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Todd Roach is a percussionist, teacher and producer living in Vermont. USA. He has studied the world of Middle Eastern and North African percussion instruments since 1989. His teachers have included master drummers Vince Delgado and Glen Velez. In addition, he has participated in a variety of workshops and master classes over the years with Jamey Haddad, Trichy Sankaran, Simone Shaheen, George Sawa, David Nelson and Subash Chandran.Todd Roach is an artist endorser and representative for the Cooperman Drum Company. In June, 2010, Cooperman released the new Todd Roach Hybrid Tambourine as a part of their Artist Innovation Series of instruments. As a performer, Todd has played in a variety of settings in the last couple of years. In 2008 and 2009 he performed and taught at the international frame drum festival Tamburi Mundi, in Freiburg, Germany. In the summer of 2009, he recorded and released an album,Strange But True, with the Vermont based ensemble the As Yet Quintet.
In 2010, Roach appeared at the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with violinist Beth Bahia Cohen. During this time, Todd also had his debut Flamenco performances as part of a short New England tour with dancer Ines Arrubla, singer Carlos Denia of Barcelona and guitarist Tino van der Sman of Sevilla. In addition, since 2009, he has performed with Ensemble Datura, a world music collective featuring percussionist N. Scott Robinson, south Indian vocalist K.S. Resmi and oud player Mac Ritchey. Some of his other professional highlights have included performing with renowned Arabic violinist George Lammam at the Middlebury Center for the Arts in 2002, and releasing an instructional video in 2000 with Carl Fisher Publishing, The Quick Guide to Playing Doumbec.
Roach is an active educator that has taught percussion-based residencies and clinics in schools and festivals in the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe. These have included Dartmouth College, University of Missouri Saint Louis, Tamburi Mundi, and North American Frame Drum Association events in Vermont, New Jersey, St. Louis and Toronto. In the summer of 2010, he also taught professional development workshops with the Colombian based ensemble Triaje. Todd is active in his local community as well, serving as the founder and co-director of two education programs in Brattleboro, the Kindle Farm School Music and Arts Program and The Loft Youth Percussion Ensemble.
In addition to performing and teaching, Todd is the founder and manager of The Loft in Brattleboro, Vermont. The Loft is a performance and teaching space dedicated to acoustic world music. The Loft has hosted concerts for touring artists such as Glen Velez, John Bergamo and the Hands On'Semble, Ganesh Kumar, Subash Chandran, Layne Redmond, Raquy Danziger, Ganesh Anandon, Patrick Graham, N. Scott Robinson, Latif Bolat and many more.
Todd Roach - Middle Eastern 1-2:00
Marcus Santos - Brazilian 3:15-4:15
Sayon Camera - African 5:30-6:30