Zach Combs: Zach is the Director of Crocodile River Music & Media, LLC. Zach attended Connecticut College, majoring in Anthropology with a minor in African Studies, and a focus in Elementary Education. It was there that he was first drawn to West African music and culture. After Abdoul Doumbia visited as a guest professor, Zach was inspired to compete for the prestigious and highly competitive Watson Fellowship. The fellowship funds travel and research for a full year outside of the United States to exceptional graduating seniors.
After learning of his award, Zach chose Mali, West Africa to live and study for his year abroad. There, he worked with master drummer Ibrahima Sarr and conducted research on Malian culture in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Since that time, Zach has been working to develop a cultural bridge between United States and West African traditions.
As a skilled drummer, Zach has produced an instructional video on djembe music, Mali Djembekan. He also organizes and performs in educational presentations, drum workshops, dance classes, and theater performances featuring musicians and dancers from the United States as well as Mali and other West African countries. Crocodile River Music & Media, LLC, manages musicians, books world-music productions, and develops educational programs and corporate-leadership events.
Dianne Mather: Dianne had been in the corporate world for more 20 years and wanted a move into a career that was more fulfilling and closer to her interests. With Crocodile River Music, she is able to be involved with one of her favorite passions: music.
Dianne’s role as Outreach Manager fulfills her desire to form relationships with individuals as well as the community. She’s our point person for all residencies, concerts and appearances. Dianne first connected with Crocodile River Music while we were located in the Gallery of African Art, in her town of Clinton, MA.