About More Than Just Rhythms & Sounds

More Than Just Rhythms & Sounds

Sunday April 28th, 2024 5pm

Neighborhood Unitarian Church
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena CA 91103

Come immerse yourself in the vibrant rhythms and beats of our multicultural percussion program, where diversity meets harmony in a celebration of music from across the world.


Christopher Garcia

Christopher  Garcia is a  "native" of (East) Los Angeles, i.e., same planet, different world

"A musical polyglot" with concerts in 28 countries on 5 continents some know of his work as either a drummer/marimbaist  or a percussionist of the north or south Indian percussion, or a multi-instrumentalist who also plays breath, percussion, and string instruments of Mesoamerica,  or as a composer of all of the above in the following musical circles avant-garde classical, chamber and symphonic music the indigenous and folkloric music of Mesoamerica and Mexico Jazz - inside, outside, sideways and upside down percussion ensemble,Rock, soundtracks World Music and the MUSIC OF FRANK ZAPPA and cartoon music.

Elhadj Malik Sow, West African (Fulani) drummer

Master drummer, composer, and choreographer Elhadj Malik Sow, born in Dakar, Senegal, hails from the Fulani ethnic group of West Africa.  Coming from a line of musicians and griots, Elhadj received training from his uncles until he was ten, and subsequently began a career in cultural exchange amongst the Jola, Bambara, Sosey, Serrer, Wolof, and others, becoming well versed in their folklore and customs.  Elhadj has performed or taught traditional West African music since 1960.  During his career, he has worked with the Ballet d’Afrique Noire, the National Ballet of Senegal, and Les Ballets Africains.  Currently, he directs the Futa Toro West African Dance Ensemble, which tours extensively.

Nadia Calmet


Gian Luiggi Cortez Mejia
Instagram Influencer 
Cajon Percussion

Nadia Calmet is a professional Peruvian Folk Dance Artist and percussionist, specializing in Afro-Peruvian Dances.  She has more than 25 years of experience participating in cultural exchanges with organizations in more than thirty countries as a cultural representative of Peru.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality with studies in Public Policies for Vulnerable Populations, as well as in Arts Therapy and Intercultural Education and Child Development. She also has a degree in Community Artist from CalState University, Los Angeles.

Shoji Kameda

Shoji Kameda is a Grammy nominated musician, composer and producer. He started playing taiko at the age of 8 and has played continuously since. He was selected through a highly competitive process as an Asian Pacific Performance Exchange fellow, collaborating with master artists from the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the USA.
He composed an original score for Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story, Audience Award winner for Best Documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival. He was featured in the music of the hit NBC TV show “Heroes” performed with Stevie Wonder at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and received a Grammy nomination with jazz fusion band Hiroshima for his work on their album Legacy. As a founding member of On Ensemble and the group’s primary creative force he produced On Ensemble’s critically acclaimed albums Dust and SandUme in the Middle and Bizarre Heroes.  In 2013 On Ensemble was invited to perform at the National Theater of Japan for their prestigious “Nihon no Taiko” series. Shoji is sought after by groups throughout the taiko world for workshops, masterclasses and compositions.  His compositions for taiko are performed around the world and recently Shoji has partnered with Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten to create “kaDON” a new online venture that will provide high quality instruction and repertoire for taiko and fue.