Austin, United States
MbiraMe plays Afro-glitch and IDM mixed with live traditional Zimbabwean instruments. Over 25 years of experience including years of living in Zimbabwe has taught MbiraMe to trust the flow and the roots of the ancient music as we push forward into the future. He has performed over 800 shows both solo and with his bands and has played some of the largest festivals including ACL, SxSW, and many more.
MbiraMe facilitates Ecstatic Dances, Candlelight Contact Jams, and spiritual gatherings both in his home base of Austin, TX and around the US and the world.
MbiraMe (aka Joel Laviolette) is also the director of Rattletree (http://www.rattletree.com)- a Zimbabwean style marimba band that incorporates giant hand-built instruments, DIY midi triggered synth marimbas, interactive video projection, and choreographed dance.
He also directs the Rattletree School of marimba where he teaches the traditional music (www.learnmarimba.com).