Claire Jones

Claire Jones has been involved with Zimbabwean music since 1976 when she first fell in love with the marimba and started studying with the late Dumisani Maraire. She performed for several years with Dumi and the Maraire Marimba Ensemble both in the U.S. and in Zimbabwe. She was a founding member of the Seattle marimba groups, Kutamba and Musango. While living in Zimbabwe from 1985 to 1990, she played mbira with Mhuri Yekwa Muchena and authored the book "Making Music: Musical Instruments in Zimbabwe Past and Present". She is honored to count Mondrek Muchena and Zhanje Mujuru as her main mbira teachers. She has also learned from members of Mhuri Yekwa Muchena, Ephat Mujuru, Musekiwa Chingodza, Stella Chiweshe and Sydney Maratu. Claire completed her doctoral degree with a dissertation on the modern Zimbabwean marimba in 2006. She is currently a part-time instructor for Boston University's graduate online program in music education while she continues to teach and play mbira and marimba in Seattle. Her group, Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble, has been together since 1991.

Name Sessions Enrollment
Presentation- A Survey of Popular Music in Zimbabwe 1890-1990
Presentations: Any age; Any skill level
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 15/50 students
Intermediate Marimba- Misorodzi II
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 10/10 students
Intensive: Intermediate Marimba- Manhanga Kutapira
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM), Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 8/10 students