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2045 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR, 97214

503-309-9959

Sound and Rhythm teaches people of all ages and experience.  Absolute beginners or experienced players can find expert instruction at the Sound and Rhythm drumming studio.

Sound and Rhythm drumming studio offers African Drumming Circles & Classes, Private lessons  on drum set and hand drums, Performances,

Team Building, and School Programs.

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About

I founded Sound and Rhythm Drumming Studio 2000 as a way to share my passion for drumming and music with others. I began by teaching drumming to children at a friend’s school. Parents of students requested private lessons; this eventually led to a full-time operation bringing rhythmic education to over a thousand people. I specialize in teaching drum set, along with one-on-one and group West African drum lessons on authentic djembes and dununs. 

 

I am a versatile drummer and percussionist and have traveled to Ghana and Guinea in West Africa to study music and perform as a student of master drummer Mamady Keita. I have spent considerable time learning from grandmaster, Famoudou Konate as well. I have also studied with musical luminaries such as Chester Thompson (Phil Collins, Frank Zappa, & Genesis), Bob Moses (Jazz legend- Jaco Pastorias & Pat Matheny), Roy “Futureman” Wooten (five time Grammy winner with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) and Jason Marsalis (an N.E.A Jazz master and member of the Marsalis family from New Orleans). 

 

I routinely perform with various groups such as African drumming ensembles, a samba band, jazz groups, a kora (African harp) player and singer/songwriters. I have also traveled as far Taiwan and Alaska to perform. I love to perform, but my mission is to share my passion for drumming through music education. At Sound and Rhythm, I teach students of all ages and experience and I strive to make lessons and classes fun and relaxing. 

 

Sound and Rhythm Drumming Studio is located in Nashville, Tennessee. 

 

~Clifford Koufman