Saturday, April 19, 2008

Middle Eastern Treasures Concert, April 20, 2008

Tomorrow, Sunday, April 20th in Oakland there will be an afternoon of Music, Drums and Dance presented by master percussionist Mary Ellen Donald.

Special Note: For the first time in its long history, this event is not a potluck.

  • Nazir Latouf, Syrian born: oud and vocals
  • Mary Ellen Donald: doumbec, cymbals, zarb, tambourine and frame drum
  • Belly Dance by Brynn Mercedes
  • Belly Dance by Michelle Joyce
  • Silk Road Caravan: Afghani and Anatolian music Directed by Kevin Cloud
  • VARIETY PACK! chorus directed by Lauren Carley ~ Three Percussion Ensembles performing Mary Ellen's originals
  • Audience Dancing
WHEN: Sunday, April 20th, 2008
TIME: 2:00 to 5:00pm
LOCATION: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., near Broadway, Oakland, 94609 (parking lots available for early arrivers) for directions visit
COST: $16.00. . . includes a variety of beverages and light snacks
Children under 12: $8.00 ~ No sales in advance

For details call Mary Ellen at (510)654-DRUM (3786)
Click here for flyer:

Friday, April 18, 2008

Drum Classes for beginning Doumbec, Tar & Riq

If you live in the San Francisco Bay area and you are interested in beginning Doumbec, Tar & Riq classes, I highly recommend these classes with Mike Fair AKA Faraz. I first met Mike at a local drum circle several years ago and was impressed with his vast knowledge of middle eastern rhythms. When he offered classes, I immediately signed up. I've learned a lot of great technique for the Riq from Mike over the years.

Mike is the drummer for Meridian Major.

Come enjoy the fun & easy "sing-song" style to playing drums with Faraz.
Costs: $15 - $20 per session, early reservations rewarded with lowest fee.

In San Jose on April 30 @ 7:15PM At Khajulahs' Studio
In Sunnyvale on April 27 @1:30PM At Lunatic Fringe Studio

WHERE: Khajulah’s Home Studio
609 Minor Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
(Between Downtown SJ and Willow Glen, near 280, Bird Exit. Easy access via public trannsportation: light rail and bus route 64)
To secure your space, please contact Patrice/Khajulah: patrice-khajulah AT excite DOT com408-279-8524

For more information, please contact Mike/Faraz: msfair AT comcast DOT net

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

N.Scott Robinson appearing at the International Native American Flute Association Convention

For those who haven't heard the news, N. Scott Robinson will be the in-house world percussionist for the 2008 INAFA convention. Scott will be appearing on stage with a variety of Native American Flute players. The performances which will be held each evening of the convention. Scott is no newcomer to the Native American Flute, as he has appeared on several recordings, most notably with Mark Holland and Autumns Child.
When: July 9-13, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

Marla Leigh Frame Drum Workshop in San Francisco


Marla Leigh is presenting a frame drum workshop in San Francisco in two weekends from now..

She will cover many things, such as:

  • Frame Drum playing styles (lap, tar, free hand)
  • Hand drum notation
  • Composing for hand drums
  • Traditional Middle Eastern/Indian/African Rhythms
  • Improvising in all meters (based off of North/South Indian rhythmic theories)
  • Solkattu exercises
  • and much more.


  • DATE: April 27, 2008, from 2-5pm
  • Workshop is geared for both beginning and well-seasoned players.
  • All info and registration can be found at the link below.
  • Drums are provided and sold at discounted rates.


Friday, April 11, 2008

So what do you think about the new Blog Header?

I took a creative moment this afternoon to create a new header for the blog. What do you think? Should I keep it?

Monday, April 07, 2008

2008 LP catalog now available

I noticed that LP has released their 2008 catalog. You can download your copy here:

New for 2008:

They have a new angled Cajon out this year. Look's very cool. (I know that this isn't a frame drum, but I thought that my regular readers would appreciate the style of this new percussion instrument...))

Also new this year is a new rainstick, which LP is marketing as the "longest rainshower on the market". Pretty cool looking design