Rick Palmer is a founding member of Marimba Muzuva, an exciting
9-piece marimba band from Victoria, B.C. The group has toured
to over 600 schools in communities across B.C. to enthusiastic
audiences. Rick has been performing with the band since their
first performance in March 1993. His interest in African music
has led him to study percussion in Ghana, West Africa, and to
study marimba in Zimbabwe.
Rick completed an exciting month-long artist in residence program
for the Vancouver school district. The project entitled "Integrated
learning through world music" was funded through Art Starts by
the McConnel Family Foundation and has had great reviews from
children, teachers, and the sponsors. A set of marimbas were built
for 6 schools to share and they are getting lots of use! Three
additional sets have been made since!
Rick was hired as a marimba teacher for the Zimbabwean Music Festival,
a yearly cultural event presenting performing artists and teachers from
Zimbabwe and from around the world.
Over the past several years Rick has taught marimba building
and playing workshops to groups from Vancouver, Vancouver Island,
and Hornby Island which has led to the formation of new bands
in these areas.
Prior to performing and teaching music, Rick taught ethnic folk dance
at the University of Victoria for 4 years. He continues to have a passion
for dance and music from around the world.