Trudy Hipwell is a Calgary-based musician, specializing in West African and Latin drumming, and world-beat percussion. She performs with Calgary’s Latin dance band BandaBrava, and her all-women’s West African drumming group, Rhythm Method. Teaching, dance accompaniment and performing have taken her to many places beyond Calgary to share her passion, and have introduced her to an international community of artists. Seeking musical authenticity, Trudy studies with world-renowned international artists to hone her skills. She has traveled to both Guinea, West Africa, and to Cuba (with many thanks to the AFA!) to deepen her understanding of the music by connecting with the people and culture of those countries. She has also brought the music home, hosting international musicians at successful drumming workshops that she has sponsored and organized. She is delighted to be sharing her passion for drumming for another season at Free House Dance!