Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rhythms of the Earth - African Drumming Classes

Rhythms of the Earth
a drumming journey around the Wheel of the Year with Tammi Hessen

Come explore the ancient rhythms within yourself!  Rhythms of the Earth will combine the story of the djembe drum, the basics of how to play the djembe and dunun drums (a type of drum from West Africa), and how to put the techniques together to learn ancient traditional rhythms and songs. All this within the theme of the Wheel of the Year!  Each month we will explore rhythms and lore that express the changes in the natural world around us. 

Just like other instruments, these drums have notes that are combined to play music. We will work on the sounds of the notes and will play music that you can play alone or with other drummers. Whether you are a beginner drummer or an experienced one, join us to discover or improve your own sound on the drum, and to create music in community with others.

Classes are for all ages of drummers and all skill levels.
When:  Usually the second Saturday afternoon of each month
Time: 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: $15 per class, $75 in advance for a six-class card. $2 per class for drum rental
Where:  Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster (across from Central Market)
How to Register: Contact Radiance 717-290-1517, or stop in.
Dates:  February 11, 2012
  March 24
  April 14
            May 26
            June 9
            July 14

If you don't have a djembe, dunun (barrel-shaped stick drum), or ashiko drum, you can rent a djembe for $2 (technique instruction is focused on these drums, but you may also bring frame drums to play during the rhythms). Please request rental drums ahead of time for each class.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Just corrected a couple of the dates - Feb 11 and April 14 are correct. All of the classes are on Saturday afternoons....