1 Curriculum Vitae for multi-percussionist Brandon Marger Brandon Marger 2 Highland Circle Hadley MA (413) Education Sta...
for multi-percussionist Brandon Marger Brandon Marger 2 Highland Circle Hadley MA 01035 (413) 320-8756 [email protected]
http://www.BranMarPercussion.com Education State University of New York - College at Purchase (Purchase, NY) 1882 – 1985 Concentration in American History Degree not completed Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY) 1983 – 1984 Competency-Based Teaching Program, which included a full semester of student teaching.
Musical Studies New England Private studies in afro-latin percussion with Joe Platz (1988 – 1991) Private studies in afro-latin percussion with Victor ‘Papo’ Sterling (1992 – 1993) Studies in Capoeira Angola with Jamie Coulter at the Brattleboro Capoeira Angola Group (1998 – 2006). La Habana, Cuba Studies in afro-cuban percussion with Guillermo López Clemente at the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba (1990). Salvador, Brazil Studies in afro-brazilian percussion with: Macambira at the Associacão Artística e Cultural Diáspora (2000) Antonio Carlos at the Fundação Cultural do Estado da Bahia (2000) José Ricardo at the Balé Folklórico da Bahia (2000) Studies in Capoeira Angola at the Academia de Jõao Pequeno de Pastinha (2000).
Classroom Teaching Mamaroneck High School (Mamaroneck, NY) 1984 Fall semester As a student teacher taught a few sections of ninth grade African & Asian Studies, a senior elective America In The 1960‘s, and another senior elective Russian History and Literature.
Brandon Marger CV - page 2 Mount Vernon High School (Mount Vernon, NY) - 1985 Spring semester Worked as a substitute teacher for a variety of social studies classes. Spent several months as a permanent substitute teaching several sections of tenth grade European History.
Other teaching experience Estudio ‘El Bohio’ (Hadley, MA) 2000 – present Ongoing private tutelage in a wide variety of styles of afro-latin drumming and percussion in my own teaching studio.
1991 Amherst Leisure Services Program (Amherst, MA)
2000 Brattleboro Union High School (Brattleboro, VT) Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT)
Capoeira Angola Capoeira Angola
2001 Northfield/Mount Herman School (Northfield, MA) UMASS Amherst (Amherst, MA)
Capoeira Angola Afro-Brazilian Rhythms
2002 Sterling College (Craftsbury Common, VT) Amherst College (Amherst, MA) Smith College (Northampton, MA)
Capoeira Angola Afro-brazilian rhythms Afro-brazilian rhythms
2003 School for International Training (Brattleboro, VT) Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School (Hadley, MA)
Capoeira Angola Capoeira Angola
2004 Monadnock Waldorf School (Keene, NH) The Mariposa Museum (Peterborough, NH)
Capoeira Angola Capoeira Angola
2005 Northfield/Mount Herman School (Northfield, MA)
2006 The Putney School (Putney, VT) Capoeira Angola Northampton Community Music School (Northampton, MA) Latin Jazz 2007 Bridge Street Elementary School (Northampton, MA) Lyndon Institute (Lyndon Center, VT) Westfield State College (Westfield, MA)
Afro-cuban rhythms Capoeira Angola Brazil’s Rolkloric Roots: Candomblé, Capoeira e Samba de Roda
Brandon Marger CV - page 3 2008 Wildwood Elementary School (Amherst, MA)
2009 Jackson Street Elementary School (Northampton, MA)
Puerto Rican plena
2010 Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT)
Afro-cuban dance & drumming
2013 Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT) Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT)
Candomble & Samba Capoeira Angola
2014 Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
Performed with the following groups 1989 – 1991 The VCRs - Reggae & funk musics 1992 – 1994 Kandombe (aka Samba do Sol) - Samba & other Afro-Brazilian musics 1995 Caribbean For Kids - Pan-caribbean music for children 1996 Huellas Latinas - Salsa & merengue 1997 – 1998 Satinwood - 1970’s era pop, folk & light rock 1998 – 2006 Brattleboro Capoeira Angola Group - Capoeira Angola and other afro-brazilian musics 2000 Associação Artística e Cultural Diáspora - Samba & other afro-brazilian musics at the Lavagem do Bonfím festival in Salvador, Brazil Bira Reis e Bloco Kizomba - Samba & other afro-brazilian musics during Carnaval in Salvador, Brazil 2001 – 2002 Sol Sin Fronteras - Folkloric musics from Latin American & the Caribbean 2002 – present Changes In Latitudes - The nation’s premier Jimmy Buffett tribute show
Brandon Marger CV - page 4 2004 Los Pleneros del Momento - Puerto Rican plena and música navideña 2006 Funk & Monk - Jazz Iron City Jazz Band - Jazz (the music of Grant Green) 2008 Taller Camándula - Puerto Rican poetry, song, theater and rhythm 2009 Viva Quetzal - A fusion of andean and caribbean musics 2012 Jason Roseman & Tropical Gems - Calypso, Reggae and other caribbean music 2014 – present A Healing Wind - Jazz standards and original compositions
Formed & directed the following groups 1992 – 1999 Grupo Sofrito - Latin jazz 2000 – 2001 Academia de Samba Quilombo - Samba & other Afro-Brazilian musics 2005 –2009 Los Callejeros - Puerto Rican rhythms and songs 2006 – 2011 Grupo Folklórico Palo Santo - Afrocuban folkloric music & dance
Amherst College (Amherst, MA) Bentley College (Waltham, MA) California University of PA (California, PA) Colgate College (Hamilton, NY) Dartmouth College, (Hanover, NH) Hampshire College, (Amherst, MA)
Grupo Sofrito Changes In Latitudes Changes In Latitudes Changes In Latitudes Brattleboro Capoeira Angola Group Kandombe, Huellas Latinas, Grupo Sofrito, Samba do Sol, Grupo Foklórico Palo Santo Changes In Latitudes Brattleboro Capoeira Angola Group Changes In Latitudes Brattleboro Capoeira Angola Group
Holyoke Community College (Holyoke, MA) Keene State College (Keene, NH) Mansfield University (Mansfield, PA) Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT)
Brandon Marger CV - page 5 Mt. Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) Regis College (Weston, MA) School for International Training (Brattleboro, VT) Smith College (Northampton, MA) Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH) Springfield College, (Springfield, MA) St. Joseph College (Hartford, CT) St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) UConn School of Social Work (Hartford, CT) UMass Amherst (Amherst, MA) Western New England College (Springfield, MA)
Sofrito Folklórico Changes In Latitudes Sofrito, Capoeira Angola Group, Quilombo Los Pleneros del Momento, DOMM production Changes In Latitudes Los Callejeros Sol Sin Fronteras Changes In Latitudes Los Callejeros Grupo Sofrito, Huellas Latinas, Palo Santo Changes In Latitudes
Dance Class Accompaniment 1989 Yvonne Daniel - Five College Dance Dept.
1989 – 1991 Alfredo Castillo
1991 Fritz Vilpic
1991 Mauricio Marques
1992 Felicity Ozoemena Mbanefo
1993 – 1997 Julio Peña
2000 Nem Britto - Associacão Artística e Cultural Diáspora Balé Folclórico da Bahia Molly Christy - Brattleboro School of Dance
(Afro-brazilian) (Afro-brazilian) (Afro-brazilian)
2000 – 2006 Jamie Coulter - Brattleboro Capoeira Angola Group
2006 – 2011 Miguel Periche – Grupo Folklórico Palo Santo
Music produced and performed for theatrical productions Dream On Monkey Mountain (written by Derek Walcott) - Smith College (1991) Amor Positivo (directed by Julio Peña) - Latino Theater Project/New World Theater (1997)
Brandon Marger CV - page 5
Recording Credits Lorena Garay - La Guitarra de Puerto Rico (2003) Surdos, tamborím, agogô, ganzá, cuica Steve Kareta & Changes - By The Sea (2004) Congas, bongó, timbales, campanas, batá, chequerés, claves, güiro cubano, berimbau, caxixi, pau de chuva, apito, bar chimes, vibraslap, seed pods, tambourine Steve Kareta & Changes - Tequila Inspiration (2006) Congas, bongó, timbales, cowbells, woodblocks, chequerés, claves, maracas, güira dominicana, timbal brasileiro, caxixi, pau de chuva, ganzá, reco-reco, triangle, bar chimes, vibraslap, seed pods, tambourine Steve Kareta & Changes - Summer State Of Mind (2008) Congas, bongó, cowbells, woodblocks, chequeré, claves, maracas, güiro cubano, timbal brasileiro, pau de chuva, ganzá, reco-reco, tamborím, pandeiro, agogô, caixa, triangle, bar chimes, vibraslap, seed pods, tambourines Steve Kareta & Changes - Five Year Plan (2011) Congas, cowbells, woodblocks, chequeré, ganzá, triangle, bar chimes, tambourines Fresh Music Production & Stock Music - Trop Rock Collection (2013) Congas, bongó, cencerro, güiro cubano, maracas, claves, chequeré, ganzá, triangle, bar chimes, tambourines, vibraslap, caxixi
Radio 2001 – 2008 Producer of Afro Roots, a program of musics from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Brazil on radio station WMUA 91.1 FM in Amherst, MA. 2002 – 2008 Director of World Music Department at radio station WMUA 91.1 FM in Amherst, MA.
Websites Designed, built and maintained the following websites: Grupo Folklórico Palo Santo
http://www.GrupoPaloSanto.com (no longer active)
http://www.LosCallejeros.us (no longer active)
http://www.LosPleneritos.org (no longer active)
Brandon Marger Percussion
http://www.BranMarPercussion.com (currently active)
Video Select videos of Brandon Marger in performance with various groups is available on his YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/BranMarPercussion.
Brandon Marger CV - page 6
Toque de Batá (1993)
Workshop at the Bridge Street Elementary School in Northampton, MA with composer/bandleader Michele Rosewoman, percussionist Gene Golden, and the (now deceased) legendary Orlando Rios “Puntilla” (2007)
Teaching Puerto Rican plena at the Jackson Street Elementary School in Northampton, MA (2009)
Accompanying a dance class at the Balé Folclórico da Bahia (2000)
Dress rehearsal with Grupo Folklórico Palo Santo (2008)
Workshop at Amherst College with the African & Caribbean Students Union. (2014)