MIKE "THE BARON"
Mike began his love for music at a young age thanks in
part to his Grandmother. Despite never taking formal
lessons, except for the four years in band playing brass
instruments, he has been teaching himself to play
instruments most of his life. He considers himself to be a
jack of all trades and master of none. Since joining the
group in 2008 he has found a new enjoyment for world
music and ethnic instruments.
On a special note, he considers all the members of TE to
be part of his family.
Zali is an extraordinary culinarian, an avid
hunter-gatherer (emphasis on the hunter), a mad
scientist, and a dedicated drummer rolled into
one. By day he is a research & development
culinary scientist who creates food that is
distributed around the world, by night he sounds
the war drums as part of Tribal Element.
Zali has possessed a doumbek for many years
but only in the past few has it turned from a
house ornament to its true form as a musical
Rae Justrae or as some others call him – Kevin Perkins, is a diverse individual with
many interests. Outside of drumming he works with computers and investigates anything
that attracts his attention – from Renaissance Faires to woodworking, from history to
languages. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading and Rat Pucking.
He has always enjoyed music and the arts. Rae’s first career centered on music but after
he figured out that the lifestyle was dangerous for one who wanted to live past 30, he
found his calling in computer programming. Currently, he stays on top of the music
scene via concerts, websites and Pandora.com. One night sitting around a campfire,
Rae was reintroduced to drumming. He hasn’t been able to put it down since. Joining
Element has increased his ability and brought wonderful new people and experiences
into his life. Through his love of working in wood and music, he is constantly looking for
instruments he can create and play.
Rae continues his computer programming but has balanced it with his love for the art of
woodcraft and music. Look for him at www.anarquewood.etsy.com or at a local
Agustin was born and raised in Mexico where he went to school to study marine
biology. Against his father's will, he ended up switching to music. After studying
percussion for a year, when he was 18, he formed a band and since then he has
been drumming for fun with several bands including his church band. In 2000 he
married a Texas native and moved to the states. Here in Texas he somehow got
involved in the medical field and specialized in senior care. Currently he
successfully runs his own Assisted Living facilitiy, this is where he met Mike. Mike
introduced him to hand drums, Djembe and Doumbek. As a drummer he never
thought that a single drum would be so challenging but at the same time so
versatile and fun. He fell in love with the foreign sounds and eventually got the
honor of joining the group of drummers of Tribal Element.
Agustin loves to learn about other cultures in many different ways, including:
historic places, landmarks and food, but music and dance are his favorites.
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Tulkas "Count Drumula"
Tulkas is a being of many passions: some beneficial,
such as exercise, and others not so beneficial, such as
savoring the many ales offered in this realm. But all share
a special place in his heart. With a few years of
experience utilizing his Pearl drum set, Tulkas quickly
adapted to the Djumbek (I find djambek, doumbek, or
dumbek, but I can't find a Djumbek - your mileage may
vary), a strange and exotic instrument with a fascinating
sound. His wife, Xandria, introduced him to Tribal
Evolution, and Tulkas quickly fell in love with the passion
and dedication exhibited by the members of the tribe.
When asked to join, he immediately said yes. With each
passing day, what was a hobby became a dedication to
becoming a better musician. Beyond learning the many
beautiful melodies offered from a beautiful culture, Tulkas
has also vowed to learn its history and incorporate it in a
meaningful manner when performing. A quiet and
reserved man, he spends most of his time exploring the
realm of science and the virtual world of gaming.
Ron Perovich is an American composer,
multi-instrumentalist and independent recording artist
currently living near Dallas, Texas. His musical style is
often a fusion of traditional instrumental sounds from
the middle east, Europe and India along with
occasional western pop, rock and electronica. In 2007
he began creating music for the American belly dance
community and much of his recent recordings have
reflected this concentration.
Although he frequently guests with Element and other
performers for live performances or as a session artist
he does not actively tour in support of his own albums
due to all instruments usually being played by himself
on the recordings.