New York Public Library Interview with new faculty: Marie Basse Wiles

 New York Public Library Interview with new faculty: Marie Basse Wiles

We are thrilled to bring Senegal into the West African mix at the Retreat. We are lucky to have a highly respected teacher of this style with us, Marie Basse Wiles. Watch this interview for the New York Public Library Digital Collections to really get an understanding of where Marie is coming from, and how lucky we are to get a chance to study with her.

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Retreat Faculty Valerie Dee Naranjo discusses women in percussion and more

Retreat Faculty Valerie Dee Naranjo discusses women in percussion and more

For many years, retreaters have enjoyed learning the Ghanaian Gyil from one of the foremost Gyil experts in the Western world. We've all seen her jaw-dropping performances at the Saturday Night Concert each year at the Retreat, and we all know her insane resume: playing weekly on Saturday Night Live, Broadway shows, film scores, teaching at New York University, and so much more. 

During all this commercial work, she finds time to write, record, and perform the music she is passionate about as well. As one of the top percussionists around, Valerie is a great role model for women and girls in music. In this interview - from her website mandaramusic.com - Valerie discusses her teachers in West Africa, and being a women in the drumming business.

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New Faculty! World Class percussionist Shane Shanahan to teach frame drumming and more...

New Faculty! World Class percussionist Shane Shanahan to teach frame drumming and more...

World class percussionist Shane Shanahan is a member of the renowned, Grammy-Nominated Silk Road Ensemble. Led by Yo-Yo Ma (one of the world's greatest cellists), the ensemble tours around the world, bringing people of different cultures and languages together through the power of music. This is exactly the purpose of the Wula Drum and Dance Retreat, and we are happy to have Shane teaching with us!

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