Kalani's musical contributions go way beyond performing: he has produced over 15 instructional videos for a variety of instruments including congas, bongos, djembe, hand percussion and drumset. He has authored books on djembe, congas and bongos (Alfred Music Publishing.) He founded Drumlesson.com, an educational web site for students that has been featured in both the New York Times and on CNN Live. He is the director of Drum Camp, a summer program that offers classes in a variety of drumming traditions (drumcamp.com). Kalani has designed drums as well as educational and recreational music programs for the Kaman Music Corporation (Toca/LP) and is one of Toca's primary percussion clinicians (tocapercussion.com). He has won awards from DRUM! Magazine in many areas including; Rock/Pop Percussion, World Percussion, Percussion Clinician and Drum Circle Facilitation. He is currently named by Drum Magazine's "Drummie's Readers Poll" as Drum Circle Facilitator of the year, Percussion Clinician of the year and has won Runner-Up honors as Worldbeat Percussionist. He is the Chairman of the Percussive Arts Society's Recreational Drumming Committee and Percussion Education Coordinator for Peripole-Bergerault educational Instruments (Peripole Percussion by Toca.)
Kalani travels all over the world to present workshops, programs and drum circles at conferences, music stores, educational institutions and festivals. His university appearances include University of Southern California, California State University-Northridge , University of Missouri-Kansas City, Central Missouri State University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Akron, University of Kentucky and Louisiana State University, and was a featured clinician at the Taipei Percussion Institute, The International Percussion Festival (Belgium), The World Rhythm Festival (Seattle) and several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Northridge and Orff-Schulwerk training at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Kalani has taught Elementary School music classes in the LAUSD through the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Partnership in Education program.
Visit Kalani at http://www.kalanimusic.com