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Workshop: World Music - African Rhythms

March 7, 14, 21 & 28 | April 4, 18, 25 | May 9, 16, 23, 30 | June 6
6:30pm – 9:30pm
CultureHub LA
1933 S Broadway Suite 1128 Los Angeles, CA 90007

This World Music class will focus on African Rhythms and practices with the specific aim of applying immediately to one’s own music. Participants will experience the essence of World Music by acquiring knowledge and transforming it into new directions to create something completely new. 

* This class is primarily for students at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, Korea but is also open to the general public in Los Angeles. If you are interested in attending please email us at:

About the Teaching Artists: 
Andrew Grueschow, is a Los Angeles based percussionist with an interest in music all over the world. He has traveled to Ghana, West Africa several times, studying the music of the Ewe and the Dagombas, as well as recording traditional drumming for Zadonu Records. In addition to his work with Hands On'Semble, Andrew is also a long-time member of the Zadonu African Music and Dance Company (led by Kobla Ladzekpo), performing traditional music and dance from Ghana and Togo. Andrew has also performed with Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra, Lian Ensemble, UCLA African Music and Dance Ensemble, and Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble, and can be heard on several movie soundtracks including Ali (with Zadonu), and Prince of Persia and Cowboys and Aliens (with Hands On’Semble). Andrew is a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts, where he teaches African Music and Dance. For the last fifteen years Andrew has been teaching percussion based workshops, often focusing on the music of Ghana and composition/performance of original works, in schools throughout Los Angeles for the Music Center Education Division.

Andy Cheng, is a graduate from California institute of the arts World Percussion and North Indian music and achieved a double Master degree at 2014 and 2016. He has deeply studied classical music during his time as an undergraduate in Taiwan and Holland. He is currently based in Los Angles and focuses on different styles of music performance and records including: Western Classical music, Pop music, North and South Indian music, Brazilian music, Arabic music, Persian music, Latin music and African music. He has his own group “Savicto” near east music ensemble and "TA” world percussion ensemble. He has been leading the workshop in Taiwan every summer since 2012 to 2016. His is the first person to achieve the world percussion performance degree in Asia and bring World Music subject to Taiwan. In 2015, Andy Cheng did over 60 workshops among different cities in Taiwan. In February 2016, Andy Cheng joined the Hands On ’Semble touring in Taiwan. In 2014 and 2015, he was a percussionist for Adam Rudolph's “Go: Organic Orchestra”. Andy Cheng, is a performer, educator, and his knowledge and creativity allows him to create performances that combine different styles of music to create his own contemporary music.

Woody Pak, is an award winning, innovative composer. Woody creates music for film, commercials and pop music as well as theater and concert performances. He draws from an array of influences and tells musical stories while combining different genres, from rock and metal to hip hop and jazz to classical and sounds from around the world. Woody is a graduate of MIT and the Juilliard School. He currently resides in Seoul, Korea where he is a Professor of Applied Music at the Seoul institute of the Arts.