I am a student of various great drum teachers from many backgrounds. Experienced players enjoy jamming with me, but I have been told that I am especially gifted at helping beginners feel comfortable finding rhythms and sounds out of any instrument, including the human body. Rhythmic breathing is made simple and encouraged from the start. Tones and drum patterns can be explained verbally or written mathematically. Students remember the patterns forever, as well as gaining comfort in playing with other drummers or instruments. Odd time signatures or complicated songs can be tackled and easily learned. Use any drum or percussion instrument you have! Recordings are encouraged if you like!
Peter grew up in Chicago, raised to love soulful music. A graduate of Northwestern University's Performance Studies program with a focus on Theatre and Media Arts, Public Speaking, and Ethnology. Designing percussion for stage and dance lead to studies and teaching of North and West African, Middle Eastern drum, Caribbean/South American and Asian drum and percussion rhythms. First hand experience has been gained by living in Morocco and South Korea for nearly a year each, studying and documenting folk music.
Community-minded rhythm instruction with a focus on hand drums. Elements of conscious breathing and comfortable movement are adapted to whichever level of experience and instrument you are working with. A world of influences allows for a variety of methods for learning and memorizing patterns which may be written, spoken, sung, or improvised. Groups large or small will benefit from our ability to customize the experience to the participants and location.
Chicago performance art group Environmental Encroachment (EE) uses an artist marching band and theatrics to create unique entertainment environments. Performances can include costumes, live music, parades, fire spinning, hula hoops, antics, and audience interaction. EE Marching Band’s music uses Latin, North African, and traditional American rhythms, fused with a full brass section and on-call electric bass. Songs are folkloric fusions, classics and our creations inspired from New Orleans Second Line, Jazz and Rock.
EE’s magic circus marching band has evolved as part of a new genre of music: HONK! bands! "Across the country and around the world, a new type of street band is emerging. Acoustic and mobile, borrowing repertoire and inspiration from a diverse set of folk music traditions – New Orleans second line brass bands, European Klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, Brazilian Afro Bloc and Frevo traditions, as well as the passion and spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival– these “honkers” all share a commitment to several core principles. Metaphorically speaking, they honk their horns for the same reasons motorists honk theirs: to arouse fellow travelers, to warn of danger, to celebrate milestones, and to just plain have fun.”
EE has done and can do parades, weddings, funerals, historical re-enactments, children’s shows, Halloween shows, street busking, second-line, festivals, performance workshops, rituals, marching band flags, circusesque sideshows, music for burlesque, vaudevillian skits, straight out music jams and synchronized swimming with tubas.
Environmental Encroachment started in 1996, with playground installations and live music interactions for people to play, be childlike, curious, free and happy.
Sourth By Southwest
Chicago World Music Festival
HONK! Street Band Festivals (Seattle, Boston, Providence, Austin)
Houston Art Car Parade
Lotus World Music Festival
Chicago Children’s Music Festival
Chicago Folk and Roots Festival
Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival
WZRD College Radio Spring Festival
Cleveland Performance Art Festival
Black Sheep Puppet Festival
Rotary Club’s Centennial Celebration
Chiditarod Shopping Cart Race
Michigan Peace and Music Festival
Chicago Peace Festival
Renegade Craft Fair
Taste of Randolph Street
Land of NOD Experiment
Queens Museum of Art, NY
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Krannert Museum of Art, Champaign, IL
Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Oriental Institute, Chicago
Millenium Park, Pritzker Pavillion
Chicago Cultural Center
Sky Church, Seattle Center, WA
Old Town School of Folk Music
Gallery 37 Storefront Theater
The Chicago Theater
The Congress Theater
City of Chicago Halloween Parade
Unity Temple by Frank Lloyd Wright
Chicago’s Navy Pier
Chicago Motor Speedway, NASCAR
Vassar College, NY
Staten Island Ferry NY
Stone Scholastic Academy
Chicago Waldorf School
The Orange Show, Houston TX
Ravenswood Buddhist Temple
Harvard Square Octoberfest Celebration, MA
The Glessner House
The Rookery Buidling
All aspects of music store operation, with a focus on hand percussion and drumkit accessories. Daily knowledge gained about other instruments from around the world: strings, winds, reeds and more. Experience with a variety of percussion from around the world, as well as modern cutting-edge improvements on folk instruments, has allowed me to offer great advice to both prospective and current drum owners.