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on the Instructors

10th Annual Exploration 
in AfroCuban Dance & Drum
Humboldt State University
July 24-30th, 2005

"A series of workshops at Humboldt State University on the California North Coast, featuring internationally renowned instructors celebrating the folkloric music, songs and dances of the Afro-Cuban people. All skills levels are welcome. Space is limited!" - Check it out at

See also the material on the 2002 7th, the 2001 6th and the 2000 5th Annual Exploration in AfroCuban Dance & Drum as well as the 1999 4th Annual Exploration in AfroCuban Dance & Drum.


Lazaro Galarraga, Song Jesus Diaz, Percussion
Reynaldo Gonzalez Fernandez, dance Susanna Arenas Pedroso, Dance
Regino Jimenez Saez, Percussion  Juan Carlos Blanco, Dance
Ramon "Sandy" Pérez, Percussion Michael Spiro, Percussion
Francisco Aguabella, Percussion Harold Muñiz, Percussion
John Santos, Percussion Michael Spiro, Percussion

David Peñalosa brought the Afro-Cuban musical message to Humboldt County over 20 years ago. David’s lesson plans, based on his detailed analysis of complex Cuban rhythms, aid many students.Currently Vice President of Bembé, a record label devoted to progressive Afro-Cuban music, David also writes for the Latin Percussionist Newsletter.

Chris Walker has studied Cuban folklore since 1983. He has performed with a wide variety of groups both in the S.F. Bay Area and abroad, including Rumbafroson, Sandunga, Owo Ache and Alafia. His drumming is featured on several CDs and instructional videos, and he has presented at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and North Africa. Chris currently plays with ceremonial ensembles based in Oakland and San Jose.

Howard Kaufman is the founder and coordinator of the Explorations in Afro-Cuban Dance & Drum program. In addition, he is a Lecturer in Percussion at Humboldt State University, an Associate Professor in Percussion at College of the Redwoods, and has developed world percussion programs at local high schools in Humboldt County.

Mark Lamson through formal apprenticeships with Regino Jimenez and Esteban Vega Bacallao, obtained “Omo Ana” status, i.e., a fully-initiated folklorist in sacred Batá drumming. Mr. Lamson’s teaching experience includes Palomar College, San Diego State University, U.C. San Diego, U.C.L.A., and CSU San Marcos.


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