workshops & lessons

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Group Lessons: AfuriKo Workshops & Masterclasses

  • Making Music Without Borders – Finding inspiration in tradition and embracing the musical self

As Kenny Werner puts it: in jazz, “INNOVATION IS THE TRADITION” (Effortless Mastery, 2011). But how is it possible to organically integrate elements of a given musical tradition into one’s own composing or playing? In other words, to search for inspiration within a tradition while truly embracing the musical self and letting one’s inner voice blossom? [ read more: view full workshop outline here (PDF) ]

  • Collective Music Making as a Tool for Leadership and Co-Inception

All around the globe, most time-honored musical traditions have developed in a communal way, with all members of a given community engaging in musical activities together in daily life. This kind of music making has, to some extent, been forgotten in our modern society where it often seems to be reserved to an elite of performers and composers. But the benefits of communal music making are great and can be applied to a wide variety of professions and situations, as well as enhance self-confidence and stimulate creativity. [ read more: view full workshop outline here (PDF) ]

In the past, AfuriKo has worked with companies and institutions such as (click here for a full list of past workshops):

Private Lessons: Jazz/World Percussion & Jazz Piano
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Based in Saintines (near Compiègne), Akiko and Jim are both available for one-to-one tuition. No worries if you do not live in Northern France: you can always schedule a lesson from the comfort of your home via Lessonface, a popular platform for live online music lessons based in New York City.

If, however, you are a resident of France and are considering taking private lessons (whether online or in person), feel free to contact us directly at akiko4djembe(at) or funnelljim(at) The following terms & conditions will apply: Jazz/World Percussion Lessons | Jazz Piano Lessons.

Finally, you can also catch us in your town whenever AfuriKo is on the road! We perform extensively across the UK and Europe, regularly in Japan, and have, in recent years, been expanding our geographical reach (Kathmandu, New York, Seoul, Sofia, Reykjavík…). Check our full touring schedule for details.

We look forward to hearing from you!