Our Teachers

Altaf “Bwana” Moto

Private Drum Lessons and Percussion Lessons, Toronto, Altaf Bwana MotoAltaf was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and began his music career in the vibrant mid-seventies music scene in Nairobi. He has lived and worked in Germany, U.S.A. and Canada since leaving Nairobi in the eighties. He is fluent in playing drum set and percussion and tours internationally performing at major concert venues, clubs and festivals as well as recording with various artists ranging from Jazz/Funk, R & B Soul, Worldbeat Fusion to Pop & Rock music. Altaf is a drummer & percussionist of the 21st century; open to music from around the world. His knowledge of rhythms and music of the African Diaspora and World music afford him a unique style. His teaching concept focuses on both the roots of a rhythm and its practical application to popular music. He has also developed a hand drum method and repertoire of Rhythms of the African Diaspora for “One-Drum”. This method connects all students from the beginner to the professional with their passion for hand drumming. In December 2005 he released an educational Cd/Book “African Grooves for Drumset” featuring some of his favourite African rhythms adapted for the drum set.

Altaf has also developed The Africa Continental Program.

This program helps you understand the Afro in everything Afro (Afro Cuban, Afro Brazilian... ), by teaching the root rhythms of the African continent.
The Africa Continental Program goes through the fundamental rhythms and music of  N. E. W. S. and Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
This program can be helpful to all musicians interested in expanding their vocabulary in the music and rhythms of Africa and the diaspora.
These rhythms, when used creatively, can be applied to many styles of music.

Altaf teaches drum set, congas, djembe, darbouka, talking drum, timbales, shekere, cajon, tambourines and other percussion. He also conducts drum circles in the spirit of sharing music and rhythms of the African Diaspora.

Visit Altaf's Website - http://www.vellanionline.com/altaf.html


Richard Greenspoon

Private Drum Lessons and Percussion Lessons, Toronto North York, Richard GreenspoonBorn and raised in Toronto, Rich has been a mainstay in the Toronto music scene for many years. Rich has been with Soul Drums since the beginning, and brings over 25 years of teaching experience to the table. As a professional, Rich has studied with the venerable Jim Blackley, and has performed and recorded with numerous artists in many different genres, including: Rare Air, Oliver Schroer, Njacko Backo, Suzie Vinnick, Katherine Wheatly, Soozi Schlanger, Jack Dekyser, The Betty’s and the Bob’s,  David Woodhead,  David Celia, Waleed Abdulhamid, Anne Lindsay, Carlos del-Junco, Jaron Freeman Fox, Teresa Doyle, Wayna, and many more. As a session drummer, Rich has more than 75 credits to his name, as well as more than 30 credits as a producer/engineer.

Max Trefler

Private Drum Lessons Toronto North York, Max TreflerMax began drumming at an early age after his parents bought a drum set from a customer at their record shop. After teaching himself to set up the drums, Max began a serious and creative study of the drum set, learning from Don Pham, Paul Delong and attending Humber College for drum performance. After playing in multiple bands during high school and studying at Humber College, Max joined the band Whosarmy. Whosarmy went on to compete and win on CBC’s “Cover Me Canada”. After the show, Whosarmy recorded a record with producer Gavin Brown and toured Canada. At the same time, Max joined the band The Mohrs fronted by Jackie Mohr and guitarist Marc Girardin. The Mohrs debut record, produced by Hawksley Workman, will be released in spring 2014. The band recently signed with Vancouver based record label 604 Records and The Agency Group. Max also plays with Fibralou, Midday Swim, Stan Simon & The Hotel Bible and various other studio and live projects. Max is also an educator and teaches private drum lessons in the Toronto area.