2pm – Workshop begins
6pm – Dinner in the mushroom Cafe
7pm – Circle and Ecstatic Dance with members of the day’s workshop
7:45pm – Break
8pm – Kidimandi Performance and Ecstatic Dance
10pm – End of Event
11pm – CoSM Closes
The drum was a central part of the CoSM full moon ceremonies through its formative years and continues as it settles into its current home. Members of the Kidimandi troupe helped facilitate many of the full moon circles of the past. The drum returns to CoSM beginning in the daytime with a series of workshops on foundations of Percussion in the drum circle.
Saturday’s workshop will include foundations of Middle Eastern Percussion with Amanda Turk, West African Hand drumming with Aidan Talbot and Dunun Foundations with Carl Bridge
West African Hand Drumming:
This workshop will address the essentials of playing djembe, ashiko or other similar hand drums. We will address the different tones created and layering different parts to create rhythmic patterns and traditional songs
Foundations of middle eastern drumming:
This workshop is an exploration of the vibrant and exotic sounds of the dumbek.This instrument is a part of a rich history of Middle Eastern percussion, often characterized by intricate filled patterns, odd meters, and an amazing variety of tones. We will start out with basic hand technique and then move on to a few traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and how to seamlessly switch between them, which is especially useful when playing for bellydancers.
The Dununba, Sangban, and Kenkeni are the bass drums that create the foundation of Malinke percussion. Along with sharing resources for traditional rhythms, we will approach technique and explore how bells are used to create a framework for more precise playing within unfamiliar polyrhythmic patterns.
In the evening we will open to welcome all to an ecstatic dance and drum experience including a circle with players from the day’s workshop facilitated by members of Kidimandi. Followed by a high energy performance by Kidimandi. Come ready to move and sweat!
Kidimandi is a percussion troupe forged of connections built through the Earthspirit Community and Northeast Fire Circle Tribe. Their music is inspired West African rhythm and instrumentation infused with instruments and music from other traditions.
Amanda Turk has immersed herself in Middle Eastern percussion since discovering the doumbek in 2006, studying under the guidance of contemporary percussion masters Raquy Danziger (Brooklyn) and Bunyamin Olguncan (Istanbul). Amanda has traveled to Turkey and Egypt to delve deeper into a style of dumbek called the Turkish Split Hand Technique and applies these principles to frame drum, riq, and handpan as well. She is passionate about spreading awareness of this unique flavor of music and infusing the many voices and artfulness of these instruments into different community events such as dance and yoga classes, Kirtans, and festivals. When her hands are not on a drum, Amanda nurtures her passion for bodywork with her successful, fifteen-year practice in Northampton, MA.
Aidan Talbot has been studying and playing traditional African percussion in performing ensembles for more than 10 years and he holds a BA in Music Education and a Performance Certificate from the Crane School of Music. He has studied under master drummer Fana Bangoura and he currently teaches middle school music and directs choirs and instrumental groups. Aidan strives to bring his passion, joy, and love to his playing and teaching.
Carl Bridge is an multi-media artist, performer and educator. Along with his work as a visual artist within the realms of theater and film, he is passionate in his practice of martial and rhythmic arts. Over the past decade Carl has delved deeper into the realm of West African percussion by studying traditional Malinke rhythms and playing for dance classes and performance troupes. He is honored to be able to bring that practice as an offering to the CoSM family.
Martin Bridge was born into a lineage of artists and teachers and has been working as an arts educator for over 20 years. Martin has been a longstanding CoSM family member and appeared as frequent live painter and instructor at CoSM.