"A melodic, gently hypnotic, and very different approach to global percussion."
— Martin Sinnock
Grade K-4 Music Teacher, Olds
"Matt and Jodi are not only talented musicians who gave an excellent, enjoyable and educational concert but they are also personable and skilled at working with children to enable them to play percussion instruments and create music in a fun and supportive environment. The Olds Elementary School students were thrilled to play the tubanos, djembes and caxixi and learned so much about making music together as a community. I would highly recommend jamani duo both as performers and school clinicians."
"I was really interested in the steel pan for a long time and finally was able to see and play some this early year when I visited Caribbean. Thanks again for bringing such an amazing show and was great to see you playing."
— Lin Tao
After performance at
Shanghai Music Conservatory
Student comments from
Olds Elementary School:
"Thank you for coming and playing all the instruments."
— Sarah, grade 1
"I liked the steel pan drum. I liked when we got to the music room and we got to follow along with the bell."
— Sadie, grade 3
"They did really good music in their concert."
— Elliana, grade 2
"I liked how you showed us all your cool instruments which we have never seen before."
— Avery, grade 3
"You probably had lots of practice of doing all that music."
— Mariska, grade 4
"I liked when we played the pizza song."
— Brendan, grade 1
"It was fun playing the djembes and tubanos."
— Ashlyn, grade 3
"You have really big drums."
— Emery, grade 1
"Your music was so beautiful to hear."
— Neki, grade 4
"Your music is really good. I liked all the cool sounds the instruments made."
— Autumn, grade 1
"I like when they did the song with the rubber ducky."
— Kaylee, grade 2
"Thank you for coming and we liked learning about drums and also the African instruments."
— Ashton, grade 4
"Thank you so much for all your work! It was fantastic and the kids LOVED your concert! I heard such great feedback from parents, staff, and kids. Super excited for our next adventure!!! We will be in contact about next year :D"
Grade 1-6 Music Teacher, Calgary
"The jamani duo is the most wonderfully talented couple I've ever known! Their educational performance is filled with so much energy, information, and passion for percussion that it is absolutely infectious. The students, ranging in age from six to fourteen, as well as staff and community guests were captivated and attentive. Matt and Jodi played an incredible variety of percussion instruments and flute. They're very professional, yet approachable and relaxed. They were so great with the kids, too, responding to questions and teaching them about the places around the world from which each instrument originated, and how they were made. Even the science concepts of sound were addressed.
Here are some quotes from students:
"More than awesome!"
"Can they come again next year?"
We would love that! Thanks, again."
Teacher and vice principal
Horizon School Division
"Wow! I really like your music! It's really happy and optimistic listening to you. I hope some day I can attend one of your concerts."
Percussionist and composer, Spain
"The jamani duo offers a wide spectrum of music, combining a number of different ethnic percussive styles with jaunts into the classical and jazzy side of things. The inclusion of the flute just expands their repertoire and offers the audience a variety of pieces. The talent found in this duo is astounding as both members are accomplished musicians with an undeniable connection to each other, resulting in exciting and sparkling performances. Don't miss this dynamic duo!!!"
— Bente Hansen, MMus
Instructor, Dept of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts
Coordinator, Music @ Noon Concert Series
"Our daughter Zoée participated in the jamani hands on drumming camp in Sundre last week. She had a great time and we are just thrilled that she had this opportunity. Thank you to all who participated in supplying instruments and coordinating the camp. Matt and Jodi, you are wonderful coaches!"
Father of student at "jamani hands on!"
"To Jodi & Matt from Kirby
You are good at the instermints (sic) you play. You were funny when you were realy silly Jodi. You are the best I have ever seen. Matt you are the best drummer I have ever seen. That vibraphone is realy cool. Jodi good job on fute you'r really good. Jodi good job on the piano. I am going to miss you at church. I am also going to miss the sound of you'r flute at church. It fits in."
A young fan after a
performance in Sundre