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Tira Skamby
Curriculum Vitae

Tira Skamby
Born Denmark, 16 may 1972.

Performing Career:
1982-89:
While still at scool in Roskilde, Denmark, Tira is already busy in various bands and ensembles as percussionist and conga player.

1990:
Takes part in daily paper Berlingske Tidende`s prestigious talent contest where she wins the prize as "upcoming talent" in the non-classical category. Amongst the jugeds is Danish bass legend Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen.

1990-95:
Tours in Denmark and Norway with Ace of Base, Gone Fishin', Bo Stief's Orchestra, Bobo and the Bobos, Toybox, King Kane, Tyfoon and many others.

1995:
In the house band in the acclaimed Danish staging of the musical Atlantis at Østre gasværk in Copenhagen.

1995-97:
Tours Europa with and writes for the French circus Cirque ici.

1998:
Tours with Nikolaj Bentzon Brotherhood.

1999:
Tours with Hans Ulrik Jazz og Mambo, Salsa Loca, continnental heat and with various DJ`s.

2000-05:
Tours China, Thailand, Sweden, Norway, England, Italy, the Faro Islands, Greenland, Canada and Denmark with Hans Ulrik og Angelita Lee, Aida Nadeem, Gioia, ETA, Salsa Loca, Stine Michel, Nikolaj Bentzon Brotherhood, Slow Train, Varano, Jienat and Alex Mendez y su trova cubana.


Discography:
Music Spoken Here: Looking out for Angels ( Stunt Records,1992 )
Gone Fishin': Gone Fishin' ( Sundance, 1994 )
Atlantis: Atlantis ( Sony, 1995 )
Kashmir: Travelouge ( Sony, 1997 )
Mr. Le Baron: d'ici la... ( Pan Music, 1997 )
Konkylie: Konkylie ( Vera, 1997 )
Bruel og Robinson: Tyfoon ( Music Partner, 1998 )
Cubata: Cubata ( 1999 )
Hans Ulrik og Angelita Lee: Caminhos Cruzados ( Sundance, 2001 )
Tobias Trier: Sandheden om Britina Castollo ( Pladeselskabet, 2001 )
Nikolaj Bentzon Brotherhood: Wired Up ( Coop Records, 2002 )
Out Of Phase: The Future Sound Of Cairo ( Hypnotic, 2002 )
Salsa Loca: Amor con Amor ( 2003 )
Stine Michel: Til de Elskende ( Coop Records, 2003 )
Nikolaj Bentzon Brotherhood: Godzilla des Groove ( DR, 2003 )
Stine Michel: Lad Skyggerne Danse ( Bonnier, 2004 )
Aida Nadeem: Out of Baghdad ( Uruk Records, 2005 )
Out Of Phase: The way of the Camel ( Camel Toe Music, 2005 )
Varano: Live ( Vega, 2005 )
Helge Damsbo: Langsomme Dage ( RecArt, 2005 )
Gioia: Gioia ( 2005 )


Study trips and education:
1983-88:
Takes conga and percussion lessons with internationally acclaimed Danish percussionists, Jacob Andersen and Birger "Krølle" Sulsbruck.

1988-89:
Attands Brandbjerg Jazz Summer school.

1989:
Study trip to Havana, Cuba. Receives tuition in Afro-Cuban music at the Folklorico de Cuba.

1993:
Attends percussion seminar in Germany with Alex Acuna, Luis Conte and Bill Summers.

1994:
Conga cource in the Netherlands with Martin Verdonk.

1995:
Two months intensive tuition in Cuban music at the National Arts School in Havana.

1997:
Six weeks private tuition in Havana in Afro-Cuban music.

1998:
Recieves a further five months tuition in Havana at Cidmuc, the National Centre for Musial Research, and privately in Afro-Cuban music and traditions.

1999:
Four months study trip to Accra, Ghana to visit the Drum and Dance troupe Selamta.
Takes lessons in Ghanaian drumming and the dance and vocal tradition.

2000:
Six weeks tuition in Latin percussion in New York.

2002:
Study trip to Brazil (Rio). Attends masterclasses in Pandeiro, Candomble, Tambor de Criola and Forro.

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