Community drum circles are informal gatherings of people who meet for the purpose of playing drums together. They often take place in public settings such as parks or at the beach, but may also be organized via a community centre or similar body. Other instruments can be included, such as flutes, didgeridoos, and other non-percussion instruments. In Community drum circles the music is entirely improvised through a process of group interaction. There is no conductor or teacher. The participants make up the sound as they go along. Participation is voluntary and can include drumming, singing or chanting, dancing, and listening. Community drum circles often attract both regular and drop-in participants of all ages.
AFTER THE SEATTLE RHYTHM FESTIVAL
NOTE: We're not drumming together on May 7th. We plan on getting together again on the 14th - at our usual 1 - 3 time.
Four of our number are just back from the Rhythm Festival. Our two regulars joined us last Saturday, filled with new and enhanced experiences - enlivening much for all of us.
The World Rhythm Festival in Seattle is a showcase of high-energy dance and musical performances from around the globe. The three-day event is a participant-driven weekend of workshops and performances, featuring native group pieces, traditional styles and rhythm demonstrations.
Summer evening Circle in 100 Mile House Photo: Illy
Typically, people gather to drum in drum "circles" with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form a group consciousness. To entrain and resonate. By entrainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together.
- Mickey Hart
I was originally drawn to drumming because of the sounds that come from drumming, the resonant reverberation that stays in the air, and also the way it felt in my body. I come to drumming as therapy, because of the way it feels in my body; when I drum, or simply when I close my eyes and allow the drumming of others to wash over me. It's a vibrational massage that aligns and tunes me. In the work I do, witnessing the stories and pain and growth of others; I feel it's important not to get too caught up in that, not to have it stick or stay with me, and the drumming does this for me, it's a beautiful release. I had "two left hands" so to speak and stuck to the heartbeat drumming at first, but I am slowly learning to stretch and feel the beat deeper and answer back with more creativity. - Anon.
I release energy through drumming. I continually find myself getting physically stronger. My eye-hand-mind coordination is at a place it has never been before. I listen to music in ways I never thought possible (as in I begin to understand how some of it fits together).- Anon.
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Djembes, drum circles and related material - from selected sites, so results are usually of good quality.