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George Medlock

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George Medlock began his musical career in New England and currently resides & holds classes in southern California. A professional drum maker, musician and artist for over 20 years, with degrees in Photography, Art History, and research education in History, Middle Eastern and African music studies, Mr. Medlock’s performances, workshops, research and travel have taken him to five continents around the world.

Mr. Medlock currently teaches for Watermark University, the City of Laguna Hills Cultural Arts Program, and the City Recreation Departments of Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Irvine, Dana Point, and Tustin. He directs two student drumming performance groups featuring West African and Middle Eastern percussion.

Mr. Medlock has appeared as the featured bell musician in the major motion picture film Dirty and MTV’s Poorman’s Show, IGTV’s House Hunters International and has performed with notable musicians across the U.S. including: Turkish baglama saz and oud player Turgay Ertuk, Arabic keyboardist Aboudi Badawi, Lebanese oud player Mounir Bayash, African dance instructors Myra Jones Romaine of Dance New England, Julie Calderin, and Deanna Moor, and the Encinitas YMCA Program. He has also worked with New Age flautist Lee Gongwer, Lebanese percussionist Walid Assaf, American pianist Pam Wickes, as well as recorded with Marc Solomon.

As percussionist, Mr. Medlock has worked with various organizations and individuals including Middle Eastern dance instructors Nourhan Sharif, Angelika Nemeth of Orange Coast and Golden West Colleges, as well as with Raquia Hassan of Cairo and other Middle Eastern, West African, and yoga instructors across the U.S., Europe & Egypt. He has worked closely with Middle Eastern dance instructor Tina Enheduanna for the past 15 years in class, performance, and recordings. Mr. Medlock is the music director for dance and music concerts throughout Orange County, including an annual benefit dance and drum concert held for Women for Women International. He has also worked extensively with Martha’s Vineyard Middle Eastern/Belly Dance, Modern Dance, African Dance, NAACP Gospel Choir, as a drum circle facilitator and corporate team building facilitator. Mr. Medlock received an Award of Excellence from the Orange County Turkish American Association for his performances at Irvine Global Village and his dedication to preserving a traditional art.

As a drum manufacturer, Mr. Medlock has hand made ashikos, dununs, djembes, frame drums, Egyptian tabls and Turkish davuls. He worked for many years as manager and head djembe technician for a leading drum company, facilitated drum circles and both sponsored workshops and taught workshops in drum making and drum playing.

Mr. Medlock has studied with Walid Assaf, Tayyar Akdeni, Mamady Keita, Dibo Camara, Monette Marino and Ali Thomas of Tam Tam Mandingue, Khamis Henkesh in Cairo Egypt, Imani, Spider, Magnus McBride, Jimi and Morwenna Twofeathers, Ubaka Hill, Abdoul Doumbia, Mary Ellen Donald, Armundo Mafufo, John Biljizikian and Mimi Spencer. He has been a band member in Die Kunst Der Drums, Wassomba!, and the Deadmen. In addition to his formal music training, he is self-taught on Oud, Saz, Rebaba, and Zurna. In November 2007 he released his CD, Sweet Fruits for Heavenly Hips, designed for instructors of Middle Eastern Dance. In 2012 he released the instructional CD Ancient Secret Medieval Mystery Rhythms for Advanced Percussionists.