Arella grew up in Jerusalem where she developed an ear for middle eastern rhythms. She then moved to the U.S. where she studied under Luis Garay, a classical jazz and afro-latin percussionist. Arella became her high school's first ever female jazz drummer and went on to perform with local Jerusalem artists.
Arella's musical interests extend beyond percussion to include musical arrangements for a-capella and choral pieces. Arella now works closely with the ultra-religious sector in Jerusalem, filling the need for female drumming teachers.
Arella currently attends the drumming performance track at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, affiliated with the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
How and What I Teach
I teach with an emphasis on performance and ear training. Combining patience with a sensitive ear, I train my students to develop a sense not only for tempo but musical feel as a whole.
My primary instruments include the drumset, cajon, darbuka, djembe, and bongos.
Rhythm runs through our veins. Let's march to a new beat, together.
Join me for weekly musical volunteer activities. Stay tuned (and on beat).