Simone LaDrumma has been composing and performing on hand drums since 1987, first as a member of several Seattle-based bands, including Anzanga Marimba Ensemble, and then, from 1992 to 1999, as founder and Director of Ladies Don’t Drum, a unique all-female percussion ensemble.
During their eight-year run, “Ladies” performed and recorded with the Seattle Men’s Chorus, Maya Angelou, Holly Near andBobby McFerrin, among others. In 1998 they released their first solo CD, “Nailin’ It,” to excellent reviews. The band performed throughout Canada and the U.S., including a memorable performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2006 and 2007 Simone travelled to Europe to present workshops in Sweden and Germany.
In 1991 Simone began teaching drumming “for a loving” with the creation of Drumming & The Holistic Expression of Rhythm, a method of learning to play hand drums that bridges the gap between our ancient tribal heritage and modern life. Since that time she has brought the magic of rhythmic expression to thousands of people across the U.S., Canada and Europe, both as a teacher and as a performer. She has a studio in Seattle where she offers classes to people of all levels and genders. She also taught through the University of Washington’s Experimental College for over 15 years.