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Alexander Jenkins

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Due to his in-depth study of the music of different cultures, Alex’s playing transcends musical traditions and boundaries. His expression of rhythm is heavily influenced by his study of Tabla. As a result, Alex has become known for his creative approach to music and being able to fuse rhythmic ideas from various disciplines into one cohesive performance.

His musical journey began at age 12 while attending Sacramento Waldorf School in Sacramento, CA. Alex’s love for music, percussion being his specialty, brought him to Sacramento High School where he joined the VAPAC (Visual and Performing Arts Center) program. Upon graduating in 1993, he went on to study music and percussion at Sacramento City College for two years.

After City College, Alex spent two months in India doing an independent ethnology project. It was during this period that he became interested in Tabla. Subsequently, Alex spent most of his time learning about North Indian Classical music and Tabla technique.

Returning to the U.S., Alex expanded his musical education by spending two years in the Percussion Studies program (studying Tabla) at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) with Dan Kennedy, as well as with the great Tabla Guru, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in San Rafeal, Ca.

Alex continues to perform and record regularly around California and beyond, playing a variety of music (on both Drum set and Tabla) including, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Fusion, Indian Classical and just about everything in between. In 2005, Alex won a SAMMIE (Sacramento Music Award) for his work on the self titled “Daisy Spot” record release. In 2008, he won a second SAMMIE for his work with the ROSS HAMMOND TRIO. In 2011 Alex had the great privilege to travel to the Dominican Republic to perform at the National Performing Arts Center, in Santiago, with Coral Santa Rita.

Currently, Alex teaches percussion at William Land Elementary School, North Davis Elementary and out of his home studio in Sacramento. Alex currently has over 100 drum students. In addition, he performs close to 100 concerts a year and has done workshops and clinics for various schools, including CSUS, American River College, Cosumnes River College, California College of the Arts in Oakland, UC Merced, Wood Creek High School, Orange Open Middle School, Citrus Heights Elementary, Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, The Drum Lab, Davis Waldorf School, Whitney Elementary and various music stores around California.


Drumhead Setup

Snare - Modern Vintage
Toms - Texture Coated on top, Classic Clears on bottom
Bass Drum - Jack DeJohnette on the batter, Texture Coated on the resonant side

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