When and why did you start drumming?
…inspired by a live performance by Gypsy Kings in TO around 25 years ago…6 guitarists, 6 vocalists, 1 percussionist whom I found mesmerizing…followed by live performance by Bruce Cockburn that same summer at which he played a native frame drum…bought a Hopi frame drum ~ started to play at jams, in bands, gradually expanded my collection …many rhythmic/musical journeys on many paths since then…was introduced to batucada by Pato…drumming, music, dance are spiritual practice for me…batucada expresses a strong spiritual history…a blending of cultures…past, present and a future we all help create…

Do you sing or play other instruments?
…vocals, piano (my mother was a piano teacher), guitar, drums/percussion, dance …so far…

What’s your favourite memory of drumming?
…at a community circle at a heliport in Newmarket…under the stars around a fire beside the Holland River …we were literally surrounded by howling coyotes…singing with us…lots of great times with community circles, bands, drumming canoe trips, T.Dot Batu…

What inspired you to join Tdot Batu?
…I love to learn from many cultures…Pato was looking for people to start up…

What advice would you give to beginners?
…if you love it keep playing, learning…it will enrich your life…you will never become too old for music…

What are you listening to lately?
…mainly world music with instruments and vocals (not electronic)…mainly mexican, central/south america, caribbean, flamenco, middle east, sufi, indian, african, jazz, improv…fusion

What’s your favorite place in the TDot?
…with my children/grandchildren, the lake, the rivers, the music, friends…