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Come play the music of Africa in a group setting (6-8 people). Absolutely no musical experience required! No music-reading, play by ear! Marimbas are supplied, and practice marimbas are available.

The music is mostly from Zimbabwe, but includes other African countries and the occasional American song. The marimba ensemble consists of the bass, the baritone, two tenors and three sopranos, 4 octaves total. Plus hand drums, shakers, and singing!

The beginning class is a drop-in class. The intermediate and advanced classes require marimba experience and the advanced classes require a long-term commitment. The instructor, Kite Giedraitis, has taught marimba to hundreds and hundreds of people and loves working with total beginners. All classes taught in his private studio near SE 39th & Holgate. Join the meetup to get the exact address.

Most people in the classes are not on Meetup.com. Often meetup.com will show only "1 person going", but that doesn't mean we won't have a full class!

Special offer through December 2016: your first class is free!

For more information, pictures, videos and mp3s: www.PortlandMarimba.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-71RJX8J2c

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Group lessons in African Marimba!

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  • 2 days ago · 6:45 PM

    Advanced marimba class

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    The name of our group is "Chibishibishi", which means "bustling activity" or "speech that is too fast to be understood" in the Shona language of Zimbabwe. Some of us... Learn more

  • December 1 · 6:30 PM

    Intermediate marimba class

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    This is a new class for people who have mastered several parts in all the songs that the beginning class plays and are ready to learn new songs. Most of us have been... Learn more

  • November 29 · 6:45 PM

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    2 marimba players

    The name of our group is "Chibishibishi", which means "bustling activity" or "speech that is too fast to be understood" in the Shona language of Zimbabwe. Some of us... Learn more

  • November 28 · 6:30 PM

    Beginning marimba class

    3 marimba players

    This is a drop-in class for anyone at any level. Even if you've never ever played an instrument in your life! Kite will start you off with a simple part that you can... Learn more

  • November 22 · 6:45 PM

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    The name of our group is "Chibishibishi", which means "bustling activity" or "speech that is too fast to be understood" in the Shona language of Zimbabwe. Some of us... Learn more

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