Jamie Topper is a Chicago-based musician and educator. She is a percussionist and specializes in Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern rhythmic traditions. She has worked as a Teaching Artist in Chicago schools and community settings for over 10 years, designing arts education and arts integration residencies with all ages through nationally renowned arts organizations such as Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), Columbia College's Center for Community Arts Partnerships and Project AIM (Arts Integration Mentorship), Urban Gateways, After School Matters, Northeastern University's Chicago Teacher's Center, and Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries. Topper was also a Musician-in-Residence at Rush University Children's Hospital through Snow City Arts Foundation, a program which brings arts education to hospitalized children, and has presented internationally on her work. In 2010 she held a MusicianCorps Fellowship and was Leader for the Chicago Team of Music National Service, directing professional development and mentorship for a team of musicians working in community service projects. She currently plays with AfriCaribe and the Chicago Afro-PuertoRican Ensemble, and is an honorary member of the University of Chicago's Middle East Music Ensemble.
This project is a documentary film intended to document and celebrate the bomba community of Chicago. Bomba is a form of Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance with a long and varied history, which has gone through periods of growth and ...