- February 28, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us weekly for a structured introduction to the foundational skills and concepts of Worldbeat Hand Drumming including hand technique, listening, comprehending polyrhythmic structure, and relating to Clave. Our goal is to impart correct hand technique for the instruments, including an appreciation of the cultural context for the rhythms. This allows us to to teach the Musicality of Community Drumming. The traditions of Worldbeat percussion evolved to facilitate a village of players cooperating to create coherent collaborative rhythms, where everyone uniquely contributes and everyone’s contribution is felt. It is this concerted effort that gives these rhythms their community-building potential. Studying these rhythms allows us to understand the underlying principles of construction and begin to apply that to our own efforts at rhythm crafting.
A standard class night will include Hand Technique Instruction, Call and Response practice leading into foundational rhythm sets (African or Middle Eastern), guided Orchestration of Polyrhythmic parts, and then Orchestrated Play, including starting and stopping with a Signal or “Break.” We will be continuing our tradition of studying seasonally appropriate rhythms from around the globe, and adding a “Mad Drum Circle Skills” Drills & Skills Development segment to each class. Just as an example, our most recent Friday classes presented the rhythms Tansole (Mali/Guinea); Ayuub (Morocco/Egypt); Cha Cha Cha (Cuba/Afro-Latin), and Jingo (Nigeria).
Martin “Wolf” Murphy, M.A. (English), RYT has been instructing, facilitating drum circles, and storytelling with the drum for decades. He has incorporated a wide diversity of tribal instruments (as well as found and created ones) into his performances and recordings. He has completed the Remo Health Rhythms Facilitator training; is a Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention Authorized Therapy Provider; and has performed, practiced Sound Healing modalities, and recorded from coast to coast.
He has recently published The Encyclopedia of World Rhythms, Vol. 1 (2013); and is working on The Encyclopedia of World Rhythms, Vol. 2 for release in 2014.He is a founding member of numerous percussion ensembles including Orlando’s Umoja; SHREDD!, and his current project, Flammable Babylon. He has played with Red Shift Mantra; Mizna; Gypsy Caravan and the G.C. Remix Band, The Manteis Project, Chicago Aissawa; Tam Tam Congo, Tam Tam Africa, the Legendary JCs, Liberation 44, and more.
Most recently he completed Shine On Yoga’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and has done numerous workshops incorporating drumming for brainwave entrainment with yogic practice, as well as continuing ongoing vibrational energy cleansings and treatments using instrumentation including rattles, singing bowls, bells, and gongs.
He has studied with master drummers from West Africa, the Congo, the Middle East and more. He has trained on ngoma, djembe, and dunun, as well as Arabic/North African tabla, riqq, and frame drums. He produced, directed, and performed in the award-winning “The Extraordinary Fila” for the 2005–06 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festivals.
As a P.U.R.E. (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) Drum Faciltator he helped found both the Orlando, FL and Portland, OR chapters. He also founded a “Drums Not Drugs” program in Orlando, FL to present drumming as a community and self-esteem building exercise for at-risk and challenged youth at counseling centers and in various schools.
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Venue: True Serenity