"Laura Rich achieves her goal of bridging cultural gaps by sharing musical traditions from other cultures."
In loving memory
Laura's teacher in Guinea, West Africa
||About Laura Rich
Laura Rich developed a passion for music as a young girl in Los Angeles, California where she was born and raised. She began formal training on the piano at age 5, and took up the guitar shortly thereafter. Concurrently she studied folk music taking a particular interest in world vocal traditions. She began dancing at age 10 and was accepted as a singer and dancer with Zadruga Folk dance Ensemble at age 12.
Ms Rich has studied or performed with a variety of artists and ensembles including Zadruga, Aman, Arlequin, Borenya, Ballet Matam, Les Percussions de Guine’e, Amazones Women Master Drummers, Koungbanan Conde, Jack Kineer, Billy Burke, Barry Glass, Fred Berk and Dick Crum. She has studied world music and dance abroad in France (Institut de danse), Poland (Akademia Muzyczna im. Fryderyka Chopina), Scotland (Findhorn-Anna Barton) and Africa (École de la Musique and Le Bagatae). Laura has spent the past 25 years studying the music of West Africa from noted instructors and Master Artists Djimo Kouyate, Mohamed DaCosta, Lamine Soumah, Mamady Keita, Moustapha Bangoura, Sidi Joh Camara, Aly Sylla, Fode Camara and Madou Dembele. She frequently visited and lived in the country of Guinea where she studied with Master Artists Sekouba Camara (Ballet Matam), Koungbanan Conde (Percussions de Guine’e) and Moussa Kouyate (L’ensemble Instrumental).
Ms. Rich has performed, arranged and recorded for numerous artists in Los Angeles, South Carolina, Atlanta and Nashville. She has taught world music and dance workshops across the United States and has toured extensively throughout the globe with World Music Productions, Inc. She is a teaching artist with the Arts Council of Southern Oregon, Salem Arts and Columbia Gorge Arts in Education. She teaches drumming in schools and colleges, conducts workshops, lectures and leads community drum circles throughout the United States. Ms Rich is a singer with The Rogue Valley Chorale, Rogue World Ensemble and Rusalka, a women’s Eastern European vocal ensemble. She lives in Southern Oregon with her husband and three cats.
She is known for her skillful drumming, but she also has a burnished, resonant voice.
- Star Reporter