I am born in April 1955.
My two sons are my family. One of them, Manuel Schmid, found his
professional way in working as a carpenter. My other son, Simon
Schmid, is sucessfully studying neurobiology at the University Vienna.
He is percussionist and jogleur with fire.
Since 2000 I bring them up by myself. Often people call me an allrounder.
My professional career started with the studies in Chemistry at
the HTL Rosensteingasse and led to the science of virus and medical
technology to the product management for heart pacemakers (Medtronic).
1986 I completed my studies in advertising and marketing at the
University WU in Vienna as a certified academic advertising specialist.
Beside this top-heavy work I always loved making handicrafts such
as working with wood and metal or building sculptures and pottery.
Furthermore I accomplished ceramic workshops for children and made
music with drums, flute, clarinet and saxophone.
was a key turning point in my life: during a festival I played my
first self-made Djembe. Without knowledge of these kind of drums
I developed it according to my own ideas and a new type of heart
pacemaker was born.
Additionally I took lessons in druming with qualified Djembe teachers
from Europe and Africa (Gerhard Kero, Ulli Sanou, Drissa Kone).
In 1992 I gave up my prevailing business life and moved to a drum
friendly place. At this individual property called Kleinmühl I carved
and shaped drums from hobby. In the “Parent's Initiative Waldviertel”
I taught my son Manual with 11 other children in mathematics, physics
and handicrafts. The so-called “peregrine school” was managed by
the parents of these children. Out of this educational work the
learning play “Mathematrix” was invented.
My carving art sculptures “Schwartenbildhauerei” made out of saw-mill
shreds were exhibited together with paintings of some other artists
(Mag. Maja Pogacnik, Erika Rihs-Nesweda) in St. Pölten, Liebnitzmühle,
Rapottenstein, Waidhofen/Thaya and other places.
1995/1996 Kleinmühl turned into “little Africa” of the Waldviertel:
Mablo Camara, a drumer from Guinea/Westafrica, spent two summers
here and 1996 the dancer Mahawa Doumbouya joint as well. Seminaries
and workshops were organized in the course of the association “Kubile”
and I had the possibility to get an intensive lesson in rhythms
of the national group of Mandinka and Susu. My own knowledge in
theory and practise of the african rhythms and instruments improved
very much, also through my different trips to Senegal, Gambia and
Out of my trips to Gambia I developed 1998 a business relationship
based on fair trade. Drum*Param was founded as a small business
company. The business world had me back with importing drums directly
from Gambia, running a workshop and offering a comprehensive service
for all kind of drums. This enterprise grows continuously since
Our latest project starting 2006 is the structure of a music instrument
production out of the revolutionary NAWARO-material called -Hempstone