Eric Miller

Eric Miller became interested in Zimbabwean Music when he moved to Portland, Oregon and first heard Boka Marimba in 1996. At first, he just danced away the night but after a year, he auditioned and started playing in the band. In Boka, Nathan Beck introduced him to mbira and Marian Grebanier gave him a solid foundation in the traditional Shona mbira repertoire. Julia Chigamba, a Zimbabwean singer and dancer moved to Portland in '98 and Eric began performing with her as well. In 2003, Eric formed Pachi Pamwe with Matt Gordon on guitar/bass and began fusing his own lyrics and style with that of the traditional mbira repertoire. Eric finally went to Zimbabwe for 3.5 months in 2005 to experience the culture, study mbira, and give back to the people. While there he met and played trumpet with Bongo Love and Dudu Manhenga. In 2006, he recorded with Zimbabwean Legend, Thomas Mapfumo, and in 2007 began touring internationally with Mapfumo's band, playing mbira and trumpet.

Eric has been making his living in Portland since 2003 teaching marimba in schools. From that teaching, he formed a youth band called Supadupa Marimba Bros. He has studied with every traditional mbira player that has come through town but has mostly learned from deeply listening to recordings. Eric loves, respects, and plays traditional mbira music and also feels the need to express himself by composing his own songs and singing in his mother tongue.

Name Sessions Enrollment
Intermediate Marimba- Kari Mudande
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate, Advanced
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 10/10 students
Advanced Marimba- Gospel
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Advanced
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 10/10 students
Intermediate Marimba- Mazai
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 10/10 students
Intermediate Marimba- Dande - Miller
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate, Advanced
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 10/10 students
Intermediate Marimba- Kari Mudande Encore
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 2/10 students