bios

 
Heidi

Heidi Wilson
(alto saxophone, baritone marimba) composes music, and is a dancer, tai chi instructor, and healing arts practitioner. Studied music at an early age, born into musical family. Has performed in many musical groups in Tucson- Was a founding member of Eneke-the-Bird, a creative arts duo and arts organization that existed in Tucson for seventeen years. Performed with Mitzi Cowell and the Valiants, had a duo with Mary Redhouse called Moonrise, have participated musically in many performance art events, including leading the All Soul's Procession three years in a row.

Played sax on Brazilian recording artist, Rosangela Silvestre's cd, Voices of Nature. Have played sax on local musician's CDs, including Mitzi Cowell, Ron Pandy.

Has been a member of Baba Marimba since it's inception two years ago. She is most passionate about this group because of the level of creative freedom of expression that she experiences and collaboration that exists in this group of talented individuals.

 
Mike Ankomeus

Mike Ankomeus
(trumpet, ney, baritone and alto marimbas) holds a BA degree in instrumental music from ASU and an MA in education from NAU. He is an experienced musician and educator dedicated to public service and community development. Mike has a passion for live performing arts and conducts workshops on the singing of mantras and on playing sacred instruments. He is a strong advocate of permaculture and works part time doing consulting and gardening work. Currently plays trumpet with K-Bass, an Afro-Pop, reggae band that has plans to tour the country and beyond.

 
Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway
(guitar, kalimbas, marimba) is a master kalimba player and talented multi-instrumentalist. In 2005 he retired from radio astronomy and founded Kalimba Magic, which imports high quality kalimbas and sells them along with kalimba instructional materials: Mark has written or co-written 20 kalimba books (each different type of kalimba needs its own book, and some kalimbas have as many as six books for them) and over 20 kalimba instructional downloads. The Kalimba Magic website has become the premier web destination for kalimba information, and the KalimbaMagic YouTube channel just passed 2 million views.

Mark performs many types of music on the kalimba: in addition to traditional African Shona music, he also plays western folk music, modern popular African music, western classical music, pop and rock, and his favorite, Christmas carols! Mark also performs on guitar, mandolin and mandola, recorder, and bass. Mark has performed at the Tucson Folk Festival every year since 1997, at dozens of retirement communities and elder care facilities, preschools, in the Pima library system, at Tohono Chul park, at the Tucson Zoo, the University of Arizona, the Tucson peace Fair, and at numerous other venues around Tucson.

"One of the things I love about Baba Marimba is that I get to relive my first musical coming of age experience. I was playing trombone in school, and my two best friends played trumpet and saxophone, and I learned to improvise with those cats - we all three learned together. Now I experience the same thrill of discovery every time I play with Mike and Heidi."

 
Robert "Swami" Peizer

Robert "Swami" Peizer
(percussion, baritone and alto marimbas, kalimba): I loved and played music since childhood, but it began taking over a huge part of my life in 1990, when I was serendipitously introduced to African drumming by my Middle Eastern drum teacher, Mary Ellen Donald. Living in the Bay Area, I was incredibly fortunate to have drum teachers and dance instructors from the national ballets of Guinea, the Congo and Trinidad. For 20 years, these teachers (Mamady Keita, Famadou Konate, Mabiba Baegne, Malonga Casquelord, Ferdinand Batantu, Massengo, Hugh Humphries and Wilfred Mark) gave me both close friendship and an intimate access to their music and culture that is unique and precious. I love adding their rhythms and instruments to world beat, jazz, hip-hop, folk and whatever music is in the moment.

 
Michael Holloway

 Michael Holloway
(drum kit) was born in Michigan, and grew up in Detroit and Chicago. He studied piano and drums from the age of 14. He cut his teeth on small gospel groups, blues and R&B during the Motown / Philadelphia International / Stax Records era. His main influences are his father and his older brother. His father, the late Red Holloway, played tenor sax, and his brother, the late Jimmy Holloway, played guitar, bass, piano, and organ. The late drummer Joe Dukes is one of Michael's main percussive influences. Michael came to Tucson in 1984, left in 1990 to work in a Reggae band for five years in Kentucky, and he returned to Tucson in 1995 after the passing of his elder brother. Michael has recently worked with local groups Reggae Blue and Spirit Familia prior to joining Baba Marimba.

 
T. Greg Squires

T. Greg Squires
(marimba, bass, guitar, percussion) is a self-taught musician/composer who landed in Tucson to study Theatre at UA in 1987. He is the only member of his family who is musically talented, though his parents had a significant influence by playing LPs on their HiFi stereo. He grew up listening to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Three Dog Night, and at the age of 10 could “air” conduct Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Born and raised in the Deep South, he started playing drums and percussion in concert band at the age of 11. In 8th grade, he received a drum set for Christmas and started jamming with other wannabe rock stars. At 14 (after transplanting to Durango, CO), he picked up guitar (a Greco he still owns) by watching the other guys play. From the beginning, he was most interested in writing, arranging and producing.

In college, he played guitar for the jazz ensemble where he arranged and composed several songs, and shared the stage with “Blue” Lou Marini (among others). He also became involved with theatre where he began composing and designing sound for theatre and dance. He has built a recording studio and produced several CDs – namely, Jay Carlis “Under the Cover of Dusk” and Cantrell Maryott “Moving, not Leaving”. Heavily influenced by all styles of music, he ascribes to his South African friend’s opinion when asked, “What kind of music do you like?” He responded, “If it’s good, then I like it.” Baba Marimba is good music.

In his free time when he is not paying the bills as the Resident Lighting Designer for Arizona Theatre Company, he works with adolescent males and men to create a safer world by helping them stand in their power through authenticity, accountability and cooperation. Specifically, he works with the ManKind Project and helped to create the Desert Men’s Council which is loosely affiliated with Boys to Men.

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