Amber Field Music & Liberation!

“Where I come from, we say that rhythm is the soul of life because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. For this reason the drum, next to the human voice, is our most important instrument. It is special.”–Babatunde Olunji, Nigerian djembe master.

The drum is the heartbeat. In the womb, the regular beat of the mother’s heart is the soundtrack of a baby’s liquid world, a vibrational constant that governs reality. Drums are an instrumental constant in every culture. I studied tabla in India for many years at Viswa Bharati University and am well versed in West African, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Latin rhythms.

I love helping people drum and sing at the same time. Full body bliss, and a total brain workout!

Free Your Voice while Drumming A and B: Learn 4 Middle Eastern rhythms and 4 songs from around the world, trance drumming, and how to drum and sing at the same time. Lots of jamming, improvisation, play, and expressive arts with the drum and voice.

Rhythm Weave: Learn West African drumming polyrhythms (3 part rhythms) and 3 part harmonies as we create a sound symphony together. Jamming, play, expressive arts with the drum and voice, and fun!

Free Your Voice while Drumming Part A (4 rhythms and 4 songs from around the world) 

  • 10 Thursdays 7:30 to 9pm, Jan 11-Mar 15, Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline St. at Ashby BART, Berkeley

Free Your Voice while Drumming Part B (4 rhythms and 4 songs from around the world) 

  • 10 Thursdays 7:30 to 9pm, Mar 22-May 24, Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline St. at Ashby BART, Berkeley

Rhythm Weave: 3-part harmony song with West African polyrhythms

  • 10 Mondays 7:15 to 8:45pm, Jan 8-Mar 12, Safehouse ARTS, 1 Grove St. at Market and 8th at Civic Center BART, San Francisco
  • 10 Thursdays 7:30 to 9pm, Oct 4-Dec 13 with Nov 22 off, Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline St. at Ashby BART, Berkeley

Drum recommendations for the class are djembe, doumbek, cajon, or Arabic tambourine. Suggested ones to buy: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Toca/Freestyle-Lightweight-Djembe-Drum.gc   any size, http://www.guitarcenter.com/Remo/Fixed-Head-Tambourine.gc  8 inch. These courses are suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners.

Early bird $333 by January 5. Afterwards, regular price $360.

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TESTIMONIALS

“They break down rhythm in a way that makes it incredibly tangible for a total beginner to percussion. And then they teach you to integrate your voice while drumming! An awesome teacher.” –Jai Singh, Free Your Voice 1, 2 and drumming student

“Amber’s class – Free Your Voice while Drumming – was outstanding. Amber is a superb teacher who makes learning drum polyrhythms accessible and fun. Our class became tight after just a few classes together, and we found ourselves doing things we didn’t think possible (and we’re not all musicians or singers – this is due to the way Amber sets up the songs and rhythms with varying levels of challenge, and always encourages us with heart and a smile). It’s more than just the rhythms, the forming of a meaningful group in a short time – it’s really a magical experience that has liberated new possibilities in my music and my being.” Lisa F, Free Your Voice while Drumming student
“I recommend this class! Amber created a supportive space for learning, stretching, listening, and curiosity. I haven’t grown up with much variety in rhythms and it’s fun to realize there is more to life than a 4×4 rhythm ;). I appreciate how you’re able to create a community while at the same time encourage the individual within it.”–Lucy A., Free Your Voice while Drumming student.

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