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Frame Drum Immersion w/ April Centrone

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The Source Woodstock

4228 Rt. 212

Lake Hill, NY 12448

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This is an intensive class designed to give students a professional foundation for playing the frame drum in all its most popular and beneficial uses and forms. Students have the opportunity to both learn the frame drum as a meditative and therapeutic tool, and as a powerful force in music composition, accompaniment and trance.

We will explore together ancient trance rhythms, popular rhythms for 'jams' or ensemble accompaniment, and world-class techniques, tips and tricks for those who wish to take their frame drumming to the next level.

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What is the Frame Drum?

By April Centrone

Around the world, more and more frame drum gatherings are taking place by women. It is our way of exploring ancient ceremony and empowering skills of our female ancestors before us. Frame drumming is a safe space for women to explore trance, grief, meditation, joy, healing, and sisterhood.

The frame drum dates back to the beginning of shamanism, as long ago as 100,000 years. Much of our recorded history reveals that women were indeed the drummers, and it was the frame drum with which they led sacred ceremony.

To this day, the frame drum is used by indigenous and devotional groups around the world, throughout Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, throughout Ireland and European nations such as Bulgaria and Bellarus, throughout the U.S. midwest where Native American tribes pray daily to preserve our water and sacred lands. The frame drum is also used in secular music performance around the world, in solo performance, small ensembles and grand orchestras. Percussionists Glen Velez and Jamey Haddad are just a couple of names who revolutionized the frame drum, incorporating percussive techniques and rhythms from around the world. As a result, frame drum has a central place in the contemporary music of today.

[Reference: When Women Were Drummers by Layne Redmond]

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Schedule:

2:00-6:00pm: Lap Position, Standing Position, Popular Grooves, Trance Rhythms from the Middle East and North Africa, Special Techniques and Combinations (will include short bathroom / water and snack breaks)

7:00pm-8:00pm Guided Performance with Sufi Dancers and musicians (open to the public)

Limited scholarships are available


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