Thursday, April 30, 2009


NAFDA West - California Frame Drum Festival

October 17, 2009 - North Hollywood, California, USA

REMO Recreational Music Center
7308 Coldwater Canyon (1/2 block North of Sherman Way)
North Hollywood, California 91605 USA

$100.00 (US) - all-inclusive for workshops & concert (lodging, travel
& meals not included)


Workshops: Oct. 17, 2009

9:00 am - 10:15 am - Dror Sinai - Introduction to Tar & Bendir

BREAK - 15"

10:30 am - 11:45 am - Houman Pourmehdi - Techniques & Rhythms of Persian Daf

BREAK - 15"

LUNCH on own - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm - N. Scott Robinson - Modern Bodhran Techniques

BREAK - 15"

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm - Brad Dutz - Pandeiro Techniques & Rhythms

BREAK - 15"

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Randy Gloss - Kanjira Techniques

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Abbos Kosimov - Uzbek Doyra Techniques

DINNER on own - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Concert: John Bergamo Tribute

Oct. 17, 2009 - Concert - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Doors open: 7:30 pm

(Open to the public - $15.00 at door - cash only)


John Bergamo Dedication,

Hands On'semble (Randy Gloss, Austin Wrinkle & Andrew Grueschow),

Abbos Kosimov,

Houman Pourmehdi,

K. S. Resmi (Carnatic Vocals) & N. Scott Robinson,

Dror Sinai,

Miranda Rondeau,

Brad Dutz

North American Frame Drum Association, Inc.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009


[Editor's note: updated on 5/1/2009]

NAFDA South - Southern Frame Drum Festival

September 12, 2009 in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA


Hosted by

Georgia Center for the Arts / Murray Arts Center
2250 Stilesboro Road
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152 USA

$100.00 per person for all workshops & concert (not including travel, lodging and meals)

Director: Dave Holland


Workshops by

-Yousif Sheronick - Modern Bodhran Techniques

-Matt Kilmer - Ocean Drum & Kanjira Techniques

-N. Scott Robinson - Riqq Techniques

-Randy Gloss - Hand Held Frame Drum Techniques

-Rafael Pereira - Pandeiro Techniques

Evening Concert with (Subject to Change):

-Winthrop University Percussion Ensemble

-B. Michael Williams

-Todd Roach

-The New Aiyê Project - André Rievers (guitar & vocal), Rafael Pereíra, Juan Bonini (percussion)

-Paul "River" Guerguerian & John Vorus (didjeridu & electronics)

-N. Scott Robinson & K. S. Resmi (Carnatic vocals)

-Matt Kilmer

-Yousif Sheronick

-Randy Gloss


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Frame Drums and Singing ~ Private Lessons and Workshop

with Rowan Storm
Athens Greece, 27 April - 23 June 2009

Frame Drums and Singing
~ and other Middle Eastern Percussion
~ Private Lessons and
~ Frame Drums and Singing Workshop (more info soon)

Private lessons for percussion instruments including:
- Frame Drums: bendir, tambourine (riq), daff, and Rowan Storm Dayereh, now in production at Cooperman Drums
- Darbukka, (dumbek or tumbeleki), tombak, finger cymbals

- For beginners through advanced
- Learn efficient technique, empowering you to play for many hours with stamina and confidence
- Learn to play with authority and power, from the most basic to complex rhythms
- Learn to improvise and stay grounded 'in time'
- Learn to play with ensembles of traditional music
- Learn to play with percussion groups
- Learn to sing and play simultaneously, with songs from Armenia, Greece, Turkey, Iran

- Greek, English, Persian languages spoken

30 and 31 May
Frame Drums and Singing ~ Weekend Workshop
with Carpet Concert
~ more info coming soon

Please contact
0030 210 3643685

Monday, April 27, 2009

NAFDA Canada - Canadian Frame Drum Festival

NAFDA Canada - Canadian Frame Drum Festival - 6 spots left!

Cost: $90.00 Canadian (or $75.00 US dollars) for all 6 workshops and the 2 hour concert.

Event is all-inclusive only - pay one price for entire day
(does not include travel, meals or lodging).


June 14, 2009 - Sunday

at The Royal Conservatory
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada

Workshops - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

with Trichy Sankaran - South Indian kanjira, Ziya Tabassian - Persian daf, Patrick Graham - Mediterr-Asian Tambourine, N. Scott Robinson - modern bodhran, Steafan Hannigan - Irish bodhran, Alan Hetherington - Brazilian pandeiro.

Concert - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm (open to public - $15.00 per ticket)

featuring: Trichy Sankaran, Todd Roach, Thamima Sousa de Carvalho, N. Scott Robinson & K. S. Resmi, Cairdeas (Steafan Hannigan with Saskia Thomkins and Elizabeth Barlow), Patrick Graham & Gary Diggins, Alan Hetherington & Wagner Petrilli and Escola de Samba de Toronto.



NAFDA Canada Frame Drum Scholarship - APPLY NOW!

Awarded to a one deserving Canadian university percussion student to cover the workshop & concert cost of NAFDA Canada frame drum festival (90$ CAD total value). To apply, applicants should send proof of student status (meaning a copy of your university ID and a recommendation letter from your private teacher at the program you are registered for on university letterhead in English), a short 3-5 minutes video demonstration (DVD-R minus video in NTSC format only) of your percussion ability with a letter stating your full name, address, e-mail, and experiences and interest in hand drumming. The winner will be decided by vote by a panel of 3 judges drawn from the NAFDA Canada artist roster with attention given to university percussionists with a demonstrated hand drumming ability who send in complete applications by the deadline.

DEADLINE to apply: May 15, 2009

Winner announced by e-mail - June 1, 2009

Send completed applications to:

Patrick Graham
308 Murray Street
Greenfield Park, Quebec
J4V 1N7 Canada

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I will be in Israel in May

I will traveling to Israel for 10 days next month. I am looking forward to connecting with Kobi Hagoel and others. Drop me a line if you're in Israel and want to get together and jam, I'll be bringing my Riqq and several Native American style flutes with middle eastern tunings...

Amazing Darbuka Solo

Check out this kid: