A native of San Francisco, Peter Maund studied percussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and music, folklore and ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley.  A founding member of Ensemble Alcatraz and Alasdair Fraser’s Skyedance, he has performed with early and contemporary music ensembles including Alboka, Anonymous 4, Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, Chanticleer, Davka, El Mundo, The Harp Consort, Hesperion XX, Kitka, Los Cenzontles, Musica Pacifica, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Voices of Music, among others. 

Presenters and venues include Cal Performances, Carnegie Hall, Celtic Connections (Glasgow); Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato), Confederation House (Jerusalem); Edinburgh Festival; Festival Interceltique de Lorient; Festival Pau Casals; Folkfestival Dranouter; Horizante Orient Okzident (Berlin); The Kennedy Center; Lincoln Center; Palacio Congresos (Madrid); Queen Elizabeth Hall (London); and Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg). 

He is the author of “Percussion” in A Performers Guide to Medieval Music, Indiana University Press, 2000.  He has served on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as well as in workshops sponsored by Amherst Early Music, the San Francisco Early Music Society, the American Recorder Society and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.  Described by the Glasgow Herald as “the most considerate and imaginative of percussionists” he can be heard on over 50 recordings

Visit Peter's website at petermaund.com
Last updated on: February 15, 2019
The Faculty

PETER MAUND
PERCUSSION, Walnut Creek, California
The Seattle Recorder Society
Port Townsend Early Music Workshop
Class Comments

Peter has been teaching at PTEMW off and on since 2009. Whether it is leading a drum circle on pizza boxes or teaching the basics of Doums and Teks there is simply no one like him and we are so happy that he can be with us again.

  • Peter is one of the nicest and most encouraging teachers I have ever met. ...He is an incredibly talented individual (I could listen to him play for hours) but I never felt intimidated, rather inspired.”

  • “Peter is … extremely well-organized and runs his classes with great precision and time management -- he has a plan that fits the available class hours, he always knows how much time is available during class and how to use it, etc.  I could hardly ask for a better-run class."

  • "Enthusiastic, encouraging, patient, well-organized, focused.”
Saltarello -  Peter Maund with Voices of Music
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Peter Maund's Classes:

  • I Got Rhythm…
    Open to all
    This class is open to ALL players who want to work on Rhythm! We'll master metric modulations, cross-rhythms, unusual meters and subdivisions. In addition to vocalizing rhythms, participants can use their instrument(s) or try their hand at percussion (no experience necessary). By the end of the week you'll be able to walk, chew gum, and tap three against five all at the same time, guaranteed!

  • Folk and Traditional Music from the Basque Country, Brittany, Galicia, Ireland, and Scotland
    Recorder, winds and viol players intermediate and up; all levels of percussion.
    We’ll play (mostly) instrumental music from places with strong independent streaks. Most of the music is single-line, some pieces are two part; most meters are duple or triple but with odd phrasing; all is percussion-friendly.

  • Songs and Dances of the Mediterranean -
    Melody through Rhythm, Rhythm through Melody (with Nina Stern)
    All levels of recorder, viol and percussion players
    This class will explore the connections between melodies and rhythms in music from the Middle East, the Sephardic repertoire as well as medieval and renaissance Italian music. Participants will learn how you can add percussion to their own solo and consort playing, how rhythm informs melody and melody informs rhythm.