of the 'San Francisco Orff Course' and for his musical games with spoons. Estêvão Marques is a multi-talent. He deals with dance and music, storytelling as well as imparting knowledge - and combines these fields into a total cultural work of art. Estêvão studied music in São Paulo (Brazil). With his work he explores Brazilian folklore and develops it in his own unique way. He is a member of the Brazilian Grupo Triii and a teacher at the San Francisco Orff Course in the USA. As a storyteller and teacher of dance and percussion, he has been active at the "Instituto Brincante" theater school in São Paulo since 2003. Estêvão gained fame especially as a collector of percussive spoon plays: All over the world he has discovered and collected spoons as percussion instruments to make traditional Brazilian rhythms sound. In his book "Colherim" he has published many ideas for making music with spoons. He also offers the online course "Music and Movement." Estêvão is the author of the book "Brasil for Children," including a CD with 30 songs, as well as the collection "Historias que cantam" ("Singing Stories"), which was awarded by the Ministry of Education of the City of São Paulo. In addition, he has been involved in numerous other publications that deal with the creative transmission of art and culture. The all-round artist is also a member of the musical group "Palavra Cantada" with Paulo Tatit and Sandra Peres. He has played with Chico César, Antonio Nobrega and the group Barbatuques. Estêvão gives workshops all over the world, including Turkey, Colombia, Uruguay, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Italy, Thailand, Spain, Argentina and Brazil. He is also the musical director of the radio program "Muitas coisas poucas palavras, a arte de ensinar e aprender" ("Many things, few words - the art of teaching and learning"). At the same time, the most important thing for Estêvão is always: to pass on his knowledge and experience.
Freiburg, Germany As a beatboxer, singer, choir director and arranger, Julian is active in the German vocal scene and works internationally as a lecturer. The studied school musician and choir director tours with his a cappella band UNDUZO and the beatbox duo Acoustic Instinct since 2005 through the German-speaking countries. As a beatboxer, he specialized in accompanying vocal ensembles and choirs through many years of work with the Jazzchor Freiburg and other groups. This enabled multiple projects with Bobby McFerrin or Roger Treece and led him to publish the textbook "Beatbox Your Choir - Perfectly Accompanying Choirs and Vocal Groups" (Schott) in 2015. So far, he has celebrated special successes as a choir director with the Senior Jazzchor (third place at the German Choir Competition 2018) and Twäng! (first place at the Aarhus Vocal Festival 2022). Julian Knörzer teaches beatboxing, ensemble conducting and jazz/pop choir conducting at the Freiburg University of Music, the Tübingen University of Church Music and Trossingen University of Music. In addition to his teaching and active concert life, he co-founded the vocal music festival Black Forest Voices in 2019. www.julianknoerzer.de www.unduzo.de www.acousticinstinct.de www.seniorjazzchor.de
Perugia, Italy Rhythm, capoeira elements and dance characterize Charles' own style. He uses the movement sequences of typical dances of his home country Brazil (Capoeira, Samba, Frevo) to elicit sounds and rhythms from the body. Only with the help of voice, hands and feet imaginative grooves and melodies are created. A combination of dance and body percussion, which Charles developed himself. No wonder that he easily succeeds in arousing enthusiasm for his kind of Brazilian joie de vivre. Charles is a long-time member of the Barbatuques, one of the most influential body percussion groups in the world. With them, Charles tours extensively internationally and has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin and Cirque du Soleil. He studied classical guitar and choral conducting in São Paulo. Since 1997, he has developed cultural research projects and musical performances with a variety of dance and theater groups. Charles scenically directed music shows for the Brazilian Cultural Institute SESC and the prestigious Instituto Brincante in São Paulo. He was musical director for several state street theaters. As a composer and arranger, he created original soundtracks for dance and theater performances. In addition, Charles is continuously active both independently and with the "Nùcleo Barbatuques" as a workshop lecturer in programs for children and youth and in adult education. In this, he also volunteered for disadvantaged children in São Paulo. Since 2019 Charles lives and works in Italy.
Hamburg, Germany The Hamburg dancer toured the world for seven years with the percussion show STOMP. In her work, she combines rhythm, dance and infectious energy. In recent years, she has increasingly explored the culture of her Nigerian roots. Sarah Lasaki was born into a family of artists and from the age of five she studied classical dance at the Ballettzentrum Hamburg John Neumeier for nine years. From the age of 14 she studied Modern Dance, Jazz and Afro Dance as well as Hip-Hop and Flamenco. Her training took her from Hamburg and Berlin via Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles to Nigeria. Her dance experience brought her into the world of musicals. She performed with Elton John's "AIDA" in Essen (Collosseum Theater) and at the European premiere "Dirty Dancing" in Hamburg. With her dance lessons she inspired children and teenagers (On Stage Hamburg and Billie's Tanzstudio). After several dance jobs and choreographies for music videos (Dante Thomas, Seeed, Nena, Shaggy, Audrey Hannah, etc.), an engagement at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg ("Suburbio Das Niemandsland" by Johan Kresnik) and the flamenco dance theatre project "Andanza" by Teresa Martin, she dedicated herself to her passion: playing drums. Sarah was the only German to succeed in an audition for STOMP in 2007. She accompanied the successful show for seven years on its European and world tour. Here Sarah could unite all her versatile interests and talents: rhythm, dance, energy and passion.
London, United Kingdom Guillermo has become one of the leading Circlesinging and Vocal Improvisation facilitators in the UK and Europe. The charismatic educator and vocalist, born in Buenos Aires and based in London since 2004, works regularly as a voice teacher and vocal leader in different settings, ranging from the corporate to the public health sector. He enjoys engaging singers of all levels and backgrounds and bringing them together to find joy and fulfilment in their singing. He’s been a disciple of Bobby Mc Ferrin and Rhiannon, two of the world’s greatest vocal improvisers and song leaders. His work, informed by forms of tribal music-making across the world and yoga, inspires individuals and groups of people to listen, breathe freely and be fully present. His workshops are an opportunity to experience music-making in the moment and gorgeous spontaneous song. Trained as a classical and popular singer, Guillermo has explored diverse ethnic music traditions, which enables him to work with a diversity of styles such as Jazz, Pop, Folk, Latin and musical theatre. Drawing material from disciplines such as the Feldenkrais Method, Yoga and Tai Chi Chuan, he has developed numerous courses on singing, South American rhythms, healing bodywork and breath work. He also teaches Latin and Folk Spanish guitar. Guillermo has worked for 15 years as a voice coach for individuals and groups, musicians and non-musicians, and for clients in the private and voluntary sectors. His workshops and individual lessons have shaped a generation of singers in Buenos Aires. As part of corporate development programmes, Guillermo’s workshops are tailored to improve wellbeing and creativity in the workplace. His workshops for young people encourage creativity and cooperation.
Hamburg, Germany Ben founded the Body Rhythm Festival in 2015 and has been enthusiastically developing it ever since. He teaches regular classes in Hamburg, gives workshops in Germany and abroad, and performs on stage at events and musical theater pieces. He is a lecturer for body percussion at renowned institutions, including state music academies, Goethe Institutes, Youth plays Jazz and Musicians without Borders. Commissions have already taken him to Italy, France, Austria, Greece, Argentina and China. Ben received his musical education at the Music College in Hannover, Germany, where he studied drums and percussion in jazz, rock, pop and music education. As a studio musician, he has been involved in CD and film music recordings. Live he played percussion in musical performances, including "Aida" at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. Stylistically versatile, he has drummed in big bands, jazz combos, Latin bands, rock and pop groups, and a classical orchestra. For years he has been collecting and training body sounds and grooves from all over the world. Again and again he travels through South America, where he gets new inspiration for his holistic, gentle and at the same time vitalizing teaching style, especially by working with artists in São Paulo, Brazil.
Hamburg, Germany The Swiss is a specialist in musical group processes with the TaKeTiNa method. Since 1991 Esther has been offering workshops for a wide audience, leading rhythm classes at music colleges and working with orchestras and choirs. Esther Diethelm's work is based on training in rhythm pedagogy and therapy with Reinhard Flatischler (Taketina rhythm process and percussion) and Dr. Wolf Büntig (potential-oriented psychotherapy) as well as further training in dance (among others. Heidrun Hoffmann), voice and improvisation (with Lisa Sokolov and Daniel Prieto), circle singing and choral conducting (with Thomas Reck and Fabio Jegher), frame drumming (Glen Velez) and body percussion (Michael Siefke, Keith Terry). She was musically influenced by her intensive study of traditional Korean percussion (Samul Nori) and Balinese gamelan music, as well as by extensive musical study trips to Tanzania, northern Ghana and Southeast Asia. Since 1991 Esther has been offering open Taketina workshops for a wide audience, conducting rhythm classes at various music academies in Germany and Switzerland, and working with orchestras (e.g. Dt. Kammerphilharmonie) and choirs. She also accompanies psychotherapeutic training groups with Taketina rhythm therapy.
Utrecht, Netherlands Claudio is a versatile Austrian percussionist. He tours and performs in theaters and festivals from Havana to Reykjavik and is a sought-after guest lecturer at drum camps and music institutions throughout Europe. After receiving his concert diploma with honors in classical percussion and his eight years of apprenticeship as a master student of Hakim Ludin, he now studies with Kanjira master Selvaganesh Vinayakram. He can be heard on stage as a soloist and in several international projects. His specialties include South Indian and Afro-Cuban music, flamenco, and interactive children's concerts. Claudio's playing style has been described as subtle, humorous, inventive and, above all, virtuosic - always radiating the pure joy of making music. In March 2022, Claudio's first instructional book "TALADIDDLE" on "Konnakol meets Rudimental Drumming" was published by AlfredMusic. claudiopercussion.com