2 Events coming up: MN Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion & MPA Day of Percussion!

I’ll be presenting my clinic “Improvisation and the Marimba” and performing with Matra at 2 upcoming Minnesota events:

  • Saturday Dec 9th 9AM-8PM at Lakeville South High School: MN Percussion Arts Society Day of Percussion: “Improvisation and Marimba” Clinic and performance with Matra
  • Saturday January 6th 9AM-4PM at Rosemount High School: “Improvisation and Marimba” Clinic and performance with Matra

MARIMBA NOVA – In concert

Thursday October 5th 8:00-10:30pm Black Dog Café, St Paul
Saturday October 14th 6-8:00pm Samba Taste of Brazil, Hopkins
Saturday October 21st 7:30-9:30pm The Hot Spot, Northfield
Thursday November 2nd 7:30-9:00pm, MacPhail Center for Music Antonello Hall, Minneapolis


Marimba Nova is a trio made up of Jenny Klukken on marimba, Robert Everest on vocals and guitar, and Andrew Turpening on drums. With its unique instrumentation, this ensemble extends the boundaries of Brazilian music by embracing new sounds from the marimba. In fact, “Marimba Nova” translates in Portuguese to “New Marimba”.

Jenny Klukken plays marimba with virtuosity and creativity that gives her a truly unique voice as an artist. She specializes in merging her classical marimba background with world, jazz, and folk styles of music.  Robert Everest is a locally acclaimed and globally appreciated guitarist and singer/songwriter who draws inspiration from genres all over the world. Everest has studied and performed in several countries including Brazil, Spain, Italy, Ecuador, France, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, and Ghana and Togo, West Africa. His degree work in linguistics and over 30 years of experience with foreign languages allow him to faithfully interpret a vast and multilingual international repertoire. He has recorded 5 CDs as a solo performer and with different ensembles, two of them dedicated solely to Brazilian music.

The coupling of marimba and guitar is interlaced with Andrew Turpening on the drums and percussion. Andrew specializes in the music of Cuba and Brazil; he studied music at Havana, Cuba’s acclaimed National School of Art and has performed with world renowned salsa artists from Cuba and Puerto Rico. Andrew is also a skilled producer and composer and a recipient of over a dozen grants, fellowships, and residencies for his compositions. Along with several Latin groups, Andrew is the drummer of the Robert’s ensemble ‘The Robert Everest Exhibition’.

This performance is made possible by a grant through the MacPhail Center for Music and the McKnight Foundation. Thank you.


Marimba One Endorsement

As of this summer I am now am endorsed artist by Marimba One. These instruments are simply the best and I am proud to be an ambassador of brand.



I am thrilled to share that I am a recipient of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant! This spring 2018 I will be travelling to Paris France to study marimba, specifically improvsation and composition on the marimba, with the great Eric Sammut. He is a pillar of the marimba world and has been an artist I’ve admired for years. I was honored to receive an invitation to study with him about a year ago, and now with the proper funding I am able to make the mentorship and travel a reality. I’ll be staying in Paris for about a month, taking several lessons a week, and spending time writing and practicing to help expand my repertoire and strengthen my voice as an artist. I can not wait!