About Us

 

Carbondale Rhythm Collective is an organization devoted to building community and uplifting the human spirit in Western Colorado by providing an accessible and joyful understanding of diverse musical traditions.  We strive to create a safe and fun environment for individuals to explore music and dance as a community, as well as experience healing sounds and expand creative perceptions.  While open to all traditions, we focus more specifically on bringing the rich, joyful, and community oriented musical traditions of Africa and the Caribbean to our students and audiences.

 

Bios

Eric Baumheier

Eric Baumheier has been playing hand drums for about 20 years and has drawn influence from many different musical traditions including African, Afro-Caribbean, American, Latin American and Middle-Eastern. More recently Eric has expanded his rhythmic interest to include the mbira (a type of thumb piano from Zimbabwe) and the African marimba which he has been playing for about 8 years.

He has studied with master musicians from West Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, and Cuba. Some of his most recent teachers have been Fara Tolno from Guinea, Koffi Toudji from Togo, Musekiwa Chingodza and Cosmas Magaya from Zimbabwe, and Chris Berry from California, amongst others.

He has played locally for African Dance classes and has participated in several regional performance groups, bands and other musical collaborations. Aside from musical pursuits, Eric also has a passion for working with youth and spent 3 years as a public middle school teacher in the Denver area.

His dream is to share the magical feeling that comes from making this music with others, and help build community in the process. He currently makes his home in Carbondale and has been a Roaring Fork Valley resident on and off since 1998.

 

Some of our Teachers

Cosmas Magaya – Zimbabwe

Ambuya Beauler Dyoko – Zimbabwe

Patience Chaitezvi – Zimbabwe

Fara Tolno – Guinea

Chris Berry – USA

Eric Miller – USA

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Musekiwa Chingodza – Zimbabwe

Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murewa, Zimbabwe, in 1970. He began playing mbira at the age of five and is self-taught. Through listening to other gwenyambira, or great mbira players, he developed a strong attachment to and love for mbira music. He says, “Our music is both medicine and food, as mbira has the power to heal and to provide for people. Mbira pleases both the living and the dead.” With his engaging personality, gentle teaching style, virtuoso mbira playing ability and deep immersion in his culture, he is one of the most sought after ambassadors of his culture’s musical traditions!

***Deep gratitude to all of our teachers, including those not mentioned above, for sharing with us their sacred traditions!***