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Bubble

I’m writing this post in response to a one-word prompt generated on the WordPress homepage. The word is “Bubble.”

Sometimes I feel that I live just on the edge of a bubble, maybe with part of me outside the bubble and part of me inside of it. What I mean by this is that sometimes I feel like I’m in touch with things that are going on in the world, in the news, in pop culture and in current thinking in general. But on the other hand, there are times when I feel completely out of the loop and in my own world.

To be in the know, or now, takes an incredible amount of time and energy. You have to scan the headlines each day, watch your favorite news service and hopefully discuss theses things as you interact with your partners, friends, colleagues and other random people you encounter on a daily basis. It’s actually very healthy to do because it make you engage – to inquire and respond – with others with the hopes that can offer different perspectives or help you reinforce how you feel about different topics.

It’s also good to self-reflect and look inside and explore your own feelings. By looking at your own experiences and beliefs you cab formulate stronger ideas and better respond to things.

Finally, regarding the word “bubble,” I have a good friend who is a professional bubbler. He used to do comedy juggling, but now most of his work is provided various types and quantities of bubbles for different kinds of activities.

GN

What type of things would you like to see on drumming website?

I’m thinking what would drummers, or people who are interested in drumming like to see on my website.

I could put up performance videos like this one:Lecture Recital performance  which is from a lecture recital on Dunumba I presented this past fall. Or, would they rather see educational demonstrations such as this video:Basic Strokes: 8s, 4s, doubles, singles and paradiddles. Or, I could put up my trasnscription of a djembe solo by Gbanworo Keïta from “Dounoumbe” on Percussions de Guinée vol.1.

I’m interested in your comments.

Thank you for reading.

G.

Gbaworo's Solo p1Gbaworo's Solo p2

Djembe Notation Key

Directions to My Teaching Studio

Directions to 448 Studios
The address is for my teaching studio is 448 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15223. However, building that houses it is located .02 miles off of Butler, it’s in the back section of a large industrial park. You should enter the industrial park from Butler St. across from the address 436 Butler Street.

The building has a key code access, so give me a call when you arrive.

Pilates Meets Percussion

Pilatesmeetspercussion-page-001In a few weeks I’ll be teaming up with Harmony Pilates in Pittsburgh to present a set of three Pilates mat classes with percussion accompaniment.
I’m looking forward to this new opportunity!

October 24, 31 and November 7

Saturdays 12:30-1:45

 

July 2 in Bedford, Pa

IMG_0028It was Hot Summer Night in Bedford with Queen City Funk and Soul. A big crowd was on hand to hear some great soul music by one of the region’s best bands.

I’ve played percussion with QCFS for over 10 years and it’s always a great time when we get together.

Our next performance in on August 6 at the Garrett County Fair near Deep Creek Maryland.

Composing Music: Full of Echoes Part 2

This is a portion of the music I made in 2012 for the Murphy Smith Dance Collective. It was my first attempt at using Garage Band to blend the sound of birds I recorded outside my window with some real percussion instruments and software instruments from the program. The work I did with this dance company started as an eight minute composition in three segments, which was used at a showcase for new choreographers. It led to my creating over an hours worth of music and sounds for an entire show staged in 2013 called “See What I Hear.”

Since that time, the demands of earning a living as a percussionist have kept me from composing; however, some comments from a dancer following I class I played for a few days ago gave me a little inspiration. He asked: “do you have a CD of your music?”

So I’m going through some old things and thinking of how I can put something together that would be useful for a dance teacher who doesn’t have the luxury of using an accompanist.

Wish me luck.

Cheers.

http://www.coalhillreview.com/dance-review-see-what-i-hear-by-murphysmith-dance-collective/