35Jamaica Plain, United States
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My self-summary
I will be in Boston on 8/20 and 8/21 and in Philadelphia on 8/25, 8/26 and 8/27! LET'S HANG!

If I could have a superpower, it would be to turn all the ammunition in the world into dark chocolate pellets and all the bombs into glitter. Then and only then, will the games begin!

I have BA's and MA's but the older I get, the more I feel like everything I needed to learn, I learned in kindergarten.

Music making with children everyday, exploring ways of empowering and engaging my young friends in social justice.

Here is an ABC Selfie about me:

A- anti gun, pro respect to human life. adhd has saved my life! Ask me how!
B- bueno heart, Bourbon.
C- creative art and other less important things. Child lens, Adult skills.
D- destroyer of stereotypes, expectations, binaries.
E- extrovert <----Very----> love introverts and can give space!
E.2: Ethnically ambiguous.
F- feminist. Foodie. Fabulous!
G- GGG! And glitter. Always glitter. Lots of glitter.
H- highly into puns and dr. Seuss rhyming schemes
I- intuitive, sometimes right, sometimes wrong.
J- jew. Got the beard the prove it but don't practice or preach.
K- kinesthetic learner. kind.
L- lots of hugs, kicces, words, chocolate chip cookies.
M- mmmmm, them cookies are good!
N- nice words and nice actions make nice worlds!
0: Open to the possibility of connecting with different folks who also rock this world and who are into communicating openly.
P- paying bills on time. please, ain't nobody got time for that.
Q- that's the train I take in and out of my Brooklyn abode. You?
R- r Kelly sucks.
S- strong Ethics (loose morals)
T- trying to transform our cultures glorification of guns into more pencils and drums.
U- usually biting off more than I can chew, and then some.
V- verbose, very into almond butter. vast patience for kids,virtually none for adults who should know better.
W- where the wild things are. what would Walter White do?
X- xylophones can be built out of desk drawers, old futon slats and fishing wire. I can show you how!
Y- yes and.....
Z- zoo's, I never liked them....
What I’m doing with my life
These days I am creating solo percussion suites of music based around water and its relationship with humans. I am exploring the flow patterns and rhythms of the Oceans. About to start exploring drumming with fire, but first I need to learn how to handle fire for performance. Can you help?

Teaching at an amazing progressive elementary school where I get to teach rock bands, ukulele clubs, technology, protest music, West African and Afro Cuban Percussion! DAMN! My days are fun!

Everything from making musical instruments out of trash to creating socially conscious and artistic responses to homophobia, classism, gun violence, and racism to singing Sesame Street songs, to drumming ancient African War rhythms, to painting with chocolate syrup to story slamming about stop and frisk. Update: Composing soundtracks to books with Pre-K and Kindergartners (as we read them!)

Looking for puns and palindromes. Taking submissions now!

-Getting my 2nd graders to be pen pals with POTUS. Growing a solid red beard. Empowering kids. Empowering myself. The 3 R's.

. Trying to spend more time around X's & O's more than around 1's & 2's.
I’m really good at
Making me laugh!
Making you laugh!
Staying an optimist.
Giving non-requested advice!
Connecting with children inside a classroom and bridging the gap between the known and the unknown!
Blinking my eyes!
Cooking with no recipe!
Making music using expensive drums from far and wide and cheap trash from my own backyard.
Contagiating good stuff!
The first things people usually notice about me
Did you match your hair to your glasses to your phone case on purpose? You ARE wearing a Pink Dashiki.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite books: Frames of Mind. The Rest Is Noise, Sticks and Stones, Outliers, Half Empty, Opening Up, The Tipping Point, How Children Succeed, Bossypants, The Art of Mindful Living, anything by Rilke, of course I love my man Shakespeare, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Benneddeti Pablo Neruda, and just so I get cool points: Rumi.

Favorite Movies: Citizen Kane, Anchorman, Wasteland, 40 Year Old Virgin, Rear Window, every Almodovar, Tango Feroz and a bunch of other movies that I have fallen asleep to mainly because I think there is a glitch in my DNA's code that says: "When a flim appears on screen, one must fall asleep"

Music: Anything that has a heartbeat and a soul, analog or digital. From Charlie Garcia to Thelonious Monk to Tony Malaby to Macklemore to Pink Floyd to Terry Riley to Wayne Shorter to Hector Lavoe and the countless weird avant garde, noise jams and ethnic musics from around the globe made by mainluy human beings, the elements, animals and some apple computers.

TV Shows: Breaking Bad. Whose Line Is It Anyways?

Food: If it is wholesome and with love, fresh and perhaps organic, I'l love it EXEPT: Avocados, Mayonnaise, VINEGAR or vinegary smelling foods. Ethinically speaking I'll eat anything as long as it didn't once have a heart beat or blood running through it, although every now and then I eat fish. I am no stranger to Indian, Ethiopian, Latino!!!and of course Cajun/New Orleans food. Nowadays I am trying to be mostly vegan but will not say no to a good weird cheese or a delicious gelato, or a pastelito de queso from the street vendor in Washington heights...
Six things I could never do without
1) Feel (touch) - Feel (heart)
2) Show of Affection: Tight Hugs, Soft Kisses and Creative Handshakes.
3) A greasy, funky Drumbeat.
4) You Can't Say You Can't Play.
5) Some kind of surface to drum on. Could be a coconut, a cardboard box, or the skin of an animal wrapped around the trunk of a tree.
6) The MaKey MaKey.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- How to inspire children to fall in love with the arts! drumming!
- How I can create deeper, more truthful, interesting and unique works of art that pose both the question and the answer.
-How can I be around and create the least amount of oppression and aggression.
-How I can be more socially conscious with my everyday actions such as reusing and recycling trash, but also reducing my carbon footprint. Also I have been more outspoken with the issues that I consider need change NOW and have been thinking of ways in which I can be a vehicle of change for my community.
-How to foster relationships that are based in open communication, compassion and mutual understanding with people whom I love.
Do I really need another chocolate chip cookie? If I get the gluten free ones or the vegan ones, can I have two?
On a typical Friday night I am
there with bells on. (literally)<--- percussionist thing.
playing with fire. (literally) <----- new artwork.
If it is Fried Day, I am staying in...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I had a mean lazy eye, I no mo' do!
I was 100 lbs heavier, I no mo' am!
When I was 7, I fell on a pile of doggie doodoo while riding my bicycle, which is the reason I never properly learnt to ride a bike.
Being an orphan by the age of 20 is really not that bad.
You should message me if
-Wanna join forces in making this world a bit less lopsided.
-Think that your plans and likings fit nicely with what I have to offer.
-Want to tell me about the awesome ways in which you are changing the world and how I can support you!
- Want to talk music, art, polyamory, education, early childhood development, coffee, or maybe you just wanna have a conversation in questions, ala Whose Line Is It Anyway.
- Like dudes that can rock glittering their big beards!
The two of us