John Churchville ’01

John Churchville ’01 reports, “I’ve been performing regularly with Sumkali, the Indian fusion group I founded in 2007. Recently we presented on the Indian influence on the Beatles’s music at the Association for Popular Music Education’s National Conference in NYC, and have also performed in numerous festivals in the Midwest. I have hosted and continue to host more than 130 monthly Indian Music Night jam sessions at Crazy Wisdom Tearoom in Downtown Ann Arbor, MI. I recorded tabla on a track for the new Billy Strings album Home, and I’ve been performing all over the US as part of a ‘blues-tabla’ duet with harmonica legend Peter Madcat Ruth. I recently became an official presenter for the Bureau of Education and Research. My professional development seminar titled Accelerating Success in your Elementary Music Classroom will be presented to music educators all over the US in the coming year.”