I will be teaching a West African drumming class at Brighton Music Center on Wednesday nights beginning July 11 to August 22 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The class will be for beginner to intermediate level drummers.
Over the course of six classes we’ll learn the basics of hand drumming and play djembe drumming pieces from Mali and Guinea in West Africa. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the djembe and dun dun and rhythms associated with each piece. We’ll also learn songs that go with the drumming, as well as musical arrangements for the ensemble. There will also be an opportunity to learn drum solos that go with each piece.
Classes will take place in July 11, 18, 25 and August 8, 15, 22 – there’s no class on August 4.
You can pay for the course in two different packages: all six classes for $75 or three classes for $50. If you’d prefer to drop for a single class the cost will be $20.
I’ll be leading an open drumming session at Greenfield Presbyterian Church, this Thursday, February 24 from 7–9 p.m. Some loaner drums will be provided. I’ll be asking for a five dollar donation from each participant.
The church is located at 3929 Coleman St. Pittsburgh, PA 15207.
My intention with this event is to provide an indoor environment where people can come together to drum, and have fun.
Drumming brings people together. My hope is that in this context, we can create rhythms that are the result of the collective creativity of everyone present.