“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 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 1/4. Afterwards, regular price $360.
“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