Thursday, September 27, 2007

Jerry Leake on YouTube

Here's a nice video of Jerry Leake solo'ing on Riq.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Please check out this transformational experience in paradise. Through drumming, chanting, dancing, yoga, ceremony, organic cuisine and luxurious hot spring soaks, you will connect with the ancient lineage of women drummers and create a sisterhood of spirited drumming goddesses! Marla Leigh is organizing this event.

Workshop includes the opportunity to experience:

  • Traditional drumming styles and rhythms from India, North Africa & the
    Middle East

  • Universal approach to playing any type of hand drum

  • How to easily improvise in both even and odd meters

  • How to effectively keep solid time

  • West African Drumming and Dancing from Ghana

  • Sacred chants from around the world

Plus 3 homemade organic meals per day, hot springs soaks, free time for yoga
classes @ Harbin and much more

Frame drums and some African drums provided, bring a drum if you have one.
Space is limited.

WHEN: October 26 -28, 2007
COST: Early Bird, $350(before October 6), Regular $395
Where: Harbin Hot Springs, CA

SPECIAL OFFER: Receive $50 off per each person you recommend to retreat!!

NOTE: Only a few spots remain as of the publishing of this entry!

(cell) 661.645.0724

Monday, September 24, 2007

Baltimore International Rhythm and Drumming Society

The Baltimore International Rhythm Festival
Returns With Sensational Line Up of Drumming and Dance

After a one year hiatus, the Baltimore International Rhythm Festival,
12th Edition, returns to St. John's United Methodist Church in Charles
Village at 27th St. and St. Paul St. on September 28th and 29th.

This year's festivities include evening concerts on both Friday and
Saturday, featuring on Friday tribal drumming of The Rhythm Shamans,
the Sufi devotional rhythms of the SAMA Ensemble, and the Shamanic
hip-hop of Freek Factory. While Saturday's bill includes, Djembefola
(master drummer) Mahiri Fadjimba Keita and friends, and progressive
Middle-Eastern / Arabic percussionist Raquy and the Cavemen
(considered by many as the Hottest Bellydance Music in the US).

Outside on Saturday, come and enjoy drum circles, local performers,
sideshows, belly dancing, and an intriguing line up of vendors -- its
a great place to buy that African drum you have always wanted. Also
Saturday, Jaqui MacMillan, Mahiri Keita, and Lisa Zahiya will offer
workshops in drumming and dance.

WHEN: Sept 28-29, 2007
TIME: The shows begin at 8 PM.
WHERE: St. John's United Methodist Church in Charles Village at 27th St. and St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD
COST: Tickets for both evening concerts are $15 for one night or $25 for
both (adults) and $10/$15 (students--6 to 17), kids 5 and under are
free. Tickets are available through the BIRDS website:

For additional information on the Baltimore International Rhythm
Festival contact Mr. Korup at
Voice Phone Number: 518-435-5343
Email Address:

2nd Annual Caravansary Frame Drum Festival

What: 2nd Annual Caravansary Frame Drum Festival
When: Sept 29-30, 2007
Where: St Mark's Church, Myddleton Square, London


There will be various workshops focusing on different drumming styles and techniques presented throughtout each day, highlighted by a Master Class with Hossam Ramzy on Sunday

For complete info, check out their website:

Thursday, September 20, 2007

David Kuckhermann on YouTube

Here's a great video by David Kuckhermann on Riq.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Yousif Sheronick on YouTube

Here's a great solo by Yousif Sheronick on Riq, on YouTube. He plays a Kevork Riq in this video.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Essential Frame Drum Method with Rowan Storm

Essential Frame Drum Method is a Workshop for Traditional Middle Eastern and Balkan Music with ROWAN STORM

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2007
Time: 2 - 5 pm. Registration starts at 1:45 pm
Cost: $25 at the door, cash only please
Location: Pacific Arts Center, 10469 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90025
(a few blocks east from the 405 Freeway, ample street parking)

For more information:

  • Beginners Welcome !
  • Learn essential elements of traditional playing technique for frame drums found
    throughout the Middle East and Balkans, including bendir, dayereh, daff and tambourine
  • Learn to play some basic rhythms for traditional music and dance
  • Learn to analyse and understand more deeply the rhythmic structure of music
  • For musicians, dancers, and music lovers
  • Bring your own frame drum if you have one Variety of drums available for workshop use and purchase with grateful support from Noisy Toys Drum Shop and Cooperman Drum Company

ROWAN STORM has been studying, recording, performing and teaching a wide range of
Middle Eastern percussion instruments for over 25 years throughout the United States,
Central America, Europe, Cyprus, Turkey, Iran and Kurdistan. She has collaborated with
some of the greatest masters of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music, including Michel
Mirhige Baklouk, Mohammed el-Akkad, Taksim Ensemble, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Necati
Celik, Domna Samiou, Tasia Vera, Yiannis Vasilopoulos, Ross Daly, Djamshid Chemirani,
Khalifeh Rahmeh, Nima Janmohammadi and Lian Ensemble. Since 2000 Rowan has studied
and performed in concert tours with the legendary master of Persian Classical music,
Mohammad Reza Lotfi.

Rowan performs in conservatories, universities, concert halls and broadcasts throughout
the United States, Central America, Europe, Turkey and Cyprus, and ancient amphitheaters
throughout the Mediterranean. Living in Greece and Switzerland since 1993, Rowan is a
leader in the current movement within Greek music and culture of embracing Shared
Oriental heritage. Recently she spent three months traveling alone throughout Iran,
deepening her understanding of Persian Classical music, the role of women in ancient,
sacred percussion traditions, as well as the deep eastern roots of Western culture. For
some of her Iran travels, see her weblog:

Rowan teaches at the week-long Middle East Music and Dance Camp during August in the
magnificent redwood forest of Mendocino, California:

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N. Scott Robinson on YouTube

This is my all-time favorite Riq solo by N. Scott Robinson. The song is called "Shaken not Stirred" it's off his "Things that happen fast" album.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Patrick Graham video on Youtube

Check out Patrick Graham in this video:

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Website for Eli Huli

Eli Huli has a new website up and it features beautiful pictures of his drums (like the Riq above). He makes Riq's, framedrumes (in various sizes), and Kanjira. Eli lives in Israel, where he makes the drums.

Here's his contact information:

Eli Huli
Givati st. # 4 Holon zip 58239
Phone number

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Great link with many of the great frame drummers

N. Scott Robinson recently posted this page to his website:

It contains the names, photos and a short bio of many of the most influential, modern framedrummers.

Thanks, Scott!