Malicounda’s mission is to strengthen communication, personal integrity, team spirit, and collaboration in the world through our interactive drum circle workshop tailored for all types of audiences.
The Malicounda goal is to make people appreciate the richness of cultural diversity and to also feel good about who they are in this world.
Louise Raymond’s personalized approach and the unique, vibrant, and engaging options of Malicounda stand out in their originality.
Malicounda’s founder, Louise Raymond, was fortunate to be able to study with master West African dancers and drummers not only in Senegal but also with ex-patriot teachers in Canada and the United States. Louise is extremely grateful and appreciative that she has been able to experience the beauty of dance and the power of rhythm through these generous artists. These studies have greatly expanded Louise’s world view and life vision. For 30 years, with all her love, Louise has shared her passion and respect for this vital culture, touching the lives of thousands of people– children, youth, adults, and elders- through rhythm.
The Company was awarded several grants from Arts Start in Vancouver, Foundation for the Arts in Alberta and Culture in Schools in Québec. She is an inspiring presenter and a motivating facilitator. Malicounda’s workshops can be conducted in English, French and Spanish.
Meet the Team
Meet our expert musicians in team building drumming workshops, ready to do what ever it takes to make your business grow.
CHRIS ISAAC LARNDER
Chris Isaac Larnder first absorbed the many rhythmic cultures of worldbeat music from the early days of the legendary Parc Jeanne- Mance drumming circles of 30 years ago, and from countless forest gatherings of the Quebec Rainbow family. He initially studied classical piano through the Royal Conservatory examination system, and still accompanies solo violin and string ensembles in concert repertoire ranging from Bach to Rachmaninov. He has also sung in choirs in Montreal and in Berlin. His keyboard work expanded early on to jazz and funk improvisation, and he now has accumulated extensive experience in latin and afro-cuban music, having played in a latin jazz band and even an afro-peruvian ensemble, working with musicians from Peru, Columbia, Mexico and Cuba. He has performed with Malicounda for the past 2 years. He is also instrumental in our Team Building Drumming Workshops.
Frédéric Thériault acquired his first djembe from a Senegalese merchant in an african art exhbition in his home town of Québec City. He taught himself rythm as he lugged his heavy drum around in parks, drumming circles, the Montreal Tam Tams, and countless demonstrations. Frederic has always been inspired by the simple, primal and haunting rythms that take possession of one’s body and make them dance. For him, any object can become a percussion instrument. Frederic also plays guitar, harmonica and sings, more often than not as a solo act.
Derrick Adams starting playing and making African style rhythms and drums in Santa Cruz, California in 1995. He has studied drum and dance with many West African master teachers since then. Including two study trips to Senegal. Mali, Guinea, Gambia and Burkina Faso West Africa. He has played in many percussion groups over the years. And is currently the djembe player for In the Sticks drum dance collective. Derrick started making drums with Drumskull Drums in Santa Cruz and has been making them on his own ever since.