Through school programs, residency projects, summer drum camps, festivals and workshops, Percussionist & Teaching Artist, Daveed Korup has journeyed across America since 1994, sharing his knowledge of the world in the guise of DrumFest!: a hands-on, multi-cultural drumming experience for people of all ages. DrumFest! promotes strong curriculum connections through a rhythm-based, arts-integrated approach to core learning, i.e. reading, writing, math, science, social studies and character development. Activities range from in-school assembly performances and artist residency projects to designing and building percussion playgrounds.
In 2007, Daveed became the Performing Arts Specialist and Resident Teaching Artist at Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore MD, bringing his unique approach in developing multi-disciplinary, arts-integrated programs for emerging readers through elementary grades. These programs include The Percussion Garden, Kamishibai (Japanese paper theater), and the Whack-a-Boom Orchestra.
A true rhythm evangelist and consummate artistic collaborator, Daveed has worked with such eclectic ensembles, as: TURKU : Nomads of the Silk Road, The New World Renaissance Band, Moving Poets Theater of Dance, and Without Borders, a chamber ensemble for the 21st century. In 1996, in collaboration with the Nevada Arts Council, Daveed became a member of SCATTERSHOT: a multidisciplinary, performing arts ensemble that toured throughout the state, exploring a social and artistic vision through interactive performances.
In-concert, Daveed sparks the imagination, with his evocative synthesis of North African and Central Asian folk traditions interwoven with contemporary Western percussion styles. Author of Tao Te Drum: Eastern Drumming for Western Drummers and Drumming by the Numbers, Daveed’s artistic vision fosters the belief that “The world is a giant drum just waiting to be played.”