Intermediate and Advanced Tahitian Drumming with Nico
Instructor: Nico San Nicolas
From: Killeen, TX
How long dancing/instructing: 5 years
Favorite drum beat: Paea
Favorite beat to teach: Pahae (everything starts with Pahae!!)
Inspirational Quote: "Just jam it!"
When not drumming: "Camping, Hiking, being out in nature."
Class prerequisites: Folding stool. Rhythm and a positive attitude.
Class goals: Competing in a Drumming Competition
2020 Heiva I San Francisco Drumming/Music Competition, San Francisco, California, USA
Beginning Tahitian Drumming with Becky
Instructor: Becky Martinez
Becky Martinez has been with the Halau since January of 2017. She and her daughter Shea were drawn to the Halau after looking for a place to connect to Pacific Island culture after Becky spent two years living in the Micronesian country of Kiribati for two years in 2000 - 2002. There she lived on the islands of M’aiana (the name of her youngest daughter) and Arorae.
Becky has been drumming with Kalama’s own Nico San Nicolas since July, 2018. Spending time on to’ere, fa’atete, pahu tupai, ihara, and tari parau while drumming with Kalama, her seat among our drumming ohana is usually behind a to’ere or fa’atete.
As a long-time educator, Becky is passionate about connecting those curious about Tahitian drumming with an experience that will turn any mystery of these amazing beats into precise clarity and joyful expression among Kalama’s ohana of drummers and dancers.
Halau Kalama Drummers begin our journey together learning the history, instrumentation, language, and traditional beats of Tahitian Drumming, while attending to the sharp technique and precision that pay respect to this rich culture.