May 26th - Carnival of Rhythm at the Royston Community Hall

To register for workshops and info contact Monica

Afro-Latin Drumming Workshops and Concert (4:30 - approx 10 pm)

Workshop cost: $25 for one or $40 for both (includes admission to evening concert)

Concert only: $15

Join renowned percussionist Robin Layne for two workshops that celebrate the joy of drumming, followed by a solo marimba concert (free for workshop participants).  Both of the rhythms you will learn are about celebrating and bringing people together through the gift of music.  In traditional cultures the world over, drumming, singing, and dancing are intertwined and are a part of daily life.  I have been drumming most of my life and have had the opportunity to study with some fantastic teachers all over the world.  I personally love to teach because there are few things more enjoyable than seeing a group of people who may or may not know each other, suddenly communicating through the universal language of music.

Workshop 1: Samba-Reggae
Learn to play for Samba-Reggae a lovely groove from Baia - Northern Brazil.  We will use djembe, congas, doun-doun and bells.  This rhythm has become popular not just in Brazil and is a great mix of samba and reggae, two of my favourite grooves.

Workshop 2: Conga de Comparsa
Learn to play this fun carnival rhythm from Cuba on djembe, congas, doun-doun and bells.  This is one of my personal favourites to play with a group.  When you get all the parts synched in just right, it's fantastic.  This rhythm is played throughout the streets of Cuba during Carnival time.

6:30-7:00 -  drum jam

Break for dinner (potluck)

8:00 pm  -  marimba concert and performance of drum pieces from workshop
For more about Robin:
Robin Layne has performed across China, Europe, the U.S. and Canada at jazz and folk festivals.  He can currently be found performing with world fusion group Tambura Rasa and Latin Folk band Locarno.  As an educator, he loves sharing his passion for music and rhythm with children of all ages and can be found teaching workshops around B.C and touring the school districts.  He is on the faculty of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, where he teaches mallets and percussion, and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts where he accompanies dance.   Robin is a graduate of the L.A. Music Academy and V.C.C. School of Music.  His love for world music has taken him to Cuba where he studied with the Folclorico Nacional Ballet Cutumba and most recently to Guinea and Mali to study the traditional music and culture, funded in part by BC Arts Council
. www.robinlayne.ca