Michael plays percussion and ethnic wind instruments. He has been playing and teaching for more than 30 years and has had the opportunity to travel to many countries. These include Egypt, Morocco, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Europe, and Israel studying and learning from the keepers of various traditions. He also maintains a contemporary relevance by organically mixing in electronic influences with dozens of traditional instruments.
Mr. DiMartino has also performed with Jimmy Cliff, Michael Franti, Mickey Hart, Baba Olatunji, Yungchen Llhamo, Joules Graves, Umayapurim Shivaraman, Gordon Stone, Col Bruce Hampton, and at national festivals —Horde, Big Summer Classic, Gathering of the Vibes, and Starwood.
Mr. DiMartino is also featured on more than a dozen CDs, including the Art Rock Ensemble, Sound Oasis, The Beat Temple, Transglobal, World Beat Ensemble, Primitive Ink, Earthsongs, Journey Dance, and Tibetan Elemental Breaths, Rhythm the Musical, and Wavespell 13.
Michael has taught classes and performed internationally at Harbon Hot Springs and the Kripalu Yoga Center, the Earth Summit (Brazil 92), and Drumming in the New Millennium (Egypt 99).
He is the co-founder of WorldBeat Music and Dance Ensemble presenting music programs and percussion classes focused on team-building, self empowerment, self expression, cultural education, and leadership development. He is currently employed in the Theatre Arts Department at The University of California Santa Cruz and as a consulting musician and instructor for Grizzly Hill Elementary School.
Jimmy has always loved music. He started playing trumpet in the school band, then started playing guitar at age 12. He studied jazz guitar in college, then later switched to bass. He toured in the JGB with Melvin Seals and helped form bay area jam band Shady Groove, he has also played with Keller Williams, Stu Allen, Pete Levin, Jen Durkin, Livingston Leo, Gregg Anton, and Cast of Clowns, among others.
Kit loves rhythm. He began performing in a Sacramento Scottish bagpipe band in 1966, and soon migrated into orchestras, dance bands, and wind ensembles in the Bay Area, Central Coast, Southern California, and the Sierra Foothills. Symphony work includes performances with Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman, and Phyllis Diller. Discovering jazz about 1970 led him to Brazilian rhythms, then Carribbean and Afro-Cuban styles and instruments. When he moved to Nevada County in 1988, a thriving dance community introduced him to drumming from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Ghana, and Congo—all of which has enriched his jazz, funk, and rock drumming.
Drums & Percussion
Creates booty shakin’ beats that make you move your feet. Sits in any band to make the group complete. Plays from his soul. Bringing music to the concert halls, clubs, or swinging in the street. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and now a resident of the Sierra foothills, David’s experience in music ranges from recording studios to dance clubs, concert halls to parades in the street. Dance classes, drum lessons and band performances. David’s musical tastes range from Jazz to Hip hop.
Ricardo Covarrubias is a percussionist and multi-instrumentalist from Guadalajara Mexico. Ricardo has played and toured with numerous dance, circus, and percussion performance companies, for example: RAIZ NEGRA in Guadalajara Mexico, MALINKE percussion in Cancun, and CIRCULO DE FUEGO in Los Cabos. Ricardo has also participated in various ethnic music projects like the AMMAN ENSEMBLE in the US, TITANIUM BUDDHA, and now the WORLD BEAT ENSEMBLE. Ricardo has also performed as a solo act with RESONANTE, an electronic music project in which he also plays handpan instruments—a new form of percussion that originated in Switzerland.
Thomas Spellman combines mastery of the craft with soulful exploration. He wins the hearts of his listeners with poetic lyrics and a capacity to utilize a wide range of musical style. Fun, funky, mellow and articulate are just a few words that come to mind during a Thomas Spellman experience.
Light Being Music is my artistic exploration of musical soundscapes to induce “Healing” moments. My intention is to deliver a sonic journey which will effectively bring one into a state of remembering a deep deep memory to allow progressions in life toward a better outcome in any given situation in need of healing, or attunement. My favorite way to share this gift is to bring my four sound tables to festivals, workshops, and/or other events.
Sax, flute, wind synth
Gary Regina has been a professional musician for over 30 years.
As comfortable with straight-ahead jazz as he is with world beat, hip-hop, blues, swing, rock or funk, Gary’s abilities transcend many styles and genres, illustrating an incredible diversity of musical influences.
Gary led his own original bands for 18 years, whose styles ranged from acid jazz and new age to world beat. A pioneer of the world beat movement from the late 70s, Gary continues to incorporate world rhythms and influences into his compositions today.
Currently, Gary performs all over the United States and Australia, focusing on his multi-instrumental solo performance, which utilizes looping technology. Playing a wide variety of instruments (including woodwinds, ethnic flutes, saxophones, percussion, guitar, wind synthesizer and a drum machine), Gary creates unique soundscapes of trip-hop, world and ambient music. Then, with incredible creativity (and a little help from technology), the trance-like rhythmical sounds gradually build, looping on top of each other, until you are sure there are ten musicians! Your ears will have a hard time reconciling what they hear with what your eyes see!