Maria Llorca Back to all Bios previous | next
Maria fell in love with all things percussion more than 15 years ago when she took Djembe lessons from Sean Dibble and found that - well - she could keep a beat.
 
Shortly thereafter on a de-stress trip to Esalen, serendipity (and Layne Redmond) put a frame drum in her hand and that started a long love affair with this instrument which, long before contemporary women’s movements, was an instrument of feminine power, ritual, trance and healing as far back as the ancient Mediterranean world. Following Layne’s amazing work and teachings, Maria traveled and attended workshops from California to Crete, assisted Layne in workshops and rituals and enjoyed a treasured friendship with Layne until her death in 2013.
 
Additional percussion teachers include Andre Crosby, Zeva Soroker and Corina Fitch.
 
Along the way, Maria also studied Middle Eastern dance with teachers such as Tamalyn Dallal, Bozenka and Maria Jamal, and danced in Jamal’s Noujoum dance troupe.
 
Maria plays Tar, Rik, Zills, Djun Djun, Bell and Djembe and is open to adding to that list. Maria is also the manager of Venus Rising Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble.
 



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