Annette Aguilar

Annette A. Aguilar – multi-percussionist, recording artist,educator, producer and bandleader – was born in San Francisco into a family from Nicaragua. She began playing music at the age of eleven. At sixteen, she was recognized for her percussion playing and began sitting in and performing with internationally renowned Latin artists such as members of the[…]

Rana Halpern

Rana Halpern has been playing drums since elementary school where she learned Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms. As a youth under the direction of Carolyn Brandy, Rana performed throughout the Bay Area alongside artists such as Pete Escovedo. In high school, she taught drums and percussion at Cazadero Music camp. She performed at venues such[…]

Kris Freewoman

Kris is the founder and producer of the Rhythm Workout Instructor Training Program. Through this program that sold through Power Music Company, Kris inspired instructors in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada to try a different approach to fitness. She was the Master Instructor Trainer for the Northern California ACT Aerobic Certification Training Program for[…]

Tonya Lyles

Tonya Lyles–Based in Austin Texas, Tonya “Onye” Lyles has founded SistaDrums to rejuvenate, invigorate, and uplift a community through teaching the art of hand-drumming and movement linked to traditional world rhythms. Tonya’s drum path began at four years old. Her first drum was a tambourine played in a gospel choir where she sang and performed[…]

Amanda Vincent Villepastour

Amanda Vincent Villepastour is a London-based musician and scholar who has done significant comparative research about the bàtá in Nigeria and Cuba. Since the mid 1990s, Amanda has been moving between West Africa and Cuba working with Yorùbá master bàtá drummers, most notably Chief Rábíù Àyándòkun and in Cuba, masters including the late Regino Jiménez[…]

TerriAnne Gutierrez

A lifelong student of dance, TerriAnne Gutierrez has been studying and performing Middle Eastern Dance for over thirty years. TerriAnne is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most well-known and sought after performers and teachers. She specializes in Modern Egyptian and American Cabaret, with stylistic influences from some of the forerunners of Egyptian Dance,[…]

Ava Square-LeVias

Ava’s joy of ecstatic union with spirit can be seen in her dance performance, her writing, and love for family, friends & community. Considered a “proverbial” artist Ava’s talents include choreographer/dancer, actor, drummer/musician, poet & videographer. Ava has studied many forms of dance and considers West African her forte. Ava has performed solo and toured[…]

Eli PaintedCrow

Eli PaintedCrow Native American (Yaqui) retired Army veteran. Mother of two veterans and grandmother of 8 grandchildren. Currently lives in merced California and devotes her time to bring awareness and clarity of militarism and its effects on human life. Eli’s speech at the Veterans for Peace 2006 National Conference is available here on YouTube.