Monday, December 24, 2007

Glen Velez Finger Snap Lesson

Here's a short video on how to finger snap by Glen Velez:

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Glen Velez on YouTube

Here's a great little video of Glen Velez playing the frame drum in the form which he has made popular and influenced so many frame drummer today.

Now if I could only learn to snap like he does... awesome!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Javier Villar on Youtube

Here's a nicely produced, filmed and recorded Riq solo by Javier Villar:

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Jarrod Cagwin Riq solo

Here's a short but sweet Riq solo in the "classical" position:

Monday, December 10, 2007


Music Community Resources, a nonprofit organization presents:

A Workshop for Traditional Middle Eastern and Balkan Music

the drummer is naturally ambidextrous



Saturday 11 am - 5 pm . 19 January 2008
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm . 20 January 2008
Saturday and Sunday $90 . only Saturday $50
informal gathering Saturday evening with guest musicians

Fellowship Hall . Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
Winslow . Bainbridge Island . Washington

a short walk from the Seattle ferry
close to restaurants . some overnight housing available
please pre-register . for more information:
Forest . . (360) 385-6114

Beginners Welcome

a method to access both sides of the brain with
Frame Drums of the Middle East and Balkans
bendir * daff * dayereh * tambourine

* rhythms of traditional music and dance
* rhythmic structure of music
* rhythmic development

* bring your own frame drum if you have one,
* preferably with a narrow frame
* some drums available for workshop use and purchase

with kind support from Cooperman Drum Company

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ROWAN STORM has been studying, performing and teaching a wide
range of Middle Eastern percussion instruments for over 25 years
in many countries, collaborating with some of the greatest masters
of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music. Since 2000 Rowan has
studied and performed in concert tours with the legendary Master
of Persian Classical music, Mohammad Reza Lotfi.

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 Rowan traveled alone for three
months 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,

Sunday, December 02, 2007



A new association for professionals and enthusiasts of the frame drum in all styles and locations. The association is located in the USA but open to all to join. More info about becoming a member will appear on the NAFDA websites soon. The NAFDA websites are and . Be sure to join the new My Frame Drums Group for current info -

Each year NAFDA will put on a large frame drum festival for its members that features concerts, workshops, and presentations from top frame drummers in all styles.

The frame drum festival makes it a point to feature a concentration of frame drummers from the northeast USA area including female frame drummers, national and international frame drum artists, and new and up and coming talent in frame drumming.

The North American Frame Drum Association's FRAME DRUM FEST 2008, the first ever of its kind in the USA, will take place on March 28-30, 2008 in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. This special first event of the NAFDA will be open to all. Following events will be open to members only.

Confirmed artists for the festival concerts, workshops, and presentations include:

Guest Artists:

Limited space for 35 participants! Registration info will appear on soon! For reservations and info contact .

Festival is all inclusive on site: 2 concerts, 2 presentations, 1 clinic, 9 workshops, 2 nights lodging, and 7 meals for $375.00 per person.

Artists' booth will have frame drums, CDs, DVDs, and books for sale.
Private lessons with individual artists available (extra charge per lesson).
Proposed Schedule (subject to change):

North American Frame Drum Association – Frame Drum Fest 2008 in Morristown, NJ - USA.

FRIDAY: March 28, 2008

11:00 am - 2:30 pm - meet & greet.
3:00 pm - 4:20 pm - Workshop: Marla Leigh - Intro to Frame Drumming (Tar).
4:30 pm -5:30 pm - Clinic: Jamey Haddad - Frame Drums & Looping.
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Dinner
7:30 - 9:30 pm - Concert: Valerie Dee Naranjo, Marla Leigh, Rafael
Pereíra, John de Kadt, Shane Shanahan, Steafan Hannigan & Saskia
Tomkins (fiddle), Jamey Haddad Trio.
Post-concert: Evening hang / practice / jam sessions / private lessons

SATURDAY: March 29, 2008

7:00 am - 8:45 am - Breakfast on site.
9:00 am - 10:20 am - Workshop: Rafael Pereíra - Modern Pandeiro & Tamborim Styles.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Workshop: Glen Fittin - Techniques for Bendir.
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch on site.
1:10 - 2:00 pm - Presentation by N. Scott Robinson on Kanjira Research
in India.
2:10 - 3:20 pm - Workshop: Steafan Hannigan - Traditional Irish Bodhran.
3:30 - 5:30 pm - Workshop: Carlo Rizzo - Tamburello & Polytimbral Tambourine.
5:30 - 7:20 pm - Dinner / Break.
7:30 - 9:30 pm - Concert: Michel Mirhej Baklouk, Yousif Sheronick & Kathryn Lockwood (viola), Glen Fittin & N. Scott Robinson with K. S. Resmi (Carnatic vocals), David Kuckhermann, Glen Velez, Carlo Rizzo.

Post-concert: Evening hang / practice / jam sessions / private lessons

SUNDAY: March 30, 2008

7:00 am - 8:45 am - Breakfast on site.
9:00 am - 10:20 am - Workshop: Michel Mirhej Baklouk & Yousif Sheronick - Traditional & Modern Riq Techniques.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Workshop: Shane Shanahan - Techniques for Multiple Frame Drums.
12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch on site.
1:15-2:10 pm - Presentation by ethnomusicologist Jennifer Caputo on
Tammurriatta and Tammorra in Southern Italy.
2:20-3:20 pm - Workshop: N. Scott Robinson - Fusion Techniques for Ghaval.
3:30-5:30 pm - Workshop: David Kuckhermann - Persian Hand Drumming Techniques of Tonbak & Daf on Frame Drums.
Post concert - dinner & disperse.