Theo is an experienced group facilitator and teacher: a founding leader of Denver Drum and Dance, math tutor/teacher, and private doumbek lesson instructor. He is also a performer who has appeared playing the doumbek at Cervantes Otherside in Denver and across the front range.
Theo spent years shaping his musicianship, starting with piano at five-years old. After his parents moved the family to Austria when he was six, they would bring young Theo to the symphony, sometimes to see his father conduct.
Back in the US, as a teenager, Theo kept learning new instruments, and spent six years in choruses at the New England Conservatory of Music in in Boston. When Theo stumbled upon a video of Onur, a Turkish doumbek drummer, he passionately resolved to reach for that kind of freedom of expression.
Now for the last four years Theo has been fervently training with the doumbek. Theo has learned from several doumbek masters, and has studied with Raquy in person at her Darbuka camp in upstate New York.
Theo’s patient, people-loving personality makes him a natural teacher, and his belief that music is meaningless unless shared fuels his drive to share his passion and love for this instrument.