About Modern Marimba

Our Story

Modern Marimba is a cultural destination for the performing arts, featuring marimba, vibraphone, and other mallet percussion keyboard music in the colonized area of Southwest Florida – this area was formerly Calusa, Tocobaga, and Seminole territory and was also once inhabited by Black Seminoles and an Angolan community of maroons.

We are driven to create spaces to listen, recognize, and reflect on powerful expressions of ideas through sound – with a primary purpose to amplify and RECLAIM the musical voices of living, formerly living, and collective peoples who have been muted throughout western history through performance and education.

With generous support grounded in equity, we offer a unique range of programs — including concert music, virtual lectures, and outdoor exhibitions featuring internationally acclaimed artists. Our interdisciplinary projects naturally cultivate diversity and inclusion for art in its many forms.

There are fewer and fewer opportunities where people can come together and listen to this music, so we welcome everyone to join us in experiencing the creativity of Modern Marimba.

Commitment to Justice

Modern Marimba seeks to learn, take action, and partner with those who take responsibility and action in creating sustainable and equitable musical ecosystems that dismantle oppression and dismantle white supremacy: socially conscious audiences, music creators, composers, musicians, artisans, arts leaders, musical instrument manufacturers, performing artists, educators, and students/parents; organizations in mutual aid, human rights, social justice, environmental justice, disability justice, LGBTQ2IA+ rights, and especially racial equity; and ethically conscious businesses, supporters and patrons.

We want to normalize justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and that’s why we prioritize our partnerships with people from the following historically marginalized groups: BIPOC (Black Indigenous, and People of Color), LGBTQ2IA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid, femmes and all the many Queer identities that are wonderful), people with Disabilities, and Women.

As a nonprofit organization, MODMA also seeks to participate in the lifelong process of learning by offering education programs in music for young people in Southwest Florida, and we hope to inspire, support, and learn from younger generations of creative, empathetic, and intelligent humans through music.

About the Marimba

The marimba is sounded by striking wooden bars with a mallet. People in almost every culture developed a marimba-like instrument, but one source of the origin of its name is derived from the Bantú languages, a large family of languages spoken in Sub-Sarahan Africa, in which rimba suggests a “a sound of wood” such as a bar, and ma is a cumulative prefix; thus, marimba can be translated as “many sounds of wood”. Other sources translate the marimba to mean “wood that sings”.

Learn about the various histories of the marimba from Virginia Alcarria’s YouTube channel, Virginia’s Marimba Stories (captions available). MODMA hopes to learn more and amplify artistic creations in this world of mallet keyboard music.