Claire Jones

Claire Jones

Claire Jones has been involved with Zimbabwean music since 1976 when she first fell in love with marimbas and started studying with the late Dumisani Maraire. She performed for several years with Dumi and the Maraire Marimba Ensemble both in the U.S. and in Zimbabwe, and was a founding member of the marimba groups Kutamba and Musango in Seattle. While living in Zimbabwe from 1985 to 1990, Claire played mbira with Mhuri Yekwa Muchena and authored the book Making Music: Musical Instruments in Zimbabwe Past and Present.

She is honored to count Mondrek Muchena and Zhanje Mujuru as her main mbira teachers. Claire has also learned from, among others, members of Mhuri Yekwa Muchena, Ephat Mujuru, Musekiwa Chingodza, Stella Chiweshe, and Sydney Maratu.

In 2006, Claire completed her doctoral degree with a dissertation on the modern Zimbabwean marimba. She is currently teaching and playing mbira and marimba in Seattle; her group Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble has been together since 1991.


Name Sessions Enrollment
Presentation - A Social and Acoustic History of the Kwanongoma Marimba in Zimbabwe
Presentations, Music Educator: Teens, Adults; Any skill level
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 8 students
[no limit]
TLC for your Mbira - Tuning and Maintenance
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Any skill level
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 11/12 students
Intensive: Intermediate Marimba (Intensive) - Pipoca - The Popcorn song
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM), Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 4/9 students