Here are some of the facilitators you will meet at Jam Camp!
Anna Baignoche has been a teacher and musician for the last 12 years. She completed a Bachelor's Degree of Applied Music specializing in voice at Vancouver Community College and is presently completing a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology at UBC. She is the leader of her band, Anna B. and the Heartbones, and has released two CDs, toured extensively, and has regular play on CBC radio. In 2009, Anna and her group performed at Studio One for CanadaLive and was broadcast internationally twice on the MotherTongue series. Traveling the world studying music has been Anna's passion which she has translated into her work leading several World Music choirs and singing/composing in different musical styles and languages.
BSc African and Afro-American Studies
MSc Elementary Education
Instructor influences: Khalid Saleem, Clyde Morgan, Kpani Addy, Arthur Hull, Keio Ogawa, Mamady "Wadaba" Kourouma, Artero "Uncle" Mulfufo, Keith Terry, Thomas Cruz, Mamady Keita, and Famadou Konate
Bobby has been a student of ethnic percussion and dance since 1994. He began studying the drum in University though Khalid Saleem at the SUNY br /ockport in upstate NY. "Khalid introduced me to the power of rhythm and its ability to unite communities. His drum playing changed my life, and allowed me to explore an artful way to promote understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for the arts and their impact on creating a society in harmony." Since his early university education, Bobby has shared his passion for drumming with hundreds of thousands of people in Canada, Japan, and the US, from seniors to toddlers, corporate team building to gymnasiums packed with students and teachers. "I believe everyone has the desire to be creative, whether it be dance, music, or art, and through these mediums each life becomes a positive model for the next, free to express what's inside without fear of judgement." Bobby has earned the reputation of creating a successful experience for every participant he reaches, and is considered to be a Master Facilitator and Teacher.
Theresa is a guitar, piano, mandolin and African drum player. Theresa's original songs come from her experience in relationships and in her travels, and she desires to inspire people to live in peace with themselves and each other. Theresa has shared music with children as a Music Director art summer camps, in individual lessons, in childcare work and as therapy in shelters for homeless children. Music is a source of comfort and emotional release for Theresa, and her goal is to facilitate that process for others by sharing music with them.
Esther has been with Jam Camp since the very beginning, starting as a wee participant in 2003 and over the years volunteering and facilitating by teaching poi, leading song writing groups and teaching workshops. She can now be seen wandering camps with a manager clip board in hand making sure people follow the rules. Esther loves everything to do with Jam Camp and is so happy that she can take on a bigger role in something that has been such a huge part of her life for so long. During her real life, away from the dreamy summer Jam Camp weeks, she can be found in North Vancouver wandering the woods with her dog, working on her massage business and doing her best to help the powers that be organize upcoming Jam Camps.
Leh has been playing music since her early teen years at some of the first years of Jam Camp. She has grown from a world travelling busker finding gigs wherever she could, to a Montreal based folk musician and activist. Leh works hard to open up spaces for folks to engage with music who don’t always feel encouraged to do so. She runs monthly shows for women and trans folks, sings and writes with a feminist choir and writes and performs with her dark-country band. She also facilitates song writing workshops in French and English for blooming activists. She has worked with Rock Camp for Girls Montreal teaching electric guitar. Her focus these days is writing sad country songs and picking old folk tunes on her banjo.
Lindy has studied jazz, contemporary, and Indian classical voice. She plays the guitar and loves writing folk ballads. Unusual instruments like the kazoo, handbells and the musical saw are her favourite! She’s also a voice teacher, nanny, and teaches Music Together family classes for preschool aged children. Jam Camp is always a highlight and she’s been introducing campers to the hillbilly theremin since 2014!
Barry is a no-limits multi-instrumentalist and an explorer of all aspects of music. Using a vast array of sound-twisting equipment, Barry approaches playing with invigorating passion, spontaneity, adventure and fun. In his blank-canvas approach, Barry receives creative inspiration in the moment, which he teases out into a cascade of alive, cutting edge experimental music. His facilitation of explorative jams has brought inspiration and creative awakening to musicians of many genres and backgrounds. His original works of art have been performed on tour independently and in collaboration with a variety of other musical artists over the past 20 years. He has performed and recorded albums with a number of artists and bands. Barry completed training in audio engineering and recorded music production through Trebas Institute.
Colin grew up listening to the sounds of piano, and moved on to make use of his musical ear through a degree in mass communications, specializing in sound engineering, studio recording, radio, and mixing for live concerts over the past 20 years. He finally committed to the banjo at the same time as he started a family with Wendi, being determined to make music a family pastime instead of having a television. His ultimate goal is to live at a beach with a great surf break, switching between the banjo and a surfboard with family, friends and bare feet. Jam Camp comes in remarkably close to this dream - and while it is only 4 days and there is no surf, he will be making the most of this fantastic time sharing his clawhammer banjo skills with anyone who wants to learn, and spreading the joy of family music making.
Wendi began learning to play the guitar as a teenager and spent most of her musical time jamming on camping trips with a her group of musical and creative friends. Jam Camp feels much like those distant days, now that she is a mother of two children and spends most of her time building a house and gardening on the Gulf Islands. Luckily, her husband, Colin, picked up the banjo at the time of the birth of their first daughter 9 years ago, and since then they have been staying up way too late getting some time together writing songs and learning a few traditional old time tunes. The growing of the family has become a strong motivation for creating music as a way of connecting and communicating together, and Wendi and her family have been seen chopping out a few tunes around the island. Jam Camp offers a new context from those distant days which include the many smiling faces of children and parents, and Wendi is excited to share her experiences of song, guitar and fiddle with the extended Jam Camp family.
I have been involved with James Camp for 4 years. I teach accordion and piano when there is electricity. I love Jam Camp because it encourages creativity and community bonding through song. It brings out the best in people and is inclusive and, most of all, it's fun!
I lead a band called Mimosa, that will celebrate its 20 year anniversary next year. I write most of the music for it. We toured all over Canada and have performed at many festivals, including the Vancouver and Montreal Jazz Festivals, and we have 3 albums out. I also play in various other bands. My musical loves are Jazz, Brazilian and French music, as well as world music.
Rachelle has been a music nurturer from the age of 15 when she completed the Royal Conservatory training and began supporting children and teens in harnessing their musical genius on the piano. In the past 2 decades, she has worked with over 100 families as a piano teacher and SelfDesign learning consultant, nurturing intrinsically creative, joy-driven musical lifestyles and learning environments. Rachelle is a multi-genre multi-instrumentalist with extensive experience jamming and exploring with a wide array of musicians.
Wowee, if there's anything Katie likes more than singing songs in the woods with friends and birds and chipmunks and moss - she hasn't found it yet! Jam Camp has been a part of Katie's life since she was just a little wild child making music with sticks and stones and singing her heart out. Now, she sticks to those roots, but has added guitar and ukulele to her jamming bag of tricks. At Jam Camp, Katie loves to teach instruments and group songs and knows that everybody can sing and play if they just let loose and believe in themselves! "Can you feel it??"
Outside of camp, she tries to cobble together a living in Vancouver through fun musical gigs - you may have seen a singing forest elf during the holidays that looked a lot like her... And sings with an all-female trio that focuses their music around empowering women and promoting respect for all people.
She believes that there's nothing better for our hearts and happiness than singing and dancing together, and is very thankful to be a part of Jam Camp and have Jam Camp be a part of her.
Tarun is a hybrid, a meeting point between east and west; a cross-cultural (con)fusion. He is a classically trained tabla player, a DJ, and a producer, obsessed with fusing traditional Asian sounds with wicked electronic beats. He performs globally, trains in Mumbai, and represents the Canadian massive in Vancouver. As a producer, Tarun creates South Asian influenced sonic landscapes and uptempo asian beats and breaks. As a DJ, 'Tspoon' mashes funk, hip-hop, dancehall and bhangra into a bouncy, juicy dance floor madness. As a tabla player, Tarun trains classically in the Punjab school, and represents in both traditional and electronic situations. Tarun is currently performing with 3 projects; global music DJ collective Beats Without Borders; crazy celtic punjabi live electronic act Delhi2Dublin; and bhangra/ grime/ hip-hop trio BPM.
An alumni of the West Vancouver Boys and Girls Band, Graham began playing the flute at age 9 and saxophone at 17. Graham has toured and performed with groups as diverse as Sumalao, a Chilean canadian band, Uzume Taiko, the Hard Rubber Orchestra and ANAGRAM a jazz group with his wife Anna Lumiere. Graham conducts the Creek Big Band on the Sunshine Coast and plays regularly in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast as a recording musician and live performer.
As well as leading many sax workshops Graham has enjoyed teaching children and adults for over twenty years on the North Shore, in Vancouver and now on the Sunshine Coast.
With ANAGRAM Graham recently collaborated with an Arabic group, the Sokoun Trio from Montreal, to meld music of each group and played live on Radio Canada.
In the summer of 2013 Katheryn shared her love of squeezebox, theatre and songwriting at Jam Camp for the first time. She was head over heels about the experience and about meeting so many amazing folks and families at Jam Camp that year and she hasn’t missed a summer since. Aside from her Jam Camp adventures she has toured through Europe, the United States, and all over BC and Alberta with a wide range of projects including Vaudeville Vagabonds, Blackberry Wood, Joanna Chapman Smith, Something About Reptiles, Lindy and the Crow’s Nest, Los Portenos del Norte, Melissa Bandura, Babe Gurr, the Andy Tabb Welcome Band and Moth Orbit Object Theatre. Katheryn is an honours grad of the jazz and contemporary music diploma program at VCC where she studied with Croatian virtuoso Jelena Milojevic and jazz improv master Alan Matheson. She teaches accordion privately, is the Artistic Director of the Accordion Noir Society, and sits on the board of the Jam Camp Society.
Paula Rodriguez de la Vega loves exploring and playing in nature and has been participating in Jam Camp with her daughter since 2014. With enthusiasm, she leads nature exploration activities for little Jam Campers. Surrounded and inspired by nature, Jam Campers then go wild and create music. Outside of Jam Camp she is an environmental consultant and xeriscape designer (www.dancinggrasses.com) based out of Penticton.
Mariela started attending Jam Camp in 2003. Although she was already heavily influenced musically by her parents, Jam Camp inspired her to explore her curiosities with new instruments and styles and broadened her horizons culturally. She loves to sing and spin poi; plays guitar, mandolin and piano and is learning violin. Jam Camp has become part of her family, and she looks forward to reuniting with the crew as often as her life allows. Currently, Mariela is living in Vancouver, pursuing a career in Musical Theatre, but plans to compose her own work, and to work in all mediums of the Performance Art scene, especially in its creation.
Christopher Suen sings and plays clawhammer banjo, guitar, piano, pipe organ, and classical Chinese zithers (guzheng and guqin). Although he only started playing banjo in 2005, he has firmly established himself in Vancouver's acoustic music community with his different musical projects: the alt-bluegrass string band Whiskeyjar; the high energy Appalachian old-time trio Shout! White Dragon; and the rootsy folk band Lily Come Down. He also teaches banjo lessons and workshops, and he is at the heart of a collective of old-time musicians in Vancouver who host regular jams, workshops and square dances. Chris is also assistant choir director and principal organist at his Vancouver church Holy Family Parish, a community that offers traditional services in Latin, with Gregorian chant and Renaissance choral music. His love of music and community finds full expression in Jam Camp, which he values as a unique opportunity for campers, parents, and facilitators to be enlightened by each other's musical energy and creativity in the spirit of fun and sharing.
Owen Thomas is a musician, teacher and facilitator in Vancouver with a background in piano, guitar, and choral music. He trained and performed with the UBC Choral Union and the Northland College Choral Ensemble, including performances with the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble and the Duluth Symphony Orchestra. Owen teaches privately and for school groups, and brings his love of contemporary world music, folk music, and the traditional music of many cultures into workshops with Adults and Youth, including Vancouver Jam Camp, Mabel Lake Jam Camp, and guest Choral Directing both chapters of Local Vocals Community Choir.
Ivan is a performer, composer and music producer. He has been playing guitar for 15 years. Recently, he has been studying Latin and flamenco guitar techniques, and also obtains extensive knowledge of guitar techniques and music theory taught by the Berkley School of Music.
In his academic years, Ivan studied in his thesis the mechanics of producing simulated sounds of plucked guitar strings. Since then, he has been diversely involved in music production. Besides focusing on acoustic projects that usually involve recording a variety of ethnic instruments, Ivan has dived into the world of electronica as well. One of his electronic tracks was released on the European lounge electronica compilation Cafe Del Mar.
Currently he leads a world fusion band called Tambura Rasa and runs a company that offers various services such as music and video production, soundtracks, and digital design.
Celina is a singer-songwriter and guitar player who has been writing songs since her youth. Celina has performed in various venues, festivals and community events in the Okanagan and in Vancouver. Celina's music is inspired by environmental and social issues, as well as by the beauty of Nature and the people in her life.
Thomas Tumbach is a strings guy, and he likes to sing songs too... oh yeah, and drum, and dance, and garden, and play with kids, and cook, and play hockey, and .... Jam Camp is like coming home for Thomas, as he loves being surrounded by wonderful, creative new and old friends, especially outdoors in the wonderful Mabel Lake valley!
Elliot is an enthusiastic composer and reluctant performer based in Vancouver. A love of collaborative creation has lead him to scoring dozens of dance and experimental theatre pieces, a few short films, and arranging music for many bands. Mainly Elliot plays the viola, but he'll dabble with anything noisy. With The Deadcoast and The End Tree, he has toured Europe, the UK, and all across Canada. He does not know how to spin wool.
2014 marked Elliot's first Jam Camp. He instructs violin and viola, gets people to invent new ways to play instruments, and insists that a coathanger is an instrument.
James started on guitar as a very young boy when his mother used to bribe him with $5 bills to practice. Before he even knew it, music had crept into his heart and permeated his soul. He plays guitar, piano, drums, and whatever else inspires him in the moment. He is a passionate singer-songwriter with an original style somewhere in between folk, rock, pop, jazz and blues. He has played the open-mike circuits in Vancouver for many years now and is currently working on his debut album.
Steph is part of Jam Camp's management team. He first attended Jam Camp in 2010 and has been an enthusiastic member of the Jam Camp community ever since. In 2013 he joined the Board of Directors and enjoys co-managing camps with his wife Eryn. He loves collaborating with the wildly talented facilitators to create themes and characters that inspire participants to create wonderful pieces of music. Thanks to Jam Camp, Steph has finally learned how to play the guitar and can hold his own in a campfire sing along - but just barely. As a music facilitator, his strength is empathy as he knows what it feels like to be a beginner.