Intro to Cajon Grooves w/Valentino P.

Intro to Cajon Grooves w/Valentino P.

Valentino P.

Sunday, September 23rd - Sunday, October 28th

5:00 pm

$250 Early Bird before Sept 4th / $260 Regular

Intro to Cajon Grooves
This beginner/intermediate course will help develop a deeper understanding of the Cajon and it's magnificent journey to become the instrument it is today. Like so many instruments, the Cajon is diverse in its uses and together we will explore some of them by country of origin. Whether a cajon is being played in Africa, South America, Europe or the good ol’ USA, every cajon player needs a healthy approach/technique, from warming up to live performance. Most importantly, we will have fun learning and playing together. This class is for anyone and everyone who wants to know more about this very special instrument we call the Cajon.

Here's a summary of what to expect:
- Group warm ups
- Introduction to simple tone identifying/ hand position technique
- History of the Cajon and its uses
- Learning examples of grooves from different parts of the world
- Learning how to apply and accompany using specific grooves

Note- Students should bring their own instruments (I have one extra cajon to share), recorders, pad/paper, etc.
Valentino P.
Valentino, a.k.a. Valentino Peeps, is a Bay Area native whose artwork is Music. He co-founded Reclaim-Music (Music/ Event production, Recording Studio) in 2006 and went on to build the production company, StarFire Global Music Group in 2012. He has freelanced as a drummer/percussionist since 1997 and as songwriter/vocalist since 2002.
Blessed by the support of his family and their vast musical tastes, Valentino began music lessons at the age of six- piano, followed by the violin, followed by the guitar. At nine years of age he fell deeply in love with the drum set.

Private study, Bay area public schools and local bands built his experience performing Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk, Rock & Roll, Soul, and various Latin Music. Composition and drumming has now taken Valentino around the world and given him an identity in the Bay Area music scene. Valentino is currently writing and producing for variety of joint projects as well as
writing, performing and producing his solo work.

Valentino has worked with AguaLibre (formerly O-Maya), Femi Andrade, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jonathan Finlayson, Dayna
Stevens, The Hogan Brothers, Michael " Mike Tiger " Aaburg, Destani Wolf, Terry Disley, Daniel Lucca Parenti, Boon, Dynamic, Antique Naked Soul, Valerie Troutt, Steve Taylor, Kirby Dominant, Zion-I, Crown City Rockers, Headnodic, Alphabet Rockers, Hawk Beatz, Bicasso, Malik Ameer, Prophets of Rage, Rico Pabon, John Santos, Pete Escovido, Greg Landau, Joowan Kim, Piero Infante, Orlando Torriente, Digital Underground, J. Mage, Dream Dance Company, The Embodiment Project, the late Bay Area Jazz Greats Ed Kelly and Robert Porter, The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble just to name
a few. Valentino's legacy is one of positivity and impressive musical taste that will no doubt move the spirit of listeners all over the world!