Born into a family of professional and touring musicians, Heather grew up immersed in Musical & Artistic culture with a strong influence in Funk, Rock &
Jazz styles. She is an experienced performer, comfortable on the stage as a drummer & percussionist - as well as having garnered experience as a soulful lead & back up vocalist. Often creating hybrid set-ups from drumset, djembe, cajon, tabla and a buffet of dynamic hand percussion, Heather is characterized by many in her field as a 'pocket' player' with a flair for world beat rhythms & creative grooves.
An experienced teacher in both the private sector & class environment, Heather has taught
Music and Drums at various Schools, including Tampa's premier Music School, The Patel Conservatory where she also created and directed Percussion Ensemble Performances for her students.
She has played with numerous bands & artists in a wide variety of Musical styles - including World Music, with celebrated Fusion musicians such as Sandip Chatterjee, Baye Kouyate, Ash
King, Shankh Lahiri, 'The Violin Brothers', Abhik Mukherjee, Morikeba Kouyate & more.
Invited by world renowned drummer, musician & composer- Ranjit Barot, Heather was invited to perform for India's television program 'Coke Studio @ MTV' in 2012. In 2017, she was nationally selected to be the drummer for the new band & Reality Television show 'Frequenci', where she recorded Drums & Vocals for the pilot episode in Philadelphia. She has performed for
Ted X Tampa and performed on T.V's Fox 13 for their Morning Show.
Heather has also enjoyed using her musical creativity in uplifting environments such as the
Kirtan musical scene, where she has joined leading Kirtan bands & artists such as Girish, David Newman, Shankh & Friends, Fantuzzi, Wynn Paris, 'Kirtan Rabbi & more.
Heather is also Assistant Director for the Shruti Foundation - a non-profit Organization that brings high quality Indian Classical Music & World Fusion Music Concerts, Festivals and Events to the Tampa Bay Area and the affiliated Shruti School of Music -an Indian Music based school
based in Tampa, Fl.
DRUMMER / PERCUSSIONIST
"I really enjoy teaching. Having years of teaching
experience has seasoned my abilities to finely tune
concepts to each unique
student. I prioritize keeping
learning fun and engaging,
customizing the content,
structure and pace of learn-
ing according to each
student's strengths &
weaknesses, to best help
I am thankful everyday for
what I continue to learn and
I strive to help each student with their specific
goals, to build confidence & advance them in their
Drumming & Yoga go naturally together.
Live Drums in the Yoga Class environment OPTIMIZES the
Yoga Instruction for all participants. Yoga Class is taken to a new level
with the addition of Live Drums.
Each class is customized to the intention & flow of the Teacher. No
Rehearsal is needed as it is created 'in the moment'.
Captivating Rhythms & sounds are created that provide a solid base
support for each pose, enhancing grounding, strength, endurance,
focus, Energy or relaxation - depending on what the teacher is
intending. The traditional playlist is replaced by the Live Drums &
Drums & Rhythm are NATURAL TOOLS that have been used since
ancient times, representing the heartbeat of the Earth and a bridge
between the human & Spirit World. They have been used for many
beneficial purposes, such as connecting with the Divine, dance &
celebration, sacred ceremonies, communication, healing & meditation,
for focus & clarity, stress release and more.
Numerous studies show the many THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS of
using LIVE DRUMS & RHYTHMS to enhance learning & cognitive
functions, as well as a plethora of HEALTH & WELLNESS BENEFITS.
Everything in our Universe is vibrating & moving in cycles, which have
RHYTHM. Using Live Drums, instead of a recording, offers a vastly diff-
erent experience, due to the live vibrations emitted from the drums
& percussive instruments. The earthy 'Booms' and infectious rhythms
penetrate the floor, into the feet of the participants - traveling up through
their bodies' energetic meridian points and sink deep into the sacred
space of the Heart. This is where REAL MAGIC happens - their own
natural Rhythm's begin to SYNCHRONIZE WITH DRUM'S RHYTHMS.
Even the rhythm of the Heart begins a process to SYNC WITH
the RHYTHMIC VIBRATIONS of the Drums.
A study from Pavia University, Italy found that while listening to rhythms
in Music - as they change- so does our heartbeat, syncing with the
rhythmic pulses and tempo.
Using the LIVE VIBRATIONS & CAPTIVATING RHYTHMS can offer
enhanced support for the Yoga Classroom, through help with grounding,
focus, strength, energy building and relaxation.
A rhythmic buffet of various tribal & modern drums mixed with an array
of atmospheric percussive instruments are used to create a customized
Sound Scape for each specific class, based on the Teacher's preferences
and what the main focus of the class is.