Robin Layne returns for "Latin Rhythms Part II" !!

Those of you who participated in Robin's workshop a few months ago will attest to the fact that is was an awful lot of FUN! And exciting new rhythms were learned, too! Robin, percussionist with the amazing group Tambura Rasa,  is a great teacher and everyone is welcome to join in, whether or not you participated in Part I !
Robin will be giving two workshops, in much the same format as last time:
 Latin Rhythms Workshop II
Taking up where Latin Rhythms left off, this will be a dynamic workshop focused on exploring the folkloric rhythms of Cuba.  You will learn the techniques of conga drumming (on your djembe, or bring a conga drum), and popular rhythms such as marcha, bomba, columbia, and guanguanco.  A review of samba rhythms covered last time will also be presented.  No previous experience with latin rhythms necessary, some drumming experience recommended.  
Funk Grooves and Solo phrases 
Learn some funky grooves that can be played with other drummers or at a jam.  Learn about improvising together to create your own grooves and how to solo.  Robin will share a variety of two or three part grooves for Djembe that are great for jamming.  Several solo phrases will be taught to start building up a vocabulary on the drum.  Gain confidence and improvise together with guidance to co-create a groove.   All drummers welcome! 
Date for these workshops will be October 23rd. Time, venue and cost TBA. Keep checking back here for more info in the weeks to come.


Ubaka Hill leaves a lasting impression!

Well, we knew we were in for a treat - but we got so much more! It was absolutely amazing to be in the presence of this wonderful, soulful, soul-filled, spirited and positive woman - and what's more, we are all now "Sonic Facilitators" and "Master Drummers" at our own personal levels! With enough intention being sent out to the Universe, we will hopefully see her back here soon. Thank you, Ubaka! And thanks to all the participants who came from near and far - leave a comment here with regards to your workshop "journey" if you feel so inspired!

Playing for Change

This in from Jerzy in Campbell River:

Drummers, Dancers, Creators of a Better Future
Join us for a global Playing For Change Day drum circle on Saturday, September 17th at the Simms Park Pavilion in Courtenay, noon to 1:30 p.m. to support the Playing For Change Foundation which through music brings positive social change and hope to communities where hope is needed most.
I will be facilitating this circle - hope to see you all there!

Joy Burst a Success!

Check out the video (thank you Bob Huddart!) for last Saturday's flash mob-style Joy Burst! What fun!
If you'd like to be on Roberta's email list to be kept in the loop about future Joybursting in the Comox Valley, go to: www.joybursting.blogspot.com or email her at joyfreemove@hotmail.com.



Ubaka Hill at the Fallen Alders tomorrow, September 11th Sunday
2:30 - 5:30 pm
with vegetarian potluck to follow.
Please contact Monica if you are interested in joining last minute.


German for Beginners

Even though this has nothing directly to do with drumming, I'm taking the opportunity to make a little plug for my Beginners German class, starting September 27th. If you've ever felt like you'd like to learn a new language in a fun and supportive environment, this may be the class for you. Check it out! Viel Spass! Register through Courtenay Rec (250.338.5371 or 250.338.1000).