Kimberly Diaz Resume

      D. Kimberly Diaz
Percussionist/Composer
Cell.: (818) 915 0580
Email: thundergoddessk@earthlink.net

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION
California State University, Los Angeles 2005 Master of Music Commercial Music
Thesis Title: A Blues Recital: Stylistic, Performance and Arranging Practices for Drums.
Second major: Afro-Latin Music. Completed all coursework; thesis in progress.

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 1994 Bachelor of Music Instrumental Performance,
Percussion, with honors in Orchestral Performance.

Aspen Music Festival and School, 1992 Orchestral timpani studies with Jonathan Haas.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING AND PRIVATE TEACHERS

Marimba/Mallet Keyboard studies with:
- Ney Rosauro
- Scott Deal
Timpani and Orchestral Percussion studies with:
- Fred Wickstrom
- Jonathan Haas
- Roger Faulmann
Jazz and Afro-Latin Drumset and Percussion with:
- Steve Bagby - Robert Fernandez
- Raul Pineda - Doug Floyd
- Jimmy Branly
Jazz Arranging and Composition with:
- James Newton
Afro-Latin Arranging and Composition with:
- Danilo Lozano
- Paul De Castro

EXPERIENCE

Lecture/Performances:
Percussion Ensemble Coaching Techniques, Guest Artist: Percussion Pedagogy Class, CSU,
Los Angeles, March, 2006.
Sacred Rhythms of Afro-Cuba: Guest Speaker, Unitarian Universalist Church Youth Conference,
Studio City, CA, Feb., 2006.
Batá Rhythms: Sacred Music of Afro-Cuba: Guest Artist: Unitarian Universalist Church of
Studio City, service, Feb., 2006.
Rhythm Workshop: Theory/Musicianship class, Whittier College, April, 2005.

Teaching:
Drumset/Percussion Instructor, Alta Loma Music, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, July 2006 - present.
Drumset/Percussion Instructor, Downey Music Center, Downey, CA Jan. 2005 - present.
Percussion Instructor, Camp Ruach, Los Angeles, CA, Summer 2002
Guest Artist: Covenant House California: Hand-drumming workshops for youths, 2001-2002.
Private lessons for adults and children. Percussion workshops for elementary school children.
Rehearsed/coached orchestral percussion sections and jazz combos at high school and middle
school levels, 1991-present.

Studio Work:
- Pete Munday: Driving with no Mirrors
- Everblu
- The Hangan Brothers: Mars Market
- Francesca and the Flames
- Aitor Goyarrola: Compositions

Performance:
As drummer/percussionist, collaborations with: Lesa Terry and Women's Jazz Orchestra of Los
Angeles, John Bergamo, Pete Munday, Nedra Wheeler, Juan Vega, Flor de Serena (World Festival
of Sacred Music, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2002), Elenni Maureas and Elise Wood, West
Coast Singers, Sean Wiggins, Francesca Valle, Nova Community Singers, Miami Chamber
Symphony, Panatics Steel Drum Band, 1989 - present.

Guest artist, CSU Long Beach Theatre Arts Dept. (with Holly Harbinger), 1991-2002.

Tours with Raul DiBlasio Band, 1995-1996.

Live Theatre: Productions by L.Zane, Paul Backer, David Hillary, Donlavy Dance Company,
Toluca Lake Players, Conejo Valley Community Theatre, Miami-Dade Community College.

COMPOSITIONS AND ARRANGEMENTS:
“Desaparezco” for string orchestra and flute with Afro-Latin rhythm section, 2006. Premiered
by the Raphael Price Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles, CA. Also performed by the Nedra
Wheeler Ensemble, Santa Monica College, 2006.
“Milonga Fiera” for string orchestra with rhythm section, 2006. Orchestral version premiered
by Lesa Terry and The Women's Jazz Orchestra of Los Angeles, Playboy Jazz Festival,
Hollywood Bowl, 2006. Also performed by Henry Mancini Institute Jazz String Program, 2006.
“Little Frida's Tango,” 1998, for violin, bass and piano, performed by Nedra Wheeler
Ensemble; Lesa Terry Quartet.
“Samantha,” 2007, for jazz combo, performed by Lesa Terry Quartet.
“Habanera Elemental” for violin, cello, flute and trumpet with Afro-Latin rhythm section,
2005.
“Rumba Concierto, bass cadenza” for bass and conga drums, 2006. Performed by Nedra
Wheeler, Kim Diaz.
“Rockrose Samba” for jazz combo, performed by Lesa Terry Quartet, 2006.
Arrangements:
“Three Spirituals: I Remember I Believe, This Little Light of Mine, Balm in Gilead” for
harp, violin and cello, 2007.
“Cardo o Ceniza” for strings, percussion, and voice, 2006.
“DanzĂłn Legrand” for strings, flute and Afro-Latin rhythm section. Performed by Lesa Terry
Ensemble with guest artist Danilo Lozano, 2004.

AWARDS
Special Recognition in Graduate Studies, California State University, 2004 -2007.
Dan Howell Scholarship in Commercial Music, California State University, 2003-2004.
Honors in Orchestral Performance, University of Miami, 1994.
Steven Abramson Memorial Scholarship, Aspen Music Festival, 1992.
Edythe R. Weldon Music Scholarship, University of Miami, 1992-1994.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
ASCAP
Percussive Arts Society
AFM Local 47
College Music Society

Updated:  July 17, 2008

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