JUICY GROOVES 101: Unleash the drummer within! Whether you are new to the drum or ready for a rhythmic refresher, this fun, upbeat workshop will break it down and help you build it back up! DRUMMM founder Jeni Swerdlow will show you simple, effective ways to: -Find and play on, off, and all around the[…]
DOUMBEK & MIDDLE EASTERN RHYTHMS WORKSHOP Explore the world of Middle Eastern rhythms on this powerful drum, called tabla in the MidEast. You’ll learn to make this drum speak with low, high and pop sounds, and will learn to play and sequence a variety of popular rhythms used for belly dance and ensemble playing in[…]
Bomba, Puerto Rico’s oldest community music and dance tradition developed as a result of the slave trade to the island. It served to sustain our ancestors and continues to sustain bomberos/as, bomba practitioners, today as our communities in Puerto Rico and the Diaspora contribute to keeping it a living cultural art form. In the tradition[…]
Djembe Vibrations l A beginner djembe class that’s open to all levels. This class will help improve your technique, timing, listening skills, and confidence as you sit with the drum. Djembe Vibrations II This is an all levels djembe class. Come and experience the power of the drum thru traditional West African rhythms. Feel and[…]
I. (Beg. level) Rio Style Samba — Learn the basic instruments of escolas de samba, and how they fit together. Some instruments will be provided, but feel free to bring bells, snare drums, tamborims, surdos and shakers. II. (All levels) Stick Control –Learn the basics or some new tricks. We will spend time applying the[…]
Writing As Ritual: This special, Empowering Women Through Creative Writing, workshop will begin with a series of group exercises designed to help participants feel safe working and sharing their work in a group setting. We will then move into a series of “free writes” which are designed to tap into the divine pool of collective[…]
Name: Ghanaian Traditional Drumming and Dance Beginners class: Women will learn simple ghanaian rhythms as well as simple dance moves along with songs. Intermediate classes: Women will be challenged to do more sophisticated Ghanaian traditional drumming; learn full ensembles with songs and dance. All rhythms will be played on either dgembe, kpanlogo or other traditional[…]
Come learn the exciting music played on the marimba. “If you can move yours hand and listen, you can play the marimba”. This style of marimba music is representative of the music played and performed by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. All levels of experience welcomes Drums and shakers (hosho) will be encorporated. Come join[…]
1. Intro to Cuban-style Salsa and Rueda de Casino 2. Rueda Con Sorpresa – everyone both leads and follows and switches back and forth.
My Basic Skills Classes are designed to support and celebrate beginning drummers. These classes will focus on proper hand technique for tones, slaps and bass notes on congas and djembes. We will practice our technique while learning fundamental 4/4 and 6/8 rhythmic patterns. I am dedicated to creating a joyful, inclusive and non-judgmental circle where[…]
Susu will present a Master Class in Middle Eastern Rhythms and Instruments.
Native Drum has four elements which in total create a circle with a mother drum. 1. The Circle 2. The Heartbeat 3. The Song 4. The Purpose First Workshop The Circle: All that we know about our world exists within a circle. The drum is a healing circle where song is a woman’s natural expression.[…]
This beginning class introduces basic hand techniques, hand patterns, and traditional rhythm composition on the West African djembe drum. Students will learn the “gon go do” drum scale, drum circle etiquette, drum selection criteria, and basic tuning method and maintenance. This class will help students gain chops and build confidence to play their djembes in[…]
Jackie acted as consultant to the organizing group and worked on the website. She co-produced Born to Drum for 7 years. Jackie is co-founder of Women Drummers International, where she has served on the Board since its inception in February 2008. She has produced Drum Sundays since the fall of 2009, opening with our[…]
Our first annual silent auction and second annual “raffle” were great fun and led to much needed and appreciated donations to Born to Drum. Thanks to Cynthia Lewis and Annette Osenga (Silent Auction) and Elsie Militar and Linda Spengler (Raffle) for their leadership and hard work in making these events so successful. Thanks also to[…]