Rick Kramer lived in Brazil and speaks fluent Portuguese. He studied at the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba, as well as with master percussionists Jorge Alabe, Giavanni Hidalgo, Jesus Madeira, and others. He is Remo Drum Corporation Health Rhythms Certified. He spent 25 years as the musical director of Joia: The World Percussion Ensemble, which served as ambassadors to St. Louis at Lambert Field for 15 years. He has 10 published world percussion arrangements and is a Founding Strike Institute faculty member. He has 15 years experience presenting at national music conferences, 18 years working with Karolvsky Dance Company, 10 years as dance accompanists at Washington University, and 20 years designing and marketing Joia Tubes for elementary music education. He has three recordings: “The Sambistas,” “Joia,” and “Joia Ninth and Geyer.”
Led by Rick Kramer, Joia is not only a band, but a musical community based on the concept of making the experience of percussion performance accessible to anyone with the combination of desire and commitment. Different and evolving configurations of personnel perform a core repertoire of music steeped in the traditions of Brazil, Africa, Cuba, Japan and other world music forms.
Rick Kramer/Joia’s Programs
Passport to the World
Team Building Through World Percussion